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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Sex after C-section

Hi, Dr.,

I was wondering how long should i wait beforehaving sex after a c-section on 9/30.

Also I have been getting swollen feet after the c-section. What can I do about it? I have been getting headaches ever since the c-section and was wondering if it has anything to do with the epidural I had. They stuck me 5 times before they got it in right. I am concerned that my future pregnancies will be delivered by c-section since the first was a c-section. How must I wait before getting pregnant again? Thank You!

YR

Dear YR,

At a minimum, you should wait until you stop bleeding. As long as you are bleeding, your cervix is open and you risk infection if you have intercourse. After that, you should follow your doctor's advice.

If the swelling and headaches have not gone away on their own, you need to talk to your doctor to be sure that you do not have a blood pressure problem. That is unlikely, but it is not impossible.

You do not have to have a C-section for future deliveries as long as you can find a doctor who is willing to let you try for a vaginal birth. Some doctors have stopped doing such deliveries for insurance reasons.

You can try to get pregnant again as soon as you would like. It makes sense to wait at least a few months though, to let your body build up reserves of iron and calcium to support another pregnancy.

Sincerely,
Amy

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