Almost all caesarean births involve a cut in the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area. Stitches or staples will be used to close the cut, and these will be covered with a bandage.
Your wound may be tender to touch for a few weeks. Before you leave the hospital, your doctor/midwife and the nurses will discuss pain management with you. The pain usually gets better with each day, but can worsen if you do too much, too soon. The area may feel numb for a number of months but this will fade and is not a problem.
Call your doctor/midwife immediately, or the BC Women’s Hospital Assessment Room (604-875-3070) if you have:
- A fever greater than 38°C/100.4°F
- bleeding that soaks through a pad in one hour
- severe pain around your c-section incision
- fears of hurting yourself or your baby
- Concerns about a C-section infection at night or on the weekend
Call your doctor/midwife for a visit within 1-2 days, if you have:
- Discharge or liquid coming out of incision
- Incision that is opening up, red or swelling
- Pain around your c-section incision that is getting worse
- Fever (body temperature) less than 38°C or chills
- bleeding that changes to bright red and is very heavy even when you are resting
- clots (clumps of blood) larger than a loonie
- difficulty passing urine (peeing)
- dizziness or feel faint even when you are resting
- sore nipples or breasts
- feelings of sadness, anxiety
We offer a clinic for c-section infections, staffed by a nurse-practitioner (NP) with referral to an obstetrician as needed. If you are unable to see your doctor/midwife, you can make an appointment by calling the clinic at 604-875-2396.
It is important for us to know which of our patients had C-section infections after they left the hospital. As a result, we will ask your permission to contact you via email with a link to an online survey to find out information about your recovery.