Most women will remain in the hospital for 2 to 3 days after a cesarean delivery. Take advantage of the time to bond with your new baby, get some rest, and receive some help with breastfeeding and caring for your baby.
What to Expect after a C-section
Right after surgery you may feel:
- Groggy from any medicines you received
- Nausea for the first day or so
- Itchy, if you received narcotics in your epidural
You will be brought to a recovery area right after surgery, where a nurse will:
- Monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, and the amount of your vaginal bleeding
- Check to make sure your uterus is becoming firmer
- Bring you to a hospital room once you are stable, where you will spend the next few days
After the excitement of finally delivering and holding your baby, you may notice just how tired you are, like the way one probably feels after running a marathon.
Your belly will be painful at first, but it will improve a lot over 1 to 2 days.
Some women feel sadness or an emotional letdown after delivery. These feelings are not uncommon. DO NOT feel ashamed. Talk with your health care providers and partner.