A Cesarean, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is a surgical procedure that can save a woman's and her baby's lives when performed for medical reasons. As a result, the operation should only be used in the case of complicated pregnancies. C-sections, on the other hand, are becoming more popular in developing countries like India. In the context of developing countries, we may say that the livelihood of women and their families plays a crucial part in determining decisions about delivery processes. If you're expecting a child, you've probably considered whether you'll give birth naturally or through a Cesarean section (C-section). You may have also talked about the potential of a C-section with your doctor and might even wonder if a C-section is easier or safer than a vaginal delivery. Gathering information and understanding your options is crucial, so you can make the best decisions for you and your kid. Read ahead as Dr. Ananya R, MBBS, MS OBG, Ayu Health Hospitals answers commonly-asked questions about c-section delivery.
Common C-Section Questions Answered
Here are some important questions about C-sections a women must ask, as told by Dr. Ananya R, MBBS, MS OBG, Ayu Health Hospitals.
When is c section done?
If you're carrying multiples, or if your baby is breech, very large, or has been diagnosed in utero with a birth defect or placental anomaly, your doctor may recommend surgery. If you've had pregnancy difficulties like severe preeclampsia or a previous C-section, many ob-gyns would recommend it. If your baby shows signs of concern (such as a high heart rate) during delivery, your labour fails to progress, or you have a fever, you may need an emergency C-section.
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What type of anesthesia will be used during the procedure and how is the procedure performed?
A spinal block, epidural block, or general anaesthetic will be administered to you. You will not be conscious during the procedure if general anaesthetic is utilised. The bottom half of the body is numbed with an epidural block.
An incision is made in your skin and the abdominal wall. An incision near the pubic hairline might be transverse (horizontal or "bikini") or vertical (vertical). Another incision will be made in the uterine wall. Incisions in the uterine wall will be either transverse or vertical. The baby will be delivered, the umbilical cord will be cut, and the placenta will be retrieved through the incisions. Stitches will be used to seal the uterus, which will dissolve in the body.
What are c section complications?
Generally, there are no complications as such after a cesarean delivery but sometimes, women may suffer from certain concerning issues. A few issues affect little percentage of women and are frequently treatable:
- Loss of blood
- Blood clots in the legs or pelvic organs
- Injuries to the bowels or bladder are common.
- Reaction to the drugs or the anaesthesia
What to expect after the operation?
If you are awake during the procedure, you will most likely be able to hold your baby right afterwards. You will be taken to either a recovery room or your room. Blood pressure, pulse rate, breathing rate, bleeding amount, and abdomen will all be monitored on a frequent basis. Please inform your health care provider if you want to breastfeed. You will be able to breastfeed your baby even if you had a Cesarean delivery. You should be able to start breastfeeding as soon as possible.
How long is c section recovery?
It's possible that you'll have to spend some time in bed. A nurse or another adult should assist you the first few times you get out of bed. A couple of days in the hospital is typical after a cesarean birth. The length of your stay is determined by the reason for the cesarean birth and how long your body takes to recuperate. You may need to take extra care of yourself and limit your activities when you get home.
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It is critical that you ask questions about any medical test or procedure so that you and your baby receive the best possible care. One should be aware of all the steps involved in a surgical procedure to analyze pros, cons and prepare oneself for it.
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