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What are the physical restrictions after a C-section?

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.

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.

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