Driving after a C-section

(29 Posts)
Writerwannabe83 Thu 01-May-14 11:34:36

Hello all, just after some advice please.

It was my understanding that we can drive 6 weeks post CS (which I am) if we feel up to it. However, my friend has said I need to ring my Insurance Company (Admiral) and clear it with them?

I have seen one website say that women must wait until their post-natal check before they can drive, but mine is still over 3 weeks away!!

What did everyone else do?

Racers Thu 01-May-14 11:38:58

I went to the docs after 4 weeks (DH doesn't drive so it was frustrating!) and doc cleared me but I still had to phone insurance company to let them know.

Writerwannabe83 Thu 01-May-14 11:40:38

It just seems such a waste of a doctors appointment and so unnecessary....

lisbapalea Thu 01-May-14 11:40:55

Same as racers. I drove just after 3wks as I live in the middle of nowhere and I was going crazy!

VivaLeBeaver Thu 01-May-14 11:41:04

Ring your insurance company. I think the 6 week thing is a bit of a fallacy to be honest. You need to be able to do an emergency stop if needed. If you can do that at 2 weeks, 3 weeks, whatever then that should be OK.

My insurance company were happy that I rang up and said I could do one only 2 weeks after the op.

VivaLeBeaver Thu 01-May-14 11:41:23

I never saw the GP.

lisbapalea Thu 01-May-14 11:42:02

Can't you just ask when you have your 6wk check?

Writerwannabe83 Thu 01-May-14 11:44:25

I haven't got it for another 3 weeks - I will be 9 weeks post section by then. I can't wait that long smile

Onlyconnect Thu 01-May-14 11:46:52

I drove after three weeks. Rang insurers and they were fine with it. I would advise being honest with yourself about whether you are ready though. I have had 2 CSs one where I recovered very quickly and one where it took much longer but, thinking it would be the same as the first one I just got on with everything. Later regretted that!

lisbapalea Thu 01-May-14 11:47:31

No, don't blame you! I would sack off the dr's if you've waited for 6wks and if you know yourself that you could do an emergency stop.

I only saw the dr to satisfy the insurance folk as I wanted to drive before the mythical 6wk mark. The gp I saw was a bit confused by me asking - said no one had ever asked her before, so I don't think it's essential.

I was told 4-6 weeks when I was discharged. I called my insurance and they said as long as I was acting under medical advice I was covered. I started back on short journeys at 4 weeks. But didn't do anything longer that 10 minutes for about 2 months, but that was because I didn't need to. I could if I had to.

PenguinsLoveFishFingers Thu 01-May-14 14:42:22

Just ring your own insurers and find out what their rules are. I think that they are a bit variable. smile

Writerwannabe83 Thu 01-May-14 15:39:12

I don't particularly want to call them in case they say that I do need medical clearance...and then I'd have to go through the hassle of actually trying fighting to get a GP appointment.

....I'd rather just feign ignorance and go for a nice drive tomorrow....

Racers Thu 01-May-14 15:47:25

Doc very happy to have appointment for this - it's sensible to make sure you're fit to drive because you could mess up an emergency stop and cause an accident if you get a sudden pain and withdraw your foot from the brake. You can probably test this yourself to some extent by stamping forcefully on the ground, bending to touch toes etc. but we all know how insurance companies work, so I would ring them and see what they say.

What did the literature you got from the hospital say?

PenguinsLoveFishFingers Thu 01-May-14 16:11:09

But if you do that and have an accident you are uninsured aren't you?

PenguinsLoveFishFingers Thu 01-May-14 16:12:07

Sorry, that wasn't clear. What I meant is that, if you feign ignorance and don't comply with whatever conditions your insurer has, you're uninsured.

Familyguyfan Thu 01-May-14 16:19:50

I drove at 3 weeks. I didn't check with the doctor, midwife or my insurance company. If I had any other type of operation, I reasoned I wouldn't have to inform them and would be able to use my judgement. I read the insurance guidelines and it made no reference to it. So I used my judgement and I was fine.

Writerwannabe83 Thu 01-May-14 16:28:21

Well I rang Admiral and they confirmed they do need me to have had medical clearance in order for my Insurance to still be valid hmm

I rang my GP surgery to discuss it with the Receptionist and she said she'd never heard of it before, so I'm guessing a lot of people just crack on and drive.

Anyway, she was in agreement with me that an actual appointment probably isn't necessary so she's going to get one of the doctors to call me in the morning.

PenguinsLoveFishFingers Thu 01-May-14 16:29:31

Here's hoping that they can sign you off over the phone and fax/email something to your insurer or something.

Writerwannabe83 Thu 01-May-14 16:32:07

The insurance company said they don't need anything in writing - they just need me to have had a doctor tell me I can drive. I suppose they just need proof they can check out in case I do have an accident.

BitOutOfPractice Thu 01-May-14 16:33:07

I asked gp after about 4 weeks. He said he was happy if insurers were happy.

I asked the insurers. They said they were happy if gp was happy blush

So I went ahead and it was fine

Balls! I was with admiral, I said to them my surgeon said 4-6 weeks and they said if I was doing it under medical advice I was fine.

Seriously, what did you get on discharge from hospital? I had to argue to speak to a doctor before I left otherwise I was being punted out the door with a bounty pack and a pack of paracetamol.

PenguinsLoveFishFingers Thu 01-May-14 16:48:21

Oh that sounds easy then. GP speaks to you for a couple of minutes and asks relevant questions, confirms she/he is happy. Then, if there was an accident and you needed to claim, it'd be in your notes that you'd been 'signed off' if the insurance company queried it.

Hope it is that simple in practice!

I rang my insurance company and they said they had no particular policy so they'd just go with whatever my doctor said.

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