What are the physical restrictions after a C-section?

Brian C. Josephs, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Cesarean delivery is major abdominal surgery. Brian Josephs, MD, FACOG from Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center explains the healing process for a C-section in this video.
Jeremiah E. McNamara, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Some of the physical restrictions after a cesarean section (C-section) include avoiding activities where you need to bear down using your core and lifting no more than 15 lbs for a few weeks after delivery. This can generate a lot of pressure in your abdomen that stretches your C-section incision and may slow its healing. You should also avoid intercourse for 1 to 2 weeks, or until we see you back in the clinic to minimize the chances of infection or bleeding. You may also need to avoid driving for a couple weeks because pain medications may affect your reaction time. Plus, slamming on car brakes can be difficult or painful after a major surgery.
Linda S. Katz, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Restrictions from a caesarean section include no heavy lifting and limits on driving. Watch Linda Katz, MD, an OB/GYN at West Hills Hospital, describe some other precautions to ensure a complete recovery from the C-section surgery.
Scripps Health
For C-section mothers, walking up stairs and driving should be limited for two weeks after birth. There should be no exercise for six weeks.

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Cesarean Delivery (C-Section) & Pregnancy

Cesarean section (C-section) is a surgical procedure to deliver your baby through an incision into your abdomen. Some C-sections are planned in advance because you may have multiple fetuses or may have had a previous C-section. Ho...

wever, others are done as emergency procedures such as when your baby is not getting enough oxygen. Talk to your doctor about C-section during your pregnancy so that you'll know what to expect if you need to have one.

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