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How long does it take to recover from a caesarean section?

Recovery time after a caesarean section can be up to six weeks. During this time you will be unable to lift anything heavier than your baby and will need to get as much rest as possible. Getting help from partners, relatives and friends can help with rest and recovery. It is usually advised not to drive a car during the recovery time. It is common to feel numbness around the incision and aches and pains for up to three months after the operation.

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Author: Dr Nikki Wallis PhD, BSc
First answered: 27 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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