No two caesarean sections are the same; while one mum may feel back to normal after a couple of weeks others may take a little while longer.
However, when it comes to recovery there are a few things that all women need to bear in mind until they have made a full recovery.
Whether you had an emergency or elective C-section, there are a few things you need to remember during your recovery period.
1. Drink plenty of fluids
Keeping your fluid levels up can help prevent constipation and dehydration.
2. Hold your incision area when making sudden movements
Whether you’re sneezing, coughing or even laughing you should gently hold your incision area.
3. Maintain good posture
If possible, when walking around and sitting try to maintain good posture to help with the healing.
4. Rest as much as you can
Your body has just gone through a huge ordeal and will need plenty of rest to recover. Avoid lifting anything too heavy and rest up as much as you can for at least six weeks
5. Keep an eye out for infection
Call your doctor if the incision becomes red or swollen, extremely painful or you develop a fever – these are all signs of an infection.
6. Take care when moving around
Your body will feel still and sore for a few weeks at least; make sure you take extra care when walking around or doing anything in general until you feela little bit better.
7. Talk to your doctor about pain relief
Your doctor or GP should be able to recommend pain relief for you to help with the discomfort.