Bending is one of the most common postpartum challenges new moms face. But how do you know when you're ready? Your body will let you know. The primary sign is pain, so if you feel it when trying to bend, stop. Other signs might include swelling at the incision, or leaking fluid. If you're concerned about leaking or bleeding, get medical attention immediately.
Your doctor will tell you when it's safe to start bending again. In most cases, this will be 4 to 6 weeks after your c-section. But it depends on your specific healing rate, as everyone heals at a different pace. If you're worried, ask your OB-GYN for a more personalized recovery plan.
During your c-section, the obstetrician removes the placenta from your uterus and closes the abdominal incision with dissolvable stitches or surgical staples that will be removed a few days later. When bending, you could put pressure on your incision or accidentally separate or pull apart the stitching.
For this reason, it's important to have help with household chores and baby care during the first few weeks after your c-section. If you don't have help, have the items you need, like diapers, wipes, and clothes, at hand where you can easily reach them without bending. For instance, if you need to wash your baby, try using a sink insert like the Blooming Bath so that you don't have to bend down to pick up things from the floor or sink.