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Your nurses will encourage you to get out of bed the following day, and by the day after this you may be well enough to do most things for yourself, with help. Women usually go home on the fourth day after the cesarean.
There are several common, but minor, problems associated with cesareans. These include bleeding during the surgery, or a day or so later; the need for a blood transfusion; or getting a minor infection in the bladder or in the abdominal incision. Getting a major infection is far less common and having to have a major second surgery because of a life-threatening incision infection is rare. The chance of a blood clot forming in the pelvic veins is higher if you don't receive medication to thin the blood after your cesarean. If you are generally well and you are given this medication, the chance of a life-threatening blood clot on your lungs is extremely small. Since sharp implements are used during the surgery, there is a risk that your bladder, or even your baby, could be cut during the surgery. Your bowels are less likely to be damaged and your other internal organs are highly unlikely to be injured.
Excerpted from Pregnancy Day by Day.
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