You may have planned every aspect of your baby’s delivery, homecoming and return to work–except an unexpected cesarean, or C-section. Although, C-sections can be scheduled in advance, there are often done in response to an unforeseen complication.
A C-section is preformed when your baby can’t be delivered vaginally. It is an operation in which an incision is made in your abdomen and uterus to remove the baby.
With any kind of surgery, there are risks to undergoing a C-section. For instance, it can produce blood clots, increased bleeding, infections and injury to the bladder or bowels.
Although you may go home three to five days after your C-section, you will have to wait four to six weeks to return to work, according to the Mayo Clinic. That is the time it will take your C-section incision to heal properly.
Your doctor will perform a C-section if your labor has stalled, you are carrying more than one baby, you have a health problem, or if there’s a problem with your placenta or the umbilical cord, according to the Mayo Clinic. A C-section might also be warranted if your baby is too large, breeched, or in an abnormal position, or if the baby is having problems for some other reason.
Avoid tasks like sit-ups, heavy lifting, exercise and routine activities like shopping, cooking and housework while your incision heals.