There is always the possibility of having a cesarean delivery, especially in cases of risky pregnancies. In some occasions can be predicted, so the mom will be able to prepare in advance.
Expert: Dr. Enrique Oyarzún, gyneco-obstetrician at the University Clinic of the Andes.
Generally, the c-section delivery is performed when the baby is feet or buttocks down or sideways, and on some occasions can be predicted, so the mom will be able to prepare in advance.
They can also arise emergencies that lead to perform a c-section:
- If the pelvic cavity is small and the baby is big.
- If there is fetal distress, which means that possibly the baby does not tolerate labor.
- If there is vaginal bleeding, that is to say, that there is a problem with the placenta and that the baby might not be getting enough blood, oxygen or nutrients through the umbilical cord.
- Medical problems such as diabetes, blood incompatibility, or high blood pressure (hypertension or pre-eclampsia)
- Infections viral active that affect the cervix, or external genitalia, such as herpes.
A cesarean section involves an incision in the abdominal wall and into the uterus, in order to later remove the baby. Are two types of incisions that are used:
- Midline laparotomy infra-umbilical: the incision is made longitudinally and goes from the navel to the pubis. With this type of incision opening the abdominal is more rapid. It is used in cesarean sections to be urgent.
- Pfannenstiel incision: is made the transverse and the level of the suprapubic. It is more laborious, but the aesthetic result is better. It is used when the c-section is scheduled.
At the level of the uterus the technique used is the uterine incision is transverse. Repair is easier and there are fewer breakages in subsequent pregnancies. The baby and the placenta are removed through the incision in a matter of minutes after the start of the surgery. These cuts are closed and it takes about an hourRead also: teenage Mother: “I Am proud to have had a baby at 14 years old”
After the intervention, the mother will be taken to the recovery room. During this time, your blood pressure, your pulse, your rate of breathing, and the bandage on your incision will be checked frequently. It will keep you under observation in case of excessive vaginal bleeding.
Usually, you will stay in bed between six and eight hours after. Then, you can move with help. A short time after the surgery will remove the catheter. The iv will remain connected until you can eat and drink. You will be given medication for the pain product of the cesarean, when you want.
In most cases, women leave the hospital three or four days after a cesarean delivery. This type of birth should not interfere with the fact of giving the breast to your baby. It requires more rest and recovery after the cesarean section, a woman who has had a vaginal delivery. It will take four to six weeks before you can return to your regular activities.
In regard to the future deliveries, it is possible that some women can give birth vaginally even if they had a c-section.