When did you drive after having a c-section and when do you think it's safe?
Next week I'll have no one to drive me to see my baby who's in the nicu 20mins away. I had a c-sec on wed 21st
not saying I'm going to drive just asking for opinions
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04-02-2016 15:45 #1
Driving after c-section
04-02-2016 15:51 #2
How is your wound feeling? If you had to brake suddenly would you feel ok? There are a mix of opinions on this. i.e. Some doctors will tell you 6 weeks, some will tell you as soon as you feel ready. I would just check with your car insurance policy to see if they have any restrictions. If they have no restrictions then if you feel ok with it, it should be ok. If there are restrictions and you're involved in an accident by driving before they recommend, then you won't be covered by your insurance and will be liable for all costs. Just something to think about.
04-02-2016 15:52 #3
I think from memory I started driving about 3.5 to 4 weeks post c-section. I was extra sore afterwards though, as they had to cut me vertically and horizontally.
I checked with my car insurance company prior to driving that it wasn't an issue.
Like you, I had my DS in SCN still at that stage and I was happy to finally be able to drive myself in to see him. It also meant I could stay longer as I didn't have to fit in with others to drive me around (I lived a 2 hour round trip from the hospital).
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04-02-2016 15:52 #4
I drove when I felt ready. I also had a lot of appointments at hospital due my daughter's medical condition. I had someone to drive me for about 2/3 weeks. But after that I felt i could move easily. Lifting my foot on/off the brake/accelerator was easy and I didn't feel stiff or in pain. I was able to move quickly reflex wise iykwim. My csection recovery was pretty quick.
So for me it was about 3 weeks post csection.
04-02-2016 15:54 #5
With my first i waited 6 weeks. With my second i waited 3 or 4. My ob told me as long as i could put my foot on the break quickly with no pain i was fine
04-02-2016 15:59 #6
I was 3.5wks post and had to out of necessity. I felt more than ready as I had a very good recovery.
I asked my gp when ds was 1wk old and was told if I was able to stomp my foot down with no pain and could sit comfortably with the seat belt it was fine. I spent 10yrs in insurance and never once came across an insurer that explicitly had a time frame specified *except* where you have been given medical advice not to
Hope it is a short stay for your bub
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04-02-2016 17:00 #7Senior Member
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I drove 10 days after mine I had to take Dd to the pead and had no one to take me.
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04-02-2016 17:10 #9
my sister waited 4 weeks after hers as her dh went back to work and she didn't want to be housebound.
you'll be 2.5 weeks post op by Monday so I guess if you're feeling ok and can brake suddenly in an emergency it should be ok?
04-02-2016 17:27 #10
I drove about two weeks after mine.
We live rural with no family support so had no one to drive me around.
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