Join Date: Jul 2002
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As long as my dh was supportive and very ready to help, I think I could have managed at about one week---but keep in mind that I had a very normal, healthy vaginal birth. You never know how a birth will go, no matter how well it is "planned". Emergency c-secs, hemmorhaging, jaundice, severe PPD, and other problems do happen. I wouldn't make any promises or set-in-stone plans, if I were you. Just roll with the punches.
I know a lady who went backpacking around Europe with her four week old. A little crazy, but if she rode trains and stayed in hostels at four weeks, I'd imagine it's possible to take a comfy car ride with a sleepy newborn at a week.
Don't push yourself too hard, though. And have a nice birth!