You will be encouraged to get out of bed and mobilise within the first 24 hours after surgery. This will help start the healing process and get you used to moving around with your incision.

  • If staples were used for your incision they will most likely be removed around day 5-7 after birth
  • If stitches were used, they will be dissolvable ones
  • After your dressing has been taken down there may be steri strips left on the wound. These will start to peel off over the next few days and this is when it is time to remove them completely
  • You can shower normally and wash your body with soap. That soap will run over the wound; that is ok. Just avoid rubbing soap into your wound over the first week or so
  • You should look at your wound every day over the first few weeks. The wound edges should be together and there should be no gapping of the incision. There should not be redness, ooze or heat coming from the wound and surrounding skin
  • Make sure you watch for fever or pain, which can be a sign of infection
  • Wear underpants in the first few days that are a big high cut style to come up and over your wound

Things to avoid

  • Avoid taking baths until your incision is healed and you are no longer bleeding (up to 6 weeks)
  • Public pools and hot tubs
  • Lifting anything heavier than your baby
  • Repeatedly using stairs
  • Exercise until your health care provider says it’s safe
  • Driving within the first 4-6 weeks

Reasons to seek medical advice

  • Fever
  • Severe headache that begins right after birth and does not let up in intensity
  • Sudden onset of pain in the abdominal area, such as tenderness or burning
  • Foul smell from vaginal discharge
  • Sudden onset of pain in the incision area that can include a pus discharge
  • Swollen, red, painful area in the leg
  • Burning urination or blood in the urine
  • Appearance of rash or hives

Wound care after Caesarean birth

The days following the birth of your baby, can be challenging in many ways. This time can be even more challenging for a mom who has undergone a caesarean delivery. After all deliveries, women must take time to allow their body to rest and heal.

MAMA says: Focus on a well-balanced diet of fresh seasonal foods postnatally to aid in wound healing and avoid constipation.