GENERAL MEASURES

  • Bathe and shower as usual. You may wash the incision gently with mild unscented soap.
  • Cleanse the surgical area with warm (not hot) water after urination or bowel movements.
  • Take warm baths several times a day as long as you experience discomfort.

 

MEDICATION

  • Stool softener laxative to prevent constipation if needed.
  • You may use nonprescription drugs such as aceta­minophen or ibuprofen for minor pain.

 

ACTIVITY

  • Follow doctor’s advice on resuming, or beginning, a post­partum exercise program.
  • Resume sexual relations as directed by your doctor or when a follow-up medical examination determines that healing is complete (usually about 3 to 6 weeks).

 

DIET

  • Eating a high fiber diet will help prevent constipation which is common after childbirth. Increase your fluid intake as you increase your fiber intake.

 

NOTIFY OUR OFFICE IF

Any of the following occurs:

  • Pain, swelling, redness, drainage or bleeding increases in the surgical area.
  • You develop signs of infection: general ill feeling and fever, headache, muscle aches, dizziness.