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The truth behind C-sections

I wanted to take moment to discuss c-sections, I myself have had two. Both my babies were breach, early and emergencies. Sometimes for the well being of yourself and/or your baby a c-section – sometimes called a c-section – may be recommended to deliver your baby.

This may be planned during your pregnancy known as an elective cesarean section or it may be recommended during labour and an emergency c-section may be performed.

Introduction

Cesarean delivery, also called c-section, is surgery to deliver a baby. The baby is taken out through the mother’s abdomen. Women should find out what c-sections are, why they are performed, and the pros and cons of this surgery.

What Are The Reasons For a C-Section?

Your doctor might recommend a c-section if she or he thinks it is safer for you or your baby than vaginal birth. Some c-sections are planned, but most c-sections like mine are done when unexpected problems happen during delivery.

How are they performed?

The majority of caesarean sections are carried out by making a horizontal cut into your abdomen around your bikini line just above your pubic bone. They will then cut into the lower segment of your uterus to lift your baby out.

Caesarean sections are normally carried out using a spinal or epidural anaesthesia which will be cited into your back prior to the procedure being started, this makes sure that you are pain free but are still able to experience the birth of your baby.

A caesarean section is major abdominal surgery, during which you will have a catheter in to drain urine from your bladder, intravenous drip which will provide fluids and sometimes further analgesia and monitors to record your blood pressure and heartbeat throughout the cesarean. A screen will be put up somewhere over your chest so you cannot see what is going on. It shouldn’t be painful some but you may experience some tugging.

What happens after the baby is delivered?

There will be a paediatrician in the room who will want to check your baby over first then provided he or she is well then your partner will be able to have a cuddle whilst the caesarean is finished off.

When the caesarean is finished you will be taken back to the ward or the recovery room. You will be closely monitored for the next few hours to ensure that you remain stable and don’t have any excessive bleeding. Your midwife will try and get you up and mobile quite soon after delivery, this may seem mean but this is to aid your recovery and also helps to prevent blood clots developing.

Recovering from a caesarean birth

Throughout the weeks following caesarean section you will need to take it quite easy to ensure that you heal properly. You shouldn’t lift anything heavier than your baby and no housework other than light dusting should be carried out so take note dads!! care should also be taken walking up and down stairs.

Please please take away this if anything from this blog post,  if you needed or chose to have a c-section you have not failed in anyway. At the end of the day all we want is a happy healthy baby, if that means having them by c-section then really who is to judge!

Fiona X

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