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Post Cesarean Section Pain

After having a Cesarean section delivery, it can have a big impact on a mother’s physical and mental health. The surgery can be lifesaving for the baby and the mom. However, there are risk factors associated with the procedure. Recovery period may take a while, but usually full recovery takes 4 to 6 weeks. It varies from person to person. The drugs used to numb the patients during the surgery may cause nausea, fatigue, discomfort, or itchiness. Self-care and rest are crucial after a C-section. Seek pain relief prescribed from the doctor to speed up the recovery process. Checking for signs of infection around the incision area is also essential.  If swollen or leaking, seek medical attention from your health care provider. Medical health problems, such as diabetes, may make recovery period much longer.

Patients who undergo a C-section procedure can expect:

  • Vaginal discharge
  • Contractions
  • Afterpains
  • Tender breasts and soreness
  • Pelvic pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Hair and skin changes
  • Weight loss
  • Mood changes

Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the common symptoms after a C- section, which includes:

  • Intense uterine cramps
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Frequent headaches
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Ruptured incision
  • Intense calf pain, accompanied by swelling and numbness
  • Shortness of breath

Post C-section Checkup

Postpartum care and checkup are recommended from specialists because moms are at risk of serious and sometime self- threatening health complications. Discomfort and body changes may indicate warning signs or symptoms of a health problem. Follow up with your doctor within the first 3 weeks and 6 to 12 weeks after delivering your child for postpartum evaluation. The check up and evaluation may include checking your sleeping habits, information about infant care, and a physical exam. Checking body parts such as your vagina, cervix, and uterus may be necessary to check if the healing process is gradually improving.


The contents contained within this page are not a substitute for health professionals’ advice, diagnosis, or treatment. We advise that you seek advice from a qualified healthcare practitioner. We fully disclose that any surgical or invasive procedures come with risks.

For more details on how to relieve or treat chronic pain, you can reach out to one of our pain specialists at any of our pain care clinic locations. We establish a caring relationship and provide patients with pain relief when needed the most.

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