Written by Chloe Toscano, Reviewed by Lori McNeal, M.D., July 16, 2021

As you come out of surgery, the anesthesia and other drugs will begin to wear off. As a result, you should start to experience postbirth vaginal bleeding and discharge. You can also expect abdominal pain and soreness, said Kecia Gaither, M.D., a double board-certified physician in OB-GYN and maternal-fetal medicine with a master’s degree in public health. These symptoms will be especially present in the first few days. Another thing you’ll experience in those initial post-op days is a delayed return of bowel function, along with gas, a distended abdomen and constipation.

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