Giving birth is an exciting but at times daunting experience, so it helps to know that there are a variety of ways in which a delivery can take place.
A Caesarean section, also known as a C-section, is delivering your baby by surgery where incisions are made on your abdomen and uterus. A C-section occurs for a number of reasons, and they may be planned due to medical condition(s), personal preference, or unplanned as an emergency C-section.
Examples of these reasons are:
There are two ways in which a C-section incision can occur, these are:
In general, all C-sections, whether planned or emergency, work in the same way, the main differences are the type of anaesthesia and the speed of the procedure. Most C-sections involve the use of a regional anaesthesia such as an epidural or a spinal block.
It usually takes about 5-10 mins to deliver your baby in a planned C-section while it may take only 1-3 minutes for your baby to be delivered via an emergency C-section; this is because you or your baby may be in distress and quick medical help may be required. C-section usually takes about 30-60 mins to complete.
The steps of a C-section are as follows:
In certain circumstances, a C-section may be the safest option for you and your baby.
Some benefits of a C-section include:
A C-section is a major surgery, and as such, has several possible risks, these are:
You likely will experience some pain and discomfort once the anaesthesia wears off. You will be prescribed pain relief medications to help with the pain and antibiotics to prevent an infection. You may need some assistance getting up from an inclined position and laughing or coughing might cause some pain at the site of incision. C-section will take approximately 6 weeks for full recovery.
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