18 May 2022 | 5 min Read
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Cesarean delivery commonly known as C-section involves surgical procedures to deliver a baby by making incisions in the uterus and in the abdomen.
This procedure can be planned before delivery in case you develop complications during pregnancy. Additionally, if you already had a C-section before and are not considering vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), then it can be planned.
However, until the pregnant woman goes into labour, C-section for the first time is not fixed. Read further to find out the reasons why a doctor may advise you to go for a C-section delivery and to know all about cesarean delivery.
There are certain situations which make C-section safer than vaginal delivery for the mother and baby. Let’s look at some of the complications where a C-section becomes the only option for delivery-
When the labour stops or gets stalled, there might be the need for an emergency c-section. The cervix does not open even if there are strong contractions that happen over several hours when there is stalled labour.
In case you have a serious health condition like a heart or brain condition, you might need to get a C-section. Additionally, if during labour there is an active genital herpes then too, C-section is recommended.
It is possible to do a VBAC after considering the type of uterine incision and other factors. However, in certain cases you might be recommended a C-section again.
Some circumstances under which VBAC can be too risky are:
In case there is an obstruction in the birth canal because of a large fibroid or a pelvic fracture that is severely displaced, then you might be recommended C-section. In some cases, the baby might have severe hydrocephalus, a condition which causes the head to be unusually large.
A C-section might be recommended if the umbilical cord gets pinched or the loop of umbilical cord enters through your cervix before your baby.
If the placenta separates from the uterine wall too soon or covers the opening of your cervix.
The ideal normal position of the baby to pass down the birth canal is the head down and the body of the baby facing towards the mothers back which makes normal delivery possible.
But in an abnormal position the baby is facing forward, if the baby is in an abnormal position, then normal delivery is not recommended. Additionally, if the baby’s feet or buttocks enter the birth canal first, C-section is considered safer.
Some additional complications that need cesarean delivery include-
While C-sections are common and generally safe for the mum and baby, there may be certain risks of the surgery. Some of the risks are:
It normally takes up to six weeks to recover. However, the healing journey can vary for each one getting C-section. The incisions made on the lower abdomen take a few weeks to heal.
During the recovery process, it is common to feel fatigue and discomfort. Hence, here are some things you can do to heal-
Some mothers also develop postpartum depression after delivery and it is important for them to communicate with their healthcare provider.
DISCLAIMER: We have taken steps to check the accuracy of information & practices shared above; however, it is not a replacement for a doctor’s opinion. Please check with either your doctor, or an expert, before trying any suggestion, practice, or medication mentioned here.
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