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      Category : Health Centers > Pregnancy and Childbirth


Alternate Names : Cesarean Section, Abdominal Delivery, Abdominal Birth

C-Section | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

It takes longer to recover from a c-section than from a vaginal birth. Once she is home, a woman should:

  • try to get some help from friends and family or from paid employees, for the first few days
  • try to use the stairs very little for the first week
  • walk daily to keep blood clots from forming in her legs
  • use a heating blanket on the incision, if needed to provide comfort
  • keep taking prenatal vitamins
  • eat a balanced diet with plenty of fluids to prevent constipation
  • What are the potential complications after the procedure?

    Problems are possible with any surgery that requires anesthesia. These include:

  • problems with the anesthetic, such as breathing problems or drug reactions
  • reactions to medicines, such as antibiotics or pain relievers
  • bleeding
  • a higher risk that blood transfusions will be needed
  • a pelvic or wound infection
  • bladder infection or trauma to the bladder
  • Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the doctor.

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    Author: Eva Martin, MD
    Reviewer: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 09/15/02

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