A Lifesaving Operation For Mother And Babies

A Caesarian Birth The Last Resort To Try To Save Mother And Child

Most of you reading this know your babies are going to be delivered by elective Caesarian section. Some of you, however, will have planned for a vaginal delivery but circumstances at the time necessitated a surgical delivery. But whether you knew ahead of time or found out later you should find this article valuable as it is aimed to complete and problem free recovery.

Life-saving operation for baby and mother
A Caesarean section is always to be considered only as a very last resort to try to save the baby and to preserve the mother's life. It was not until the nineteenth century that the medical profession started to consider the possibility that the operation could be used to save both mother and child. Today the operation becomes more common with around twenty-five percent of mothers giving birth on a Caesarian basis. There are several important reasons why it is necessary and might be considered necessary and these are discussed later on in the article. If you have had been offered an elective Caesarian your doctor should have explained to you and your birth partner about the operation and why it is thought to be necessary and answer any questions you may have before you sign a consent form. However, in the event of an emergency Caesarian, there may not be time to have a detailed discussion and you may feel as though you are being pressured into agreeing to the decision. In such a case it helps to remember that you are only going to be offered a Caesarian procedure if it is considered necessary for your health and if it is safe for your baby.

Whether your Caesarean is planned or carried out as an emergency procedure it's important to understand why it is being done
Whether your Caesarean is planned or carried out as an emergency procedure it's important to understand why it is being done

Caesarian Is A Major Abdominal Surgery

It is important to realize that when you have a Caesarian section you are having a major abdominal surgery. A Caesarian birth puts greater demands on your body and its recovery than if you had a vaginal delivery however all your pain will be managed in hospital. There are a few things that will help relieve discomfort such as a maternity belt to support your scar which you may want to include in the hospital bag. Your stay in the hospital will be a few days longer than if you have a straightforward vaginal birth so you may want to take this into account when you are packing for your hospital stay. If you plan to breastfeed there are special breastfeeding physicians that will make feeding easier for you. Find out about these before the delivery as this could be helpful. Get useful tips from other parents to make your stay in a hospital a more passive experience.

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Getting Back Into Shape

All new mothers have to learn to adjust with their newborn and at the same time recover from major abdominal surgery. It can take up to six months before your incision fully levels out even after it has healed. You can expect to feel some numbness in the area until your nerves have a chance to regenerate which could take three months after the delivery try to rest as much as possible during the first few weeks at home. The longer you allow yourself during the initial recovery the faster your recuperation will be. It will take time for your abdominal muscles to regain their strength and flexibility. Gentle exercise is important in order to facilitate healing of the muscles. Although you probably will not feel that you want to exercise immediately after the birth it will be helpful to get up and start moving around as soon as the effects of anesthetic have worn out. Find some simple exercises you can do while lying in bed to help you become stronger and eventually achieve a little more each day.

A Caesarian birth puts greater demands on your body and its recovery than if you had a vaginal delivery.
A Caesarian birth puts greater demands on your body and its recovery than if you had a vaginal delivery.

Emotional Adjustments After Surgery

Emotional adjustment after surgery is accompanied by strong emotions and this is particularly so with a caesarian birth. Anger and guilt are commonly experienced. Some new mother’s wish they had a more active part in the delivery experiences or if that decision for the child's delivery had been made earlier. It is important to remember that all of these feelings whether positive or negative are entirely natural. If you are troubled in any way you may find it helpful to discuss your feelings with the medical staff so they can give you some valuable information that will enhance your understanding and acceptance of your delivery experience.

Occasionally it becomes obvious during labor that a Caesarian is necessary when a vaginal delivery is not possible. A true emergency Caesarian section is carried out only when there is serious complication even in an emergency situation you and your birth partner should be given a brief explanation of why the operation is considered necessary.

A true emergency Caesarian section is carried out only when there is serious complication even in an emergency situation you and your birth partner should be given a brief explanation of why the operation is considered necessary.
A true emergency Caesarian section is carried out only when there is serious complication even in an emergency situation you and your birth partner should be given a brief explanation of why the operation is considered necessary.

Understanding Caesarian And Why It Is Being Done

Whether your Caesarian is planned or carried out as an emergency procedure it is important to understand why it is being done. Knowing what will happen to you and your baby will make the whole experience less stressful. You are likely to feel a lot of discomfort in the days after the operation it is really important that you get out of bed and start working on your mobility. Finding a comfortable breastfeeding position will help nursing your baby a pleasurable experience that will help you care for your newborn.

Elective Caesarian

Elective Cesarian section is decided before you actually go into labor. There are several reasons why you need to have one and it is important to understand why your doctor considers it if necessary. Discuss all the implications so that you are fully prepared for it. The most common reason for an elective Caesarian is a previous Caesarian birth. Many doctors have concerned a vaginal birth after a Caesarian maybe too risky for the baby particularly if it takes place in a small local hospital. Mothers who have had a previous Caesarian birth most likely had a difficult labor and was unable to give a vaginal delivery in the first place. The plans for a caesarean birth may be suggested if you are carrying more than one baby or if your baby is considered to be too big to fit easily through your pelvis or if he is lying in the wrong position in the uterus. Sometimes a baby or a mother has a physical anomaly or injury that may be made worse by a vaginal delivery or if there is an existing vaginal or herpes infection which could infect the baby if he was born through the vagina.

Reasons For An Unplanned Caesarian

Once labor has begun and labor does not progress or if the baby's head does not move down into the pelvis both the mother and the baby can become too exhausted to proceed with the vaginal birth. It may also be done if the baby's heartbeat shows he is not coping well with the contractions. When the placenta starts to become detached from the wall there is a risk of serious hemorrhage, therefore, an immediate emergency caesarean is required. Whether it is elected or an emergency Caesarian operation is essentially the same. Your doctor should explain how the operation will be done and answer any questions you may have before the operation. You will be asked not to eat or drink anything for at least eight hours before the operation. You will probably be admitted to the hospital at least two hours before surgery. Your health and pregnancy history will be noted and you will be asked to provide the urine sample. Your blood pressure and temperature will be monitored and a doctor or a midwife will listen to your baby's heartbeat. And intravenous infusion will be started to keep you hydrated.

Caesarian Delivery

Once your incision is closed you and your baby will be taken to a recovery room where you will be monitored and you will be encouraged to breastfeed. Usually, you will spend between one to four hours in the recovery room before being taken to your room. The staff will keep a careful watch for the first twelve to twenty-four hours on your condition and your pain relief. It is important to speed up your recovery after surgery you will be taken into the post-operative recovery room where you will remain for one to four hours depending on the type of anesthesia you have had. If you had an epidural spinal block you will remain in the recovery room until all feelings have returned to the lower half of your body and you are able to wiggle your legs. If you had a general anesthetic you will stay in the recovery room until you are fully alert. The most common complications are severe headaches and some have complained about back pain. A general anesthetic may leave your throat dry and you may experience nausea and vomiting. If the anesthetic contained morphine you also may experience some itchiness all over your body.

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