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When will I be allowed to start eating after birth?
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Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
If vaginal delivery once the delivery procedure is over, if c section start with fluids then increase diet as tolerated.

In brief: Depends
If vaginal delivery once the delivery procedure is over, if c section start with fluids then increase diet as tolerated.
Dr. Diane Minich
Dr. Diane Minich
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Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Depends on type
If you have a vaginal delivery, you may start eating as soon as the placenta has delivered.
This is a precaution in case the placenta will not deliver and you need a procedure. If you have a cesarean section, you may be allowed to have ice chips, but you will probably not be able to eat for 8 or 12 hours. Some physicians like to wait until you pass gas to show that air is going through.

In brief: Depends on type
If you have a vaginal delivery, you may start eating as soon as the placenta has delivered.
This is a precaution in case the placenta will not deliver and you need a procedure. If you have a cesarean section, you may be allowed to have ice chips, but you will probably not be able to eat for 8 or 12 hours. Some physicians like to wait until you pass gas to show that air is going through.
Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Dr. Lillian Schapiro
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Dr. Susan Mueller
I feed my c sections immediately without any problems, many doctors have different practice patterns, and various hospitals may have different policies, but these are great questions to bring up at your visits!
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