Many factors influence the way your kid is born. Your health, medical history, different complications. According to study, the hospital you have chosen may also affect the way of delivery. That is why it’s important to prepare for this as thoroughly as possible, including finding out everything about C-section. And we are here to help you know more about this surgery.
1. It can happen to anyone.
No woman in labor is safe from a cesarean section. It can be planned ahead due to an incorrect position of the fetus, a narrow pelvis of the mother, pregnancy complications, or if the health of the mother is threatened in some way. But often, a C-section has to be done urgently, like if labor is weak, the uterus is about to rupture, or if the fetus is deprived of oxygen supply.
- “I had an emergency C-section and then 2 planned C-sections. Both of those were much better because they were planned and not as scary as an emergency C-section.” © Miss_RBF
2. It’s a serious surgery.
Although having a cesarean is common, this is a major operation that requires anesthesia. Mothers have a deep cut, which subsequently closes in several stages. First, the incision in the uterus is sutured, the abdominal wall is restored, and then braces or sutures are applied to the skin. It all sounds horrifying but you won’t see anything because the lower part of the body will be hidden behind a screen. The only thing you’ll see is your baby.
- “Operating room, light, I’m on the table. There are also a lot of doctors around. At the hands, at the feet, at the head. Do epidural or anesthesia. Anaesthesiologist woman distracts me. That’s it, the stomach is numb, the incision. I feel — they get the baby.” © AsyaMed
3. You will have a catheter.
One important part of the operation is the insertion of a catheter into the bladder. Don’t worry, this is done to empty the bladder. A full one will put pressure on the uterus, so it’s necessary for the uterus to contract better after childbirth. This reduces the likelihood of damage to it during the operation.
- “I didn’t even know they put a catheter in until the next day when the nurse showed up to remove it! I was like oh? Whattya know…theres a bag of pee hanging on the side of the bed!” © ga11antis
4. Your partner can be with you during the surgery.
Your partner may be present at a cesarean section, as well as a vaginal delivery. First, the mother needs support during labor. Secondly, it helps you share the experience of your baby’s birth. It also helps integrate the father into the process and makes him more involved, helping to resolve any immediate childbirth issues.
- “My husband was supposed to name our child Bear. But the nurses handed him the baby after the C-section anesthesia and named him Josh. His father had changed the name we had chosen for him while I was unconscious.” © EmmaScott
5. You may get an infection.
The risk of developing a postpartum infection with a C-section is higher than with vaginal delivery. Up to 15% of women get an infection. Moreover, women with obesity are more at risk. Therefore, doctors often prescribe antibiotics to patients to reduce the chance of infection. Taking them before the initial cut can be beneficial.
- “The first day wasn’t bad, actually. I was walking around and making great progress. The second day though, I developed an infection.” © flaccidbitchface
6. You may need painkillers.
Any childbirth is associated with pain but unfortunately, women with C-sections are more likely to experience pain after labor. Back and abdominal pain may continue for several months after surgery. Therefore, it’s important to take painkillers. But you need to consult a doctor and choose those that won’t harm the baby while breastfeeding.
- “Take your pain meds regularly the first few days; don’t wait until you’re in pain to take them. It’s much easier to stay on top of the pain than to get back on top of it.” © mepinkiepie
7. You have to move more carefully after a C-section.
Given that women with C-sections experience pain and the fact that a deep cut was made during the surgery, future movement needs to be controlled. Pay special attention to this in the first few weeks. Sharp and active movements can cause pain and spasm and may disrupt the healing process of sutures. Additionally, don’t lift weights or anything that is heavier than your baby.
- “2 C-sections have taught me that time is the master of the situation. Husband had to help me sit up for about a week.” © OrionSuperman
8. You are responsible for your suture.
In order for the suture to heal well and to prevent infection from getting to it, you have to look after your wound. Change your dressing at least once a day. If it gets wet or dirty, you need to change it additionally during the day. Ask your doctor when you can remove it. Gently wash this area with soap and water and pat dry with a towel. Choose underwear and pants that will be lower or higher than your suture.