What to expect from a C-Section delivery?

Caesarean or C-Section is a surgical procedure of removing the baby from the uterus by making incision. It may be riskier than normal delivery due to loss of blood. Doctors plan for C-Section only if there is a valid medical reason to avoid vaginal delivery, like blood pressure drop or baby’s heart rate

You do not have to panic or feel guilty if you have a C-Section. Your baby is the most important than anything else.

Here’s what to expect from a C-Section delivery:

•Your doctor will explain to you about the surgery and why you need the same •She will explain the possible risks involved and also the type of anesthesia that will be given, along with its effects •You may be given medication like antibiotics to prevent infections •Your abdomen’s lower part will be washed and shaved as well •A catheter will be placed in your bladder to make sure it’s empty •Drips will be administered through the veins •You will be given anesthesia like an epidural to reduce the pain. General anesthesia may also be given in some cases. •Your abdomen will be cleaned with antiseptic solution and covered with a sterile cloth. The portion where the surgery is going to be performed will be kept exposed. •Sometimes a screen may be placed in front of you blocking your view of the delivery. In some cases, you will be able to see. •You will be administered with anesthesia. •Once it takes effect, a cut will be made through the wall of your abdomen and then your uterus. You may feel light pressure in the region. The doctor usually makes a cut called bikini cut which heals faster. Sometimes a vertical cut is made. •The cut is usually made in the lower uterus region. •The doctor will open the amniotic sac and you might hear or feel the fluid gushing out. •Your baby will be removed manually or in some cases, with the help of forceps. You may feel light tugging sensation or pressure if you have taken epidural. You might not feel anything, if you have taken spinal. You might just feel pressure when the baby is being taken out. •The doctor will clamp the umbilical cord and cut it. The placenta will be removed. The doctor will handover baby to a nurse. Your baby's nose and mouth will be cleared. •The nurse will assess the baby. Apgar test will be performed. •The doctor will stitch up uterus and abdomen. The stitches will dissolve on their own. •You might be asked to hold your baby in the delivery room, if you are up to it. •Once you are moved to your room, you will be monitored for any infection. You will be given pain killer to ease the pain. A nurse will also help to breastfeed your baby •Six hours after the surgery, the catheter will be removed. You will be encouraged to walk. •You will require drips for a day or two until you are able to start eating and drinking. •You will be discharged 4 days after your delivery. You can start your normal activities a month after your baby's birth.

Breastfeeding might be painful. Seek help till you get comfortable with feeding your baby.

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