I've heard people say 6 weeks - is this medical advice or just how long on average it takes to feel up to it? I've been very active since my c section as I need to walk quite a way to see my baby in the nicu, I'm being discharged probably tomorrow so I'll need to come back daily, another 5 weeks seems like a really long time until I can drive again.
The recommendation is 6 weeks. However everyone is different. Ill be honest I drive after 2 weeks as I felt ok to. They said to me drive when you feel ready to. They said practice doing an emergency stop and if it hurts your not ready. One thing to bare in mind though is if you had an accident. I'm sure I read on here someone had an accident and ruptured their wound. They said the pain was unbelievable. I rang the insurance company too and they said no specific guidelines just go off docs advice x
I think they usually state 6 weeks because that's when you have your follow up appointment with Dr. I saw the Dr after 3 weeks for mastitis and I asked him while I was there if I could drive and he said as long as I felt happy manoeuvring the car without any pain, then it was fine. I also rang my car insurers to check with them and it was fine.
The insurance company also told me that its fine whenever the doctor clears you - make sure the doctor writes it on your health records. My surgery gives a minimum 4 week restriction before they will examine patients. I was cleared to drive 4 weeks and 3 days after having her and it was like getting my freedom back!
Everything I was told and read recommended that you wait 4-6 weeks and until you were able to do an emergency stop. I started driving after 4 weeks as I felt physically comfortable in doing so and could no longer stand being so restricted in getting out and about. One thing I made sure was that someone else carried LO in his car seat until 6 weeks, or I left the car seat in the car and carried LO to and from it or used his push chair, so that I didn't over do it carrying anything to heavy. Also my doctor didn't mention it at my 6 week check.
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