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How long after a c-section do I have to wait before going swimming?
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Chris Gouveia
General Practice
6 doctors agree
In brief: 4 to 6 weeks
Many ob-gyn doctors recommend waiting 4-6 weeks to allow proper healing of a c-section incision before going swimming.
If a woman "must" go swimming sooner, she should realize that at 2-3 weeks, her wound may look healed but may not be able to withstand repeated stretching or being scraped up along a pool's edge.

In brief: 4 to 6 weeks
Many ob-gyn doctors recommend waiting 4-6 weeks to allow proper healing of a c-section incision before going swimming.
If a woman "must" go swimming sooner, she should realize that at 2-3 weeks, her wound may look healed but may not be able to withstand repeated stretching or being scraped up along a pool's edge.
Chris Gouveia
Chris Gouveia
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Danielle Jones
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 4-6 Weeks
The general recommendation is to avoid strenuous exercise for 6 weeks after a c-section.
However, all swimming isn't considered particularly strenuous and can be a helpful recovery and rehab stimulator. So, if the incision has fully healed, stitches/staples have been removed and lochia has stopped a woman can potentially resume light, non-strenuous swimming around 4 weeks postpartum.

In brief: 4-6 Weeks
The general recommendation is to avoid strenuous exercise for 6 weeks after a c-section.
However, all swimming isn't considered particularly strenuous and can be a helpful recovery and rehab stimulator. So, if the incision has fully healed, stitches/staples have been removed and lochia has stopped a woman can potentially resume light, non-strenuous swimming around 4 weeks postpartum.
Danielle Jones
Danielle Jones
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