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How Long Does It Take To Recover After Giving Birth? Copy

This is a difficult question to answer as it varies significantly from person to person.  Depending on what kind of birth you have will determine a lot about your recovery. 

This is not just about Vaginal Birth vs C-Section but also about the kind of pregnancy & birth you had. Some examples include:

  • A straight forward pregnancy vs a complicated one that could include prolonged bed rest
  • Did the birth go smoothly and to plan?
  • Was the birth premature? 
  • Did you feel prepared for what happened during the birth? 
  • Was it complicated – ie a bad tear / a traumatic emergency c-section/ baby complications. 

To make it easier we will take an average timeline that most women follow. 

For most women who have had a straightforward pregnancy in which they kept active and an uncomplicated vaginal birth with a smaller tear (grade I/II) and/or episiotomy or a planned or uncomplicated C Section with no postpartum complications; we can generally say that by 6 weeks they are able to start returning to more intense activities. It is important to note that the individual has to be accounted for, so we always strongly recommend seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist to assess you and determine whether you are safe to resume all of your normal activities.