What You Need To Know About C-Section?

No matter what type of delivery you’re planning (or hoping for), a Caesarean section should not be ruled out. 

In fact, roughly 32% of women in the United States birth through C-section, and there’s no reason it has to be a bad experience, says Dana Sullivan, a three-time C-section veteran and co-author of The Essential C-Section Guide (Broadway Books). 

Meanwhile, one in every four women in the UK has a C-section, with the majority of these being emergency procedures. Dr Michael Bowen, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, describes caesarean sections and the distinction between a planned (elective) c-section and an emergency C-section.

Knowing how to prepare for and “personalise” a C-section can help make the procedure less traumatic and aid in recovery. Here is all you need to know about C-sections.

What exactly is a C-Section?

A caesarean section (c-section) is a surgical procedure used to deliver your baby. A doctor cuts just below your bikini line through your abdomen and womb and lifts your baby out through it.

If you know you will need a c-section before going into labour, you may undergo a planned (elective) c-section.

If it is the safest option to deliver your baby, you may have an unanticipated (emergency) c-section.

Planned C-Section

A c-section may be safer for you or your baby than a vaginal birth in some cases. For example, your doctor or midwife may recommend a scheduled c-section if:

  • There are placental issues, such as a low-lying placenta (placenta praevia)
  • Your baby is in a challenging labour position, like as bottom down (breech)
  • if you have twins that share a placenta, or if either baby is in a challenging position for labour
  • You are expecting more than two children.

Your doctor will explain your birth alternatives if you have HIV or genital herpes. To limit the danger of spreading the infection to the baby, some mothers may require a c-section.

If you are given a c-section for medical reasons, you can choose whether or not to undergo one. You are not required to have one if you do not want one.

Even if there is no medical reason for it, you may opt to have a c-section. Learn more about your childbirth options.

You will see an obstetrician if you opt to have a planned c-section. This is a doctor who specialises in prenatal, labour, and postpartum care. They will go over the advantages and disadvantages of a c-section as well as your other birth options. At your antenatal appointments, you will also meet with a midwife to discuss your options.

At 39 weeks of pregnancy, you will normally have a planned c-section. The goal is to perform the c-section before going into labour. Babies delivered before 39 weeks are more likely to require breathing assistance. There may be medical reasons for delivering the baby earlier than this. For instance, if you are expecting more than one child.

Emergency C-Section

If your baby needs to be delivered urgently, you may need an unforeseen emergency c-section. This could occur if your labour is not progressing or if there is any concern about your or your baby’s health.

The name “emergency” implies haste, yet there is usually enough time to decide whether you want a c-section. Your doctor and midwife will go over your options with you. If your or your baby’s health is jeopardised, you may need to have a c-section sooner.

Myths Surrounding C-Sections

To dispel any remaining doubts, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular myths regarding the surgery, as well as the reality behind them.

1. C-sections are less painful than vaginal births

It is, in fact, a significant abdominal surgery that necessitates a lengthier recuperation period. There are hazards involved in any surgery, no matter how basic. Martin recommends that any woman who is concerned about her discomfort consult with her doctor about possible pain management choices.

2. C-sections lower the chance of prolapse

Vaginal prolapse occurs when the vaginal walls become lax. Because the vaginal wall can no longer support them, the surrounding uterus, rectum, bladder, urethra, and small bowel begin to fall out of their natural locations. This condition, however, is a risk whether the birth is vaginal or caesarean.

3. After a caesarean section, a mother cannot have a vaginal birth (VBAC)

This is the most widespread misconception. VBAC is not for everyone, but most women are good candidates. Women should consult their doctor to discover if they fit certain conditions for a vaginal birth after a previous caesarean. You must also select a birthing hospital that allows and is familiar with performing VBACs, as not all do. Furthermore, because there are hazards, a VBAC should be attempted in a hospital. It is safest to deliver this manner because an OBGYN, anaesthetic experts, and an operating room are always nearby.

4. Breastfeeding will be difficult

According to Shilpi S. Mehta-Lee, Assistant Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at NYU Langone Medical Center, the manner of delivery has no impact on your capacity to breastfeed your baby.

According to Dr. Carusi, some of her patients can even breastfeed during the C-section. “If it does not occur in the OR, we have nursing begin as soon as the mother gets to the recovery room and has basic monitoring applied,” she explained. You might also ask your doctor for pain medication to keep you awake so that you can nurse more easily.

5. While giving delivery, you are completely unconscious

While the number of C-sections has increased over time, the usage of general anaesthetic has decreased. Women are increasingly opting for regional anaesthetic, either epidural or spinal, which allows them to remain awake during the birth.

Closing words

We hope you are better equipped with more knowledge about the C-Section procedure moving forward.

Speaking of moving forward, what happens after the C-section? Well, that’s when you have to recover from your delivery during confinement. While we have plenty of articles on that which you can read on our blog site, we can recommend here that you’ll want to get some assistance in taking care of your newborn while you take care of yourself and your wounds.

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