How to Recover From a Cesarean Section

A recovery from a cesarean birth can be more difficult than recovery from a vaginal birth. You will need follow some rules in order to have a speedy recovery.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Help from a family member if possible
  • Postpartum surgical belt


Most of the time cesarean sections are done while you are awake. However, sometimes you will be put under with anesthesia. If anesthesai has been used, keep this in mind. You will probably be extremely thirsty when you wake up. Be very careful about how much you drink at first. Take a few small sips and then wait a few minutes. Try a few more small sips again. If you drink too much too fast, you might throw up. That is the last thing you want right now.


Try different positions for holding your baby when nursing. Try to avoid plopping the baby directly over your incision. A nice sideways hold works well.


After your catheter is removed, the nurse will make you get out of bed. You have to do it so just move slowly and carefully. It is not as bad as you think.

Home portrait of pregnant woman


During your hospital stay, the nurses will encourage you to take walks around the hospital halls. Although you might not feel up to it, it is important to do so. Getting up and about will help you get some strength back. It will also help to alleviate the inevitable gas you will have after a cesarean section.


Once you are home, take it easy!! If you have someone to help you, let them help you as much as possible. Although getting up and about is good, you don’t want to overdo it. Do not lift anything heavier than the baby. Your housework can wait because your physical recovery is more important.


A surgical postpartum belt can give your abodomen nice support. You will find it helpful because it reduces the strain on your tender muscles. If you do not have one, support pantyhose with the legs cut off can be used instead. When you are lying down, a pillow tucked up nice and firm to your abdomen is helpful as well.



Call your doctor if you have any concerns at all. Follow up with your doctors for your postpartum checks. The scar area will remain numb for a few months but usually the feeling comes back. It will also fade very nicely in time.