We completely understand that you are in a haste to cruise out of your house since your movement has been restricted ever since you have conceived.  Of course, you can travel but only a short distance after you have crossed the threshold of a minimum of two weeks in case of normal delivery. However, it is not in the best of your interest to move out immediately after childbirth.  Generally, obstetrician advice against strenuous travel right after delivery.  You need to give yourself time to recuperate and allow some rest.  Your body is not yet prepared to take the strain of traveling long distances.  Mothers who had a caesarean section or had complicated pregnancy must pay heed to this medical advice for the next three to four weeks.  Mothers who gave normal vaginal delivery must stay put for around two weeks.  This precautionary period is due to several medical reasons.

Infection Scar

Your newborn has not built his immunity so far. Travelling will expose him to the potential danger of infection.  The first four to eight weeks of your baby’s life needs extra caution. Some airlines may not permit newborns to board the flight. After childbirth, even your body is more vulnerable to infection. Your body is weak and can catch infection rather easily. At this point in time, you are at high risk of blood clots. Unless there is no urgency, it is best to wait before you take the plunge.

Caesarean Delivery

If you just had a cesarean delivery, you might as well hold your horses before thinking about galloping away on a vacation.  Doctors caution that C-section complications can include bleeding, swelling, infections in the stitches, blood clots, etc. You are advised not to carry heavy luggage or walk briskly. To prevent inflation, they should keep their legs elevated. Mothers with C-section should need six weeks to recover from surgery before they plan to travel.

Doctor’s Appointment

You and your baby need to see the doctor after delivery too. Your newborn needs to get his immunization done on schedule. His wellness check-up should be done after short intervals to stay on the safer side. Your gynecologist would schedule follow-up visits with you to check if everything is fine.  You would not be able to attend a doctor’s appointment if you fly out.


Labor and delivery are usually exhausting. Travelling will only aggravate your condition. Rest is the best remedy for recuperating after the delivery of your baby.  Traveling long distances entails jet lags which might lead to a sleep disorder. Lack of sleep could lead to irritability, depression, and poor quality of life.  Get enough rest before you get back on your feet. The bottom line is that rest is compulsory for a few weeks after giving birth to your baby. Unless and until there is a compelling requirement to fly with your baby, you can be fly away as early as four to eight weeks after delivery.  If you need to urgently go somewhere, you must consult your pediatrician for advice for your baby.  You also need to check with your gynecologist if it is safe for you to venture out.  Also, book your tickets after conferring with your airline for their regulations as well.