When Can I...
...shower? If you had a vaginal birth, shower as soon as you want to. Be careful to pat your bottom dry, especially if you have stitches. C-section moms may be advised to wait a few days, but that's only a matter of preference. Don't scrub the incision area; run clean water over it.
...drive? Wait a week postbirth, two to three weeks if you've had a C-section, says Robert Atlas, M.D., chair of the ob-gyn department at Mercy Medical Center, in Baltimore: "You use your abs to move your foot from the gas to the brake."
...have sex? Here's an activity that falls into the "wait until your six-week checkup" category, when a doctor can make sure all's clear down there. Some women start sooner ("sex" doesn't have to include actual intercourse!) -- or much later.
...take the Pill? You're fertile so be sure to use birth control. The Pill is fine unless you're nursing, in which case ask for a progesterone-only pill, because estrogen can inhibit milk production.
...drink? In theory, after the baby's out. Breastfeeding? A drink two or three hours before you're nursing won't hurt, but save anything more for post-weaning.
...exercise? Sorry, no Zumba for a while! Avoid formal workouts until after six weeks, when your body's done most of its healing. Start slowly with walking and gentle stretches. If you've had a C-section, hold off on crunches and weight lifting until after your six-week checkup.