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How soon after I have had my baby is it safe to travel?

If you’re planning a holiday or a trip soon after your baby is due to arrive, you’re probably justifiably worried whether it will be safe. The good news is that within one to two weeks of vaginal birth, and three to four weeks after a caesarean, it should be perfectly safe for you to travel.
However, while the textbooks may say it’s okay to travel then, you might not feel up to it. Remember that jetlag from travelling long distance can make you feel even more tired than you’re likely to, and that stitching and other post birth complications can make it uncomfortable too. Your breastfeeding routine may also not be set by the time you plan to travel, which can complicate matters, and you might just prefer to stay home and rest.
If you do decide to travel, remember to take it easy and to clear it with your health care provider or doctor before you go. You should also stay hydrated while travelling and bear in mind that for the first few weeks after childbirth you’re more prone to clotting so you’ll need to stretch your legs regularly, whether you’re flying or driving to your destination.
The good news is that while there are risks of clotting and infection, as well as incision problems with women who have had c-sections, these are dramatically reduced by six weeks after delivery, so if you plan to travel, try to make sure that it’s at least a month and a half after giving birth.

More questions

Yes, breastfeeding has a direct effect on the size of your uterus.
The general consensus among healthcare providers is that it is safe to have a nice warm bath straight after delivery.
Some doctors, and many women as well, have reported that applying raw, cooled, cabbaged leaves to the breasts helps to reduce milk production and the discomfort that comes with having engorged breasts as well.
It is not a good idea to use tampons until you are completely healed after giving birth. If you become infected because of a tampon, it only means more pain and a longer time to recover after giving birth.
What took your body nine months to develop, takes a matter of weeks to transform you back to the woman you were before your pregnancy. It is no wonder that most women feel totally exhausted after giving birth. Your brand new baby is of course, your amazing reward.
After a vaginal birth, it is considered normal to have swollen, tender labia.
If you’re planning a post pregnancy trip, make sure that you bear a few guidelines in mind.



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