Learn more about C- Sections
A C-section refers to the delivery of a baby through an incision in the uterus. C-sections now account for approximately 1 of 3 births.
There are many different indications for a C-section delivery. Most cases of C-sections are done for the safety of the baby and/or the mother. Indications for a C-section that can occur when a woman is attempting a vaginal birth are the baby showing signs of distress, failure to progress in labor, failure of the head to descend in the pelvis in labor, and problems with the placenta or the umbilical cord. Indications for a scheduled C-section can include a breech or transverse (sideways) presentation, medical conditions of the mother, problems with the placenta location, twin pregnancy, a certain infection that can be passed to the baby during the vaginal birth process, prior history of a C-section, and prior history of a fibroid removal.
Most of the time, the mother can be awake during her C-section delivery. And most women do well during their post C-section recovery process. But it is major surgery that has inherent risks of infection, bleeding, injury to the mother and the baby, anesthetic problems, and blood clots in the legs if the mother does not walk regularly during her post-op recovery phase
With the pregnancy following a C-section, there is risk of weakening of the uterine muscle at the uterine scar site. This results in the potential for uterine rupture, so many women schedule a repeat C-section between 39 and 40 weeks with a subsequent pregnancy. There may also be a slightly higher risk of problems with the placenta in subsequent pregnancies.
Women usually leave the hospital on the 4th post-operative day following a C-section. They take oral pain medications starting the day after surgery, and also start walking and eating a regular diet the day after surgery. Women come to the office 2 weeks after their C-section for an incision check, and again 4 weeks after later for their postpartum check. Women need to eat a regular diet, drink plenty of fluids, walk regularly, and not lift anything heavier than their new baby for the first 6 weeks after surgery. Women need to call for heavy bleeding, fever, drainage from the incision and increasing pain.
At Marina Shores OBGYN I am experienced in performing C-section deliveries. I welcome new pregnant patients and will support you and your baby throughout your pregnancy and your delivery process.