When can post Caesarean Section Mothers soak in her own Bath Tub?
Taking a bath can be very relaxing especially when you have just had one of the most tiring physical and emotional journeys any woman can ever take — getting pregnant and giving birth.
A hot bath though is not something a mom can take right away especially if she gave birth via caesarean section delivery. The threat of getting her wound infected is high as the incision is still fresh. Apart from that, a bath taken too soon can have an impact on the healing process of the whole incision.
This is because unlike quick showers (regardless if their hot or cold) which can be taken 24 hours after the surgery, baths involve immersing the whole body in water for a period of time.
Consider not just the Incision Site
Moreover, since a C-Section is a major abdominal surgery, mothers may have a hard time getting in and out of the bath tub without help. The struggle to do so may cause even minor accidents that could hamper their healing process.
The general rule here is to consult one’s own OB-GYN as she is the one who can best determine when it is safe for you to soak in a tub given your specific situation, healing, and type of incision closure. Glue, staples and stitches may have differing rules on this and only your OB GYN can properly give you the appropriate answer to your question “how long after a C-section can I take a bath?”
Usual recommended timeline for bathing after a caesarean surgery
A usual recommendation given to post caesarean section mothers though is to wait for at least 15 days before getting into a full on submerged hot bath on one’s own bath tub of course. This is because you would want the healing process to be quick, and the more it is exposed to water the longer it will take to heal. This is also the reason why part of the hospital discharge instructions for most post C-Section mothers is to keep the incision area clean and dry.
The two-week recommendation is also in view of the fact that the mother’s mobility may have yet to be fully restored. This means she may have to exert more effort in getting in the tub, and getting out of it and could even end up having an accident like slipping in the tub.
After every bathing, the mother is also advised to wash her incision site with soap and water and thoroughly dry it up before getting dressed.
And while soaking at the comforts of your private bathroom can usually be allowed two weeks post- partum what should be avoided for a longer period of time is soaking on public baths.
Public baths are not guaranteed to be safe and sanitary especially for someone with an open wound or a healing incision. Therefore it should be avoided until the wound has thoroughly healed and possible infections can be ruled out. As to when that could exactly happens, it will depend upon the advice and evaluation of your health provider. But definitely, taking public baths could be very risky.
At the end of the day, consulting one’s own health provider remains to be the best way to ensure a speedy healing process of your caesarean section wound.