C-Section

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Most women desire to have a natural birth, but for those who cannot, a C-section is the next option. Nearly 1 in 3 women must have a C-section. Caesarian delivery or C-section is the surgical procedure for delivering a baby. They can be planned ahead of time, or they can happen during labour. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you are more than likely going to be scheduled for a C-section. There are pros and cons to having a C-section. No one wants to undergo surgery, but the C-section process is fairly quick, and because you are under anesthesia, you will not feel any pain.

Who Has C-sections?

C-sections are not for everyone. If you are relatively healthy, and your pregnancy is progressing well, your doctor will suggest you undergo a vaginal delivery. If you desire a C-section, that can surely be arranged. High-risk pregnancies are definitely in line for a C-section. High-risk pregnancies include women that are older or have other health complications like diabetes. Women who are overweight are also considered high risk. If you are carrying multiples, you will also be considered for a C-section. Delivering multiple children can be a long process, and it may put the babies at risk. During labor, it is important for your child to be in the right position. If the child is in a breech position, you most definitely may need to have a C-section.

Anytime the child’s oxygen levels decrease or the heart rate decreases, a doctor will want to deliver as soon as possible. This may happen when you are pushing for a long period. If your water breaks and your labor is not progressing, you may have to undergo a C-section. The child cannot stay in the womb forever. This will leave them at risk. There are times when your vaginal area is not wide enough for the child’s head to come through. If this is the case, you have to have a C-section. There is a host of issues that warrant a C-section but understanding the process may help put your mind at ease.

The Process

c-section pregnancy birth obgyn top10mdBefore any incisions are made, the obstetrician will numb you. This prevents you from feeling the pain of the incision. The next step in the process is for the physician to make a horizontal cut in the abdominal wall. The cut is made strategically so that it does not show when you wear pants or even a bikini. The doctor will burst the amniotic sac, if it has not burst already. The baby is removed and examined. Now the physician must cut the umbilical cord and remove the placenta. The cut made to the uterus is sewn neatly. Once those stitches or staples dissolve or are removed, the mother can go home.

Recovery

The recovery process lasts several weeks. You will only have to stay in the hospital for 2-4 days. There will be a lot of pain in the abdomen. It is not good for the mother to lift anything heavy. Lifting car seats are even dangerous. She should also be careful walking up and down the stairs. Bleeding may occur for a few weeks after the surgery. Doctors also suggest that you stay away from sex for a few weeks as well. Your body needs time to heal. You may be a mother that wants to get that pre-baby body back. That is good and all but try to stay away from strenuous activity in the next couple of weeks after delivery. Once you have healed, you can get back to your normal workout routine.

Pros and Cons

There are pros and cons to a C-section. With any surgery, there are risks. One risk is being injured from the surgery. A physician may cut too deep or not make a clean cut which can lead to a nasty scar. Because you are being cut, recovery time is much longer. Infection is another risk. Anytime your skin is cut, there is always a risk of infection. Bleeding can be excessive if your blood doesn’t clot properly. Endometriosis can occur making sex very painful and leaving you with vaginal discharge. After a C-section, your future pregnancies may have challenges, especially if you have a lot of scar tissue.

With all the risk you may not think there are any pros. The good thing is that a C-section is much shorter than a vaginal delivery. When you deliver vaginally, labor can go for hours and days. A C-section is very quick.  When a C-section is scheduled, you know for sure when your baby will arrive. There will be no guessing. This will make you more prepared. Pain during the birthing process is minimal. You may be uncomfortable but not necessarily in pain. Now that you do not have to push, and you are under anesthesia, you do not have to feel the contractions anymore. C-section also prevents the vaginal walls from being overstretched, which can affect your sex life.

Caesarian delivery is very common now. It is a good option for those who have high-risk pregnancies or suffer other health conditions. C-sections are typically scheduled in advance. Vaginal delivery complications may happen and cause you to have an emergency C-section. Whatever the case may be, know your OB/GYN will take good care of you. They will suggest the best method of delivery for you. No matter what the delivery method is, the important thing is to have a healthy mom and a healthy baby.

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