The first day after the cesarean section
After surgery, women will be offered pain-relieving medication (acetaminophen and ibuprofen, but not aspirin). During the first day, this can be supplemented with stronger pain medication as needed. It is safe to breastfeed while taking these medicines.
It’s important that the pain after C-section is well-treated to encourage mobilization and to allow for normal activity, including coughing. The pain should become better after a few days. Women usually take pain medication for 5–7 days after a cesarean section.
After a cesarean section, it’s important to get out of bed and move around as soon as possible to reduce the risk of blood clots and to initiate a bowel movement. Chewing gum regularly after the cesarean section will also help with bowel movements and C-section recovery.