What is a C-section?
A C-section, or commonly referred as Caesarean delivery, is a surgical procedure used to deliver a baby. Its surgery involves one incision in the mother’s abdomen and another in the uterus to bring out the baby.
Caesarean delivery has now become a common procedure to deliver about 1 in 4 babies in the U.S. Doctors recommend avoiding C-sections before 39 weeks of pregnancy so that the baby can have enough time to develop in the womb. However, due to certain complications, C-sections must be performed prior to 39 weeks.
Reasons to perform a C-section:
A C-section is performed when certain complications make vaginal birth difficult, or put a mother or baby’s life at risk. In this situation, a C-section becomes the immediate alternative for saving lives. So, you may enter into the delivery room expecting a normal delivery and suddenly find that you will have a C-section. Some of the reasons that might precipitate this decision with your doctor are listed below.
Problems with the baby’s development in the womb
Baby’s head bigger than the usual size for the birth canal.
Breech birth, when the feet come out first
Early pregnancy difficulties
Health problems with the mother such as high blood pressure
Complications with the placenta or umbilical cord
Baby’s shoulder coming out first
The risks in a C-section birth:
It is becoming a more common type of birth option, but it is still considered as a major surgery that carries health risks for both mother and the baby.
The risks that may occur while performing a C-section include bleeding, blood clots, increased risks for future pregnancies, infection, injury to the baby during surgery, or surgical injury to other organs.
Tips for the fast recovery:
Childbirth is an exciting time. It’s the time when you get to meet the life that’s been growing inside you for the last nine months. However, having a baby can be challenging for your body if you have gone through a cesarean delivery. You will need more time to recover from this as compared to a normal delivery.
Follow the given tips to speed up your recovery and spend less time tired and sore, and more time bonding with your baby.
Take care of your body:
After a C-section, your body needs 4 to 6 weeks to completely heal the incision site. You will need to take extra care in getting around. Avoid going up and down stairs as much as you can. Be careful and hold your abdomen whenever you sneeze or cough to protect the incision.
Doctors prescribe to avoid strenuous exercise until your body is healed completely, but you can take gentle walks as often as you want. Taking short and gentle walks in this recovery period helps you prevent constipation and blood clots.
Nutrition is a necessity:
Consumption of vital nutrients in the months after you deliver is as important as it was while you were pregnant.
When you breastfeed, you become the primary source of nutrition for your baby. Research indicates that eating green vegetables after the delivery imparts vital flavors in breast milk. It fills the need of nutrients in your baby and helps him grow healthily. Also, drinking lots of water as extra fluid in the body boosts your breast milk supply and help avoid constipation.
Time to call the doctor:
Recovery from a C-section can be a painful time. You will probably feel soreness in the incision, or might bleed for up to six weeks. That’s normal. But the following symptoms after the C-section signal to call a doctor.
Pus, redness, swelling seeping from the incision site
Fever for more than 100.4 Fahrenheit
Redness or swelling in legs
Heavy vaginal bleeding
Difficulty in breathing
Indeed, if you know someone who has gone through a C-section, you don’t have to compare yourself with her. Every woman would have different experiences with this surgery. Now, give your body the time it needs to get back to normal and focus on how well are you recovering.