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When it comes to birth choices, c-sections aren't always at the top of everyone's list. However, you may choose to have one because of health reasons, personal preference or because you've already had an emergency c-section.
Although you will discuss what lies ahead with your obstetrician, it doesn't hurt to refresh your knowledge. Here's what to expect when you have an elective c-section.
Your Preoperative Appointment
Your preoperative appointment is an opportunity for you to discuss the procedure with your obstetrician. They will also perform some tests that allow them to carry out the procedure safely. If you have any questions about what's ahead, now's the time to ask them. Consider keeping a notepad of questions that pop into your head so that you can leave your appointment feeling fully informed.
The clinician performing the procedure will also carry out blood tests, which will include checking for conditions such as anaemia. Additionally, they may give you some medications to take, such as antibiotics. Finally, they'll discuss the risks with you and ask you to sign a consent form that says you understand those risks and you're willing to go ahead with the c-section.
The Morning of Your C-section
Your obstetrician will likely advise you not to eat before your procedure. This is to keep you safe if you have a general anesthetic. Even if you're not choosing a general anaesthetic, there's always a small risk of complications that could lead to you needing one.
Many women choose to have an epidural rather than a general anaesthetic. Epidurals allow you to remain awake during the procedure so you can meet your baby after, but you won't feel anything. In preparation for your epidural, your doctor will fit a catheter to empty your bladder. The epidural will numb the lower half of your body and your anaesthetist will advise you on when it is likely to wear off.
During Your C-Section
If you're having an epidural, it's likely that the birth partner of your choice can remain with you. They will usually remain by your head and your surgical team will place a screen over your abdomen so that you cannot see what is happening.
Depending on the nature of your pregnancy, the procedure should last between about 45 minutes. Alongside performing the c-section itself, your obstetrician will also use injections such as oxytocin to reduce blood loss and encourage your womb to contract faster.
Recovery periods for c-sections can vary but may last up to six weeks. By following your medical team's advice, you should enjoy a fast return to normality. For more information, speak with an obstetrician.Share
25 June 2020