I started driving again within a week after my c/s. I am not sure this was wise, but my baby was in the NICU and I needed to get there somehow. These are the things my surgeon told me:
- Don't drive if you're still on narcotics or opiates for pain.
- You need to be able to *comfortably* slam the brake pedal, and twist to check your blind spots.
- If possible, drive an automatic.
I started lifting things bigger than my baby (my 2.5 year old) as soon as I was home from the hospital. Again - not sure this was wise. It hurt, it made my mother and my DH nuts, and I am sure my surgeon would have been appalled. I would not recommend this course of action to anyone else. When I say it hurt, I mean it HURT. I'd have been better off lying on the sofa and clutching a hot water bottle.
I had it somewhat easy (physically) in that the baby was in the NICU and my DS was at preschool every week day. I strongly advocate more help for c-section mamas post-partum. Can you hire a local teenager to come over after school and take the kids to the park? Get groceries delivered for a while? Make unembarrassed use of television as a strategy for keeping the kids occupied with minimal physical demand on yourself?