How soon can I drive or travel after giving birth?

If you had a cesarean delivery, a painful episiotomy, or a low blood count, you should not drive for three to six weeks. If you are planning a long-distance trip in the first six weeks, speak with your medical provider first. In general, you can travel locally, but be aware of the possibility of overexertion and fatigue. On long road trips, get out of the car every hour or so, and walk for several minutes to help your circulation.

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