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What to Expect During a Scheduled C-section?

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During your pregnancy, you may choose to give birth by C-section of your own free will. Or you may need to schedule a C-section, for example, because the baby is turned and is coming butt first. In either case, you need to know what is involved in having a C-section and what the risks are. The Caesarean delivery, or C-section, is a relatively low risk procedure, but the discomfort is increased and the recovery is longer than vaginal births.

What happens during the procedure?

The whole procedure of the C-section will generally take about 30-45 minutes total. The baby will be born in the first 5-10 minutes of that time. You will be given some regional anesthesia to block the pain, but you will still be able feel the baby being pulled out. You will not feel any pain, though.

When your baby is delivered, the doctor will suction mucous out of the baby’s nose and mouth. The placenta is then removed and your incisions will be closed one layer at a time. The stitches on the inside will dissolve by themselves, but the stitches on the abdomen wall will have to be removed by the doctor. Once the procedure is done, you will be taken to recovery until all the anesthesia is worn off.

Recovering in the hospital

After the anesthesia has worn off, and the pain sets in, you may be given an IV of pain reliever and then, later on, oral medications will be administered. You may feel exhausted as your body uses its energy to heal. You may also feel nauseated from the anesthesia. Within the first 24 hours of your C-section, you will probably be told to try taking a brief walk. Once you are able to start walking a little at a time, your recovery will start to speed up. By walking you may also avoid constipation and blood clots. Within 48 hours you should be able to take a shower or sponge bath. Your stay in the hospital will largely depend on the outcome of the C-section and the reason for the C-section.

If you choose to breastfeed your baby, you still will be able to, even if you are taking medication for pain. This will not affect the baby. You may need help in positioning the baby for breast feeding after having stitches.

What to Expect During a Scheduled C section?

The risks of having a C-section

Because Caesarean delivery is considered a major surgery, there are some risks that come with the procedure.

The baby may develop a fast breathing problem known as transient tachyon within the first few days of birth. These babies may need to wear an oxygen mask in order to be able to get enough oxygen.

Accidental injury can happen during the C-section surgery or procedure. This is a very rare occurrence.

There are also risks for the mother

  • You can get endometritis, which is an infection or inflammation of the uterus lining.
  • You will lose about twice as much blood during a C-section as a vaginal birth, but a blood transfusion is very rare.
  • There is also an increase for a urinary tract infection.
  • Medication taken for pain and the C-section itself may lead to constipation
  • Some women may develop a reaction to the anesthesia by getting a small leak around the spinal cord, but can be dealt with effectively.
  • Rare occurrences of blood clots developing in the legs, lungs or pelvic area can also happen.

    Some tips for recovering at home

  • Take it easy and ask for help. Remember, your recovery will take a little longer than recovery from vaginal birth.
  • Hold your abdomen while sneezing, coughing, or laughing.
  • Limit your company until you have recovered a little better
  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Avoid sex for 4-6 weeks
  • Avoid driving for at least two weeks.