How Long Do I Have to Wait After a C-Section to Take a Bath?

A mom writes in asking for advice about when she can take a bath after having a C-section. She says it’s been over two weeks, her incision looks completely closed, and she has stopped bleeding. Can she take a bath? The community of moms shares some advice.

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A member of the community asks:

“How long after a C-section can you take a bath?

How long after a C-section before you guys took a bath? it’s been over 2 weeks my incisions look completely closed and I already stopped vaginal bleeding.”

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Community Advice for This Mom Wondering How Long She Has to Wait to Take a Bath After Having a C-Section

To see what advice the Mamas Uncut Facebook community has for this mom in need, read the comments of the post embedded below.

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Advice Summary

How Long Do I Have to Wait After a C-Section to Take a Bath?

The community offered this mom in need a lot of great advice. Read some of their responses below.

“I waited until 6 weeks. Just to be safe.”

“When your doctor says it’s okay. Giving birth leaves a huge open area where the placenta tears away. It makes it easier for bacteria to get in. Just because you have stopped bleeding doesn’t mean you are healed.”

“I waited 2 months. But this was my second c-section.”

“I had the surgery in January, I was told 6 weeks. The incision inside still needs to heal. Showers are the safest right now.”

“I did after 3 weeks but didn’t stay in long.”

“This should be addressed in your discharge paperwork. For general surgeries, we usually say no soaking (tub, hot tub, etc) for 4-6 weeks, and to ask for doctor clearance at your follow up appt.”

“I would shower only until 6-8 week check-up with your Obgyn.”

“6-week check-up, your OB should clear you first. It was an opening into your abdomen, best to make sure it’s healing properly before immersing yourself.”

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