A c-section, or cesarean section, is the delivery of a baby through a surgical incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. In certain circumstances, a c-section is scheduled in advance. With the numbers inching upward, it’s important for expectant moms to understand what a C-section means for their bodies, and their health. Here, experts explain the pros and cons of C-sections, why the C-section rate is rising, and what recovery from a C-section is really like.
1. THESE LADIES FACE THE CONSEQUENCES AND RISKS OF A SURGICAL PROCEDURE
Unexpected or not, there’s no reason a C-section has to be a totally negative experience, says Dana Sullivan, a three-time C-section veteran and co-author of The Essential C-Section Guide (Broadway Books). Knowing how to prepare for and “personalize”a C-section can make the surgery less traumatic and help speed recovery.
A caesarean section, or C-section, is an operation to deliver your baby through a cut made in your tummy and womb.
The cut is usually made across your tummy, just below your bikini line.
A caesarean is a major operation that carries a number of risks, so it’s usually only done if it’s the safest option for you and your baby.
Around one in every four to five pregnant women in the UK has a caesarean.
2. TILL THEY’VE GOT OUT THE OR, THEY CAN´T KNOW IF EVERYTHING WENT ON WELL
If you’re a mom-to-be with your heart set on a vaginal delivery, the news that your baby needs (or may need) to be delivered by cesarean section might feel disappointing. Visions of pushing baby out the way you’ve maybe always dreamed can sometimes be suddenly displaced by worries about the surgery, about being stuck in the hospital longer, and about the tougher recovery (not to mention the scar).
3. THEY CARRY OUT THEIR POST-CESAREAN RECOVERY AS REAL HEROES
Depending on the type of uterine incision and other factors, it’s often possible to attempt a vaginal birth after a previous C-section. In some cases, however, your health care provider might recommend a repeat C-section.A C-section might be recommended if you have health conditions, such as complex heart problems, high blood pressure requiring urgent delivery or an infection that could be passed to your baby during vaginal delivery — such as genital herpes or HIV.That first day, you’ll likely have a pump to deliver a low dosage of a narcotic, such as morphine, as needed. Some doctors will let you eat solids, while others will have you wait 24 hours or until you pass gas, a sign that your intestines are functioning normally. You will need loads of rest, and you will still be bleeding and will need to wear pads for a few days.
But in the grand scheme of parenthood, these are minor things; the c-section has the desired effect of delivering your baby safely into your arms. Here’s the some pictures after having a c-section.