I’m planning a natural birth but what how does it work if I have a C-section and can’t drive for 6 weeks?
Whether your C-Section is elective and planned in advance or is an emergency, you will take longer to recover than mothers who give birth naturally. You will probably be discharged from hospital on the fifth day post-partum and you will need to take it easy with lots of rest. You will be advised not to lift anything heavier than your baby and not legally allowed to drive for 6 weeks. Short walks are advised only while your abdominal area is healing and you won’t be very active initially. If you overdo things, your abdomen will feel very uncomfortable as though you have had a very strenuous core workout.
Some of our maternity nurses are happy to drive either their own car or the family’s car while others will not drive at all. If you would prefer a driver do discuss this with your consultant. In the event the maternity nurse drives the family car, please allow time to add her to your insurance policy.