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In most cases, a vaginal birth is the preferred method for giving birth. There are, however, certain circumstances that can lead to a C-section. Underlying health conditions, a breech baby or other conditions may give your doctor a reason for deciding that a C-section is a better option for you.
What is a C-section?
A C-section (Caesarean section) is the surgical method for delivering a baby and is sometimes required to ensure safety for both mom and baby. Although it is generally a safe procedure, there are still risks involved with C-sections as well as longer hospital stays.
Why might I need a C-section?
Some women are unable to have a vaginal birth or their obstetrician may determine that a vaginal birth would cause too much of a risk. A C-section may be scheduled if one of the following conditions are true:
- You have had multiple pregnancy
- Your baby has severe congenital disabilities
- Your baby is turned sideways
- Your baby is breech (feet-first in your womb)
- You have had placental problems
- You have a medical condition that affects vaginal births such as genital herpes
- You have already had a C-section or uterine surgery
What should I expect from a C-section?
Your obstetrician will make an incision in your abdomen and uterus in order to deliver your baby. The procedure lasts roughly 45 minutes to an hour. You can add 15 minutes if you need more than the required amount of medicine in order for it to take effect. Once your baby is delivered, you will be able to hold him/her right away.
Because a C-section is a major surgery, you should expect to receive anesthesia from the waist down so you will not feel pain.
How long does it take to recover from a C-section?
Recovery time for a C-section is generally longer than traditional vaginal births. You will more than likely stay at the hospital for a few days after your surgery. You may be sore, nauseous, tired and constipated for a few days. You may want to plan to have someone stay and help you with your new baby for your first few days at home.
Expect to take at easy for up to eight weeks during recovery. Your obstetrician will provide you with everything you need to know about the recovery process with guidelines on which types of activities you should avoid.
If you need more information on C-sections, please contact the Women's Specialists of Fayette.
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