C Section delivery
What is a caesarean section?
A caesarean section is the delivery of a baby through a cut (incision) in the mother's belly and uterus. It is often called a C-section. In most cases, a woman can be awake during the birth and be with her newborn soon afterward.
When you are pregnant, and chances are good that you will be able to deliver your baby through the birth canal (vaginal birth) is well fine. But there are few cases to undergo a C-section which is predominantly needed for the safety of both mother and baby. So even if you would like to give normal delivery, it is good to be prepared for C-section also, for most cases of unexpected.
When is a C-section looked-for?
When doctors know about a problem ahead of time, they may schedule a C-section thus C-section is sometimes a planned or unplanned. In most cases, doctors do cesarean practices due to problems that arise during labor. Reasons you might need an unplanned C-section include:
- Labor is slow and hard or stops completely
- The baby shows signs of distress, such as a very fast or slow heart rate
- A problem with the placenta or umbilical cord puts the baby at risk
- The baby is too big to be delivered vaginally
- Close to your due date, if the baby didn’t act on crown position, where his/her head in not in the downwards
- You have a problem such as heart disease which could be made worse by the stress of labor
- You have an infection that catches the baby too during the vaginal birth
- You are carrying more than one baby (multiple pregnancies) say for, twins, triplets et al
- If you had a C-section before, and you have the same problems this time or your doctor thinks labor might cause your scar to tear (uterine rupture)
In some cases, as 10 out of 100, a woman who had a C-section in the past may be able to deliver her next baby through the birth canal. This is called vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC). Time is taken to recover from a C-section Most women go home 5 to 7 days after a C-section, but it may take solid 4 weeks or longer even (depends upon mother’s health) to recover fully. By difference, women who deliver vaginally usually go home in a day or two and are back to their normal activities in 1 to 2 weeks probably.
In common, if you have a C-section, you have to take care and how to become normal with incisions and how to heal it soon. It is advisable that avoid heavy lifting, intense exercise, and sit-ups. Take help from family members or friends in housework, cooking, and shopping et al.
Not to panic if you have pain in your lower belly. Just take medicines for 1 to 2 weeks upon doctor’s prescription. In addition, you can expect some vaginal bleeding for several weeks, in such cases try to avoid using tampons instead use sanitary pads. Moreover, rush to your doctor if you have any problems or signs of infection, such as a fever or red streaks or pus from your incision.