How long does it take to heal from a C-section?

Everyone is different, but most people heal in about six weeks. You’ll need to follow guidelines from your doctor or midwife, but here are a few things you can expect in those six weeks.

  • Week 1: You may spend a few days in the hospital. When you go home, you’ll need to rest and keep your wound clean and follow all of your doctor or midwife recommendations.
  • Weeks 2-5: Your wound will keep healing. Your doctor will let you know how it’s going at your first postpartum visit. You should tell your doctor if you’ve been bleeding heavily, your legs have been swelling or you have been having trouble breathing. You also must tell your doctor if you’ve been feeling sad or upset.
  • Week 6: You should be able to do your normal activities if your wound has healed and your body feels better. If you don’t feel ready for normal life yet, talk to your doctor. It’s very important that you take the time that you need to fully heal.