After your caesarean section birth, you will need to take extra care of your body due to the wound left behind by surgery.
This means that some everyday activities, such as driving, will have to take a backseat (in this instance, the passenger seat) whilst your body fully gets back to normal.
In this blog, we’ll cover why you shouldn’t drive following your caesarean section and when you can get back behind the wheel.
Why No Driving After a C-section?
Much like a vaginal birth, a C-section takes a toll on your body. But unlike a routine vaginal birth, a C-section is a surgical procedure and as a result, will leave behind a wound. The wound is located below the stomach, and because of this, your mobility will be reduced while your body recovers.
There are two factors to this. Firstly, you want to avoid any circumstance that could cause more damage to your c-section wound. Secondly, you want to make sure you are driving safely so you don’t endanger yourself and other drivers.
The combination of your recovering wound and reduced mobility means you won’t be able to:
- Fasten your seat belt
- Avoid the belt rubbing against the abdomen
- Move legs efficiently between pedals
- Turn your head to check blind spots
Furthermore, your body will most likely be in pain during your recovery, which means you will have to top up on pain medication. Depending on what medication your midwife recommends, you may not be able to drive due to impairment during this time.
Because of this, it’s best to allow your body time to recover and seek assistance if you need to travel.
When Can I Start Driving After C-section?
When it’s time to leave the hospital, you will have to arrange for someone to bring you and baby home as you will not be ready to drive and won't be for a few weeks.
Some mothers find they can start driving 2 weeks after a c-section, however, everyone’s recovery journey will be unique and you should only get back behind the wheel after getting advice from your midwife.
As a general rule, you should wait 6 weeks before thinking about returning to your normal activities, including driving. Even then, you may find that your body is not ready to get back into the driver's seat - so check in with your healthcare professional for personalised advice first. . Take a look at your insurance company’s website to check their policy on driving after a C-section.
What Other Activities Should I Avoid?
Driving isn’t the only activity you should avoid following your c-section. As discussed, your wound and mobility will affect other aspects of your life whilst you recover and you should take it easy during this time.
During the first 6 weeks after your c-section, you should avoid:
- Bending over
- Carrying anything heavier than baby
As they say, it takes a village to raise a child, so don’t be afraid to ask for assistance from friends and family during this time. Your recovery is imperative and getting an extra helping hand will do your body a world of good.
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