Depending on the type of delivery, whether it is a normal delivery or a C-section, Let’s see the most suitable time to resume driving:
1. Driving After a Normal Delivery
It is also called vaginal birth, during which the body muscles do a lot of work involving pulling and stretching to push the baby out.
- You need to give time for those muscles to recover and heal. It is advised to keep physical activity to a minimum level in the days following your delivery. Its safe for new mothers to wait for 6 weeks before a "long drive".
2. Driving After a C-section Delivery
Most may have the question, ‘Can I drive after a C-section delivery?’ Well, the answer is YES, you can, but only after you recover fully.
- C-section deliveries usually have a much longer recovery time compared to vaginal births.
-This is because the body has gone through a major surgery. The uterus and tummy need to heal from being cut open.
- It is advised not to lift anything more than your baby’s weight to prevent the stitches from opening (which will be very painful indeed!).
- This means you shouldn’t lift your baby’s car seat to put into the car.
- Twisting won’t be possible for some weeks, so trying to settle your baby in the car will be with some pain.
- More importantly, driving restrictions after C-section delivery are mainly because you will not be able to use your abdominal muscles to press down on the brake pedal during emergencies.
-Therefore, if you have had a C-section delivery, make sure you wait at least 5-6 weeks before you resume driving again and after consultation with your doctor.