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How long until I can drive after giving birth?

6 November 2009 9 Responses

A Parent asks, I swore I heard the nurse say “a few weeks” but my mother is insisting six weeks and that just doesn’t seem right. Anyone know how long I have to wait after giving birth (vaginally) until I can drive my car?
I didn’t have an episiotomy – just two stitches.

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  • Sexy McGee said:


    My wife drove the next day and she was fine. She even had an episiotomy.

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  • vballvr91794 said:


    my sister was driving after 2 weeks. . . maybe it all depends on how fast you heal?

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  • JJ123 said:


    You can drive as soon as you feel up to it. I had an episiotomy and it was pretty uncomfortable, so I didn’t feel like driving for a few weeks. Plus with the pain pills I was taking, I was a little woozy. But if you feel ok to drive, you can drive whenever you feel like it.

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  • KAN said:


    My friend drove 3 days later and was fine (with a vaginal delivery) I know with a c section It is probably about 6 weeks or longer if you don’t feel up to it

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  • moonsparkle said:


    You can drive whenever you want and feel up to it. There is no restrictions on driving after birth wether you had a vaginal delivery or a c-section. We drive with our hands and eyes, not with our vagina’s. Maybe the nurse was referring to something else.

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  • corykaresa said:


    im pretty sure its two weeks. your mother may be confused, or most likely, shes just being a mother. she may be concerned about it. if it makes her feel better, sit back and let her chaufer you around awhile.congratulations, good luck with everything.

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  • Cristy B said:


    as long as you aren’t on any pain meds and are feeling well and have normal body movement (you can turn your torso and move legs well) short drives around town should be fine… mom’s just worrying bc she is mom, but in my opinion milk the rest time and stay home with your newborn you will be exhausted!

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  • new gardener said:


    My mom birthed me and twenty minutes later she was flopping engine blocks onto a flatbed truck. They left me in the field for a day to see if I could survive, I did. Go out and drive.

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  • Lisa said:


    Hey New Gardener: this comment is for you and others that may listen to your thought today in 2012 that is called child abuse as with most of our “old school” “back in the day” thoughts and ideals lol your really funny!

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