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Helpful Hints After Cesarean Birth

Preventing An Infection After A C-Section
If you gave birth to your baby by cesarean delivery, you will need to recover from both childbirth and surgery. You will need to add at least 1 to 2 more weeks to your recovery time before resuming your normal activities.

Getting Out of Bed and Moving Around

  • Raise the head of the bed, if possible, before getting out of bed.
  • Roll onto your side.
  • Lower your legs over the side of the bed. Breathe normally.
  • Push to a sitting position with your arms.
  • Support the incision with your hand or a pillow as you move or cough.
  • Sit on the side of the bed for a few minutes before you try to stand.
  • Stand up slowly. Try to stand as tall as you can.

Keeping Your Lungs Clear
It is important to cough and to take deep breaths after surgery or Cesarean Birth to help your lungs. However, coughing can cause your incision to hurt. To lessen discomfort, place a pillow over your belly and lean forward when coughing. Take deep breaths often throughout the day.

Gas Pain
Gas pain is common after any type of abdominal surgery. You can help to move the gas along and lessen the pain by trying the suggestions listed below.


  • Walk inside and outside of your room as soon as you are able. Gradually increase the distance you walk each time you walk.
  • The hospital staff will help you as long as you need help.


  • Lie on your left side with your legs bent and a pillow between your knees. A small towel rolled under your stomach may help prevent a pulling sensation on your stitches.
  • Lie on your stomach, on a pillow, 20 to 30 minutes at a time, if able.

Eating and Drinking

  • Drink warm liquids to keep your bowels active.
  • Avoid drinking very cold liquids.
  • Do not use a straw.
  • Avoid carbonated drinks (soda) and gas-producing foods (beans, cabbage, and melon are some examples).
  • Drink and eat slowly.

If these techniques do not help, you may want to ask your doctor to approve a physical therapy consultation. The physical therapists at Woman’s Center for Wellness can instruct you on abdominal massage and exercises.