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A caesarean section is a way of delivering a baby. As compared to natural birth or vaginal delivery, a C-section is more invasive as it is a surgery and requires anesthesia. A C-section is very common, however, it is still a major stomach surgery and it can have a huge physical as well as emotional impact on a mother.
A C-section surgery is an operation performed to deliver a baby by making a cut in the mother’s abdomen just above the bikini line. Generally, C-sections are recommended only as a last resort or during an emergency. In some cases, if vaginal birth is deemed too risky, a C-section may be planned early on. Sometimes women can also request an elective C-section. At Birthright by Rainbow Hospitals, your doctor will take you through the procedure and explain to you the risks involved so that you can make an informed decision.
A C-section is preferred when –
The baby is in a breech position (when baby's buttocks, feet, or both are in place to come out first during delivery) and cannot be turned by the doctor by applying gentle pressure to the belly. The mother has pregnancy-related high blood pressure. The baby needs to be delivered immediately because of a lack of nutrients or oxygen. The mother is carrying twins or multiples. The mother has placenta praevia. The mother has infections such as untreated HIV or genital herpes. The mother has had a C-section previously. At Birthright by Rainbow Hospitals, during your C-section surgery, your surgeon will make a 10 to 20 cm long cut in your tummy and uterus, above your bikini line. The baby is then taken out through this cut. The whole procedure takes 10 to 15 minutes. You would have to stay at the hospital for 3 to 4 days after the C-section. Recovery time after a C-section depends on various factors. Generally, it takes 4 to 6 weeks to recover fully. Here are some dos and don’ts for you after your C-section. You should focus on relieving pain and taking everything slowly. You need to rest as and when possible. You should also take care of your wound and stitches to avoid infection and recover faster. While recovering from your C-section, ensure that you drink plenty of water and eat well. Follow your doctor’s advice and ask for help whenever you need it. Avoid driving for 4 to 6 weeks after your surgery. Avoid having intercourse for 4 to 6 weeks after your C-section. Try to avoid laughing, sneezing, or coughing as much as possible.
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Laparoscopic Surgeon M.D Obstetrics & Gynecology
Rainbow Children’s Hospital & BirthRigh, Banjara Hills.