Recovery after vaginal delivery versus after cesarean

The recovery period after a vaginal delivery is usually shorter than the recovery needed after a cesarean delivery. The mother and baby can usually leave the hospital a day or two after a vaginal delivery.

A cesarean delivery often requires a woman to spend 3 to 4 days in the hospital followed by several weeks of limited activity as her abdominal incision heals.

Last Updated: April 17, 2009

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