About Caesarean Births

From | Mar 29 | 2 minutes read

You may have been hoping for a natural childbirth, but if there are complications, your doctor may suggest you to opt for a c-section. The surgical process of delivering a baby is known as a caesarean delivery. Most C-section deliveries are done post completion of 39 weeks of pregnancy so that baby has had the required time to develop in the mother’s womb.

Why should you have a c-section

Your doctor may recommend a planned C-section under the following circumstances:

  • If you’ve had a C-section previously, with a classical uterine incision
  • If you’ve had more than one caesarean deliveries during any of your previous childbirths
  • If you have gone through any other types of invasive uterine surgeries like myomectomy
  • If you are carrying more than one baby
  • If your baby has macrosomia, wherein the size of your baby is larger than expected
  • If your baby is in a transverse or breech position
  • If you have reached full-term in your pregnancy but have been diagnosed with placenta previa
  • If you have fibroids which poses as an obstruction
  • If baby has an abnormality or malformation
  • If you are HIV positive

In some situations, you may have to undergo an unplanned caesarean delivery too. For example:

  • If you have a sudden outbreak of genital herpes when your water breaks or during labour
  • If your cervix has stopped dilating to the required dimensions which will make it difficult for you to push your baby

If your labour poses an immediate threat to your baby, your healthcare provider may want to do an emergency C-section. Instances include:

  • If your baby’s heart rate is not as per expectation
  • If the umbilical cord has wrapped itself around baby’s neck
  • If the placenta begins separating from your uterine wall
  • If you’ve had a C-section before and attempting a natural birth which may have ruptured the uterine during your earlier birthing experience

The c-section process

The doctor will make a tiny, horizontal incision on your stomach which has been swapped with antiseptic. The anaesthesia will have taken its effect by now. By cutting through the underlying tissue, your doctor will work her way towards the uterus and make a low-transverse uterine incision. She will then reach and pull out your baby and your incision is stitched up. You are then wheeled into the recovery room and closely monitored for the next few hours.

Post performing the C-section, you and your baby will be kept in the hospital for 3 to 5 days. Your healthcare provider will encourage you to try and move as that can help in preventing blood clots and constipation. Before you leave, your doctor will recommend post-operative ways of home care.

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