You are going home after a C-section. You should expect to need help caring for yourself and your newborn. Talk to your partner, parents, in-laws, or friends.
What to Expect
You may have bleeding from your vagina for up to 6 weeks. It will slowly become less red, then pink, and then will have more of a yellow or white color. Bleeding and discharge after delivery is called lochia.
At first, your incision will be raised slightly and pinker than the rest of your skin. It will likely appear somewhat puffy.
- Any pain should decrease after 2 or 3 days, but your incision will remain tender for up to 3 weeks or more.
- Most women need pain medicine for the first few days to 2 weeks.
- Over time, your scar will become thinner and flatter and will turn either white or the color of your skin.
You will need a follow-up appointment with your health care provider in 4 to 6 weeks.