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The bladder catheter will usually be removed the morning after delivery, and you will be encouraged to walk and begin to drink fluids.

If staples were used to close the incision, they generally are removed within one week. Stitches almost always are the type that dissolve on their own.

During the first few weeks after a C-section, you should not carry anything heavier than the baby. Breastfeeding can be started as soon as surgery is completed and you are awake in the recovery room. Holding the baby in the "football hold," with the baby's body under your arm and the head near your breast, can help keep the baby's weight off the incision.

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