Q: My doctors told me it generally takes 6 weeks to recover from a natural birth and 12 weeks from an abdominal C-section, is that the same for everyone?


A: Pregnancy and childbirth is meant to have many both physical and emotional changes, and there are many things to consider by the word “Recovery”. Any concerns should be discussed with your doctor at your postpartum 6-week checkup.

Generally, 6 weeks postpartum sees good recovery from vaginal childbirth, if there were no complications. At the check-up with your obstetrician or doctor a pelvic examination will ascertain:
– The return of the uterus to pre-pregnancy size (This can be assisted by using the Postnatal Recovery & Support Belly Band)
– Healing of the episiotomy or cesarean incision (This can be assisted by using the Postnatal Recovery & Support Belly Band)
– Bladder and bowel function – problems with incontinence, constipation or hemorrhoids


Other checks include:
– Thyroid gland function – As this gland is working overtime for hormone production
– Mental health – Signs of post-natal depression
– Musculoskeletal pain – Pain associated with pregnancy or childbirth (This can be assisted by using the Postnatal Recovery & Support Belly Band)
– Abdominal integrity – Diastasis Recti (This can be assisted by using the Postnatal Recovery & Support Belly Band)


Any problems at this checkup can then be referred onto the relevant practitioner.

A women’s health physiotherapist is able to address any problems with pelvic floor function, bladder and bowel issues, musculoskeletal pain and abdominal integrity. They can also guide you through appropriate exercises and a staged return to exercise program. The Belly Band is a physiotherapist recommended product to assist with postnatal recovery.

Following your 6 week all clear, cesarean-section delivery can return to driving or return to lifting light loads with good abdominal control. Each individual heals at a different pace so follow the recommendations from your doctor or physiotherapist. The Belly Band can help stablise your wound and core muscles to assist with healing.