As you approach your delivery date, you are undoubtedly worried about natural birth and c-sections. Some women fear the pain of giving birth naturally while others fear the scarring and longer recovery period that involves a c-section. Nowadays, some women choose to have schedule c-sections even.
When do doctors recommend a C-section?
- Problems with the placenta
- Fetal distress, problems with the umbilical cord
- Maternal health- Diabetes, HIV, Infection
- Multiple pregnancy
- Breech baby
- Failure to progress in natural birth
- Baby’s size.
Talk to your doctor about the benefits, risks and the possible alternatives to having a C-section.
How will you be prepared for the process?
- Once the consent forms are signed you will be given an epidural on your spine that will numb you down from the rib cage.
- Your stomach is usually cleared with an enema.
- You will be hooked on to a catheter and an IV and be ready to go.
- A screen will be placed on your midriff. This way you neither see nor feel what is happening.
The surgical process:
- An incision as long as your middle finger will be made.
- You will not feel anything till the peritoneum is reached. Then you might feel a pinch. This tissue is hard to anesthetize.
- You might feel a fair amount of painless prodding as the doctor reaches out to your baby. The doctor will cradle your baby’s head and push it out of the uterus. The body follows suit.
- There is a baby in the room!
- This process is not usually very long and most doctors will talk you through what is happening if you feel anxious.
- Once the baby has been given a clean bill of health, your doctor comes back to you.
- Uterus is stitched up, outer layers are realigned and the skin is closed. These days most of these stitches used are dissolvable ones. The process takes longer then.
- You will be put in a recovery room till the anesthesia wears off. It might happen in spurts or gradually as you feel your legs coming back to life.
- Pain management is the biggest issue right now. You may be given some low dosage pain killers.
- You will be encouraged to walk as early as possible. This helps in the healing process.
- Use a pillow over the incision when you cough or sneeze to buffer the pain.
- Avoid lifting heavy objects as it might strain the stitches.
- The actual recovery process can take days. Have some patience and a positive attitude.
Thousands of women are getting c-sections in your city every single day. It is not something you need to be particularly anxious about. It is always best to take your doctor’s advice on whether or not to opt for c-sections.