Driving after C Section – Is It Safe?

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Written by Tarasha Chandra

Tarasha Chandra

new mommy with baby in car

Pregnancy has never been a very easy journey for any mother. With the hormonal changes and the growing baby in the womb, both physical and mental health take a toll on the would-be mother. The birthing process also differs from one mother to another and those who have c-section delivery often need more time to recover. Let us find out if driving after c section is safe or not.

In this article, we will cover everything that you need to know before you plan to start driving after c section. You will get to know the recovery period of c-section delivery when can you start driving after a c-section and its legal obligations and precautionary measures. 

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How Long Is The C-Section Recovery Period?

The recovery period for all pregnant ladies is different. As per the NHS report, it takes at least 6 weeks to complete recovery to start normal activities like Driving. After a cesarean delivery is over, the mother and the baby usually stay in the hospital between 2-5 days. This however can vary as per the recovery of the mother.

Some mothers are even lucky to get discharged early while some take a bit more time. Recovery is a balanced procedure, so one needs to be mobile as well as eat well, and rest. It is not a situation where one needs bed rest. Doctors always advise you to start walking gradually for better recovery. So driving after a C-section totally depends on the recovery phase.

When Can You Start Driving After Delivery?

mother carrying baby

The question often lies in what would be the correct time to start driving after delivery. To understand this it is important for the mothers not to over-exert themselves in preparing their body for driving. It will take at least 6 weeks and mothers should give their health some time before resuming driving after C-section.

It is equally important that you visit a doctor and get a complete assessment before planning to start driving. However, after the doctor gives you the go-ahead to drive it’s best to practice safe driving with a co-driver with you.

Let’s take a look at the legal obligations for driving after a C-section

  • Post cesarean delivery, it is important to take medical assistance as driving can be strenuous.
  • It is important to get a postnatal check-up once the surgery is over.
  • Getting a medical clearance from a health practitioner is a must before resuming driving.
  • In case the doctor feels that the condition of the mother is not fit enough, they must mention the same in the medical records.
  • In case, the condition does not permit, it is not a good thought to resort to driving to prevent any legal complications.
  • It is even critical to check the restrictions imposed by the state for driving.
  • One should also be aware of any guidelines insurance company guidelines or any exceptions, any accidental coverage about a C-section delivery.

Precautionary Measures You Need To Take For Driving After C-Section

doctors check up post delivery.

You must know by now that you can start driving after 6 weeks of having a C-section. However, this duration may vary depending on your condition and recovery. Driving needs precaution, especially after a major surgery like a C-section. So it is best you go through the important precautions listed below before starting:-

  • Get a post-natal checkup before you plan to drive.
  • Consult your doctor about your recovery status and if there are any side effects of your medications.
  • Check if it is comfortable for you to sit straight and wear seat belts at a stretch.
  • Consider taking short drives initially that too with any family member who can drive in case you do not feel well after some time.

Since one is driving after a major surgery like a C-section it is always advisable to start it after 6 weeks and wait as long as the body is not fully recovered.  This 6 weeks helps the body to heal and the mother can take care of the baby too.  However, as this concerns safety on the road it is always advisable to visit your doctor and follow his advice on making informed choices about driving.


1. What Signs Indicate That One Is Not Ready To Drive After A C-Section?

Signs of pain, discomfort, drowsiness, and not being able to perform daily chores are signs that one is still not ready to drive.

2. Are There Any Exercises Or Stretches That Can Help A Woman Prepare For Driving After A C-Section?

After the incision wound healing is over, there are a few stretches that help to regain muscle strength. It is however extremely important to get a go-ahead from the doctor before starting any such stretches.

3. What Are The Signs That A Woman Should Look For To Gauge If She Is Physically Capable Of Driving Post-C-Section?

Signs to look for are the pain getting in control due to painkillers, a wound turning to a scar, few light activities past 6 weeks, and a bit of mobility.

Tarasha Chandra,PGDPM

She loves to dance, listen to music, cook, and read in her free time. She is transparent, intuitive, quick-witted, and loves to spend time with her near and dear ones. She believes in taking each day as it comes.Read more.

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