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Looking for more information on what a c-section entails? According to WebMD, about 30 percent of all babies in the United States are born via c-section, so they are fairly common. Sometimes c-sections are planned ahead of time, allowing new moms the time to prepare for this surgical procedure. Other times c-sections are necessary due to a problem that suddenly arises when giving birth. This makes it a good idea for every pregnant woman to find out a little bit more about c-sections, just in case.
A c-section, also known as a cesarean section, is necessary when a pregnant woman is not able to deliver her baby vaginally. C-sections are listed under the category of major surgery. While new mothers will receive local anesthesia to block the pain, they will be completely awake during a c-section.
A large incision is made across the lower stomach area, after which another incision will be made into the uterus. These incisions allow a medical professional to deliver the baby from the uterus. Once the baby is delivered, the incisions will receive their necessary stitches.
Common c-section questions
The following list includes some of the more frequently asked questions people have about c-sections.
What are the risks associated with a c-section?
Since c-sections require major surgery, the risks associated with this type of procedure are the same risks that come with any type of major surgery. Some of the more common risks include developing an infection, postpartum hemorrhaging, developing blood clots and having a negative reaction to the anesthesia.
How long does it take for a c-section scar to heal?
It depends. Cesarean sections scars take many months to heal. Women who take proper care of their scar, exercise on a regular basis and eat well will heal faster than women who do not.
How many c-sections are safe?
According to the National Institute of Health, c-sections are not recommended for women who plan on having three or more children. A repeated c-section is more complicated than the previous one, increasing a pregnant woman’s chances of experiencing complications with each c-section she undergoes.
How long is the recovery time?
It normally takes anywhere between six weeks and eight weeks for a new mother to completely recover from a c-section. Staying an additional three to four days in a hospital is required, with some new moms needing to stay longer when complications arise during the procedure.
Do you have any questions for us?
Are you currently preparing for your c-section and have any additional questions? Or maybe you just want to be sure that you are completely prepared in case you do need to have a c-section when delivering a baby. Cesarean sections require major surgery, making it essential for you to understand the entire process.
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