What is a cesarean section

If you are said to have a cesarean section, or simply c-section, you might not know what precisely to expect. C-section refers to the delivery of a baby through the surgical opening made on the mother’s abdominal area. While in some women a c-section gets scheduled well in advance, in some others it is opted when some or other unforeseen complication occurs during the delivery.

Mothers who give birth to their babies through c-sections are more likely to suffer from infections, excessive bleeding, blood clots and more postpartum pain. They will have to stay in the hospital for a comparatively longer period. The recovery period will also be longer. Though rare, injuries to the bladder or bowel also occur during the surgery in some cases.

Doctors go for a c-section in order to ensure the well-being of the mother, the baby, or both. Certain situations leave doctors with no other option other than c-section.   There are a few conditions that surely result in pre-planned c-section.

A woman who has already underwent one or more cesarean with a “classical” vertical uterine incision is sure to have all her subsequent deliveries in c-section. However, if you have had only one c-section before, that too with a horizontal incision, then you might make a  vaginal delivery next time.

A woman in whom myomectomy (refers to the surgical removal of fibroids) has been done is likely to have a c-section. Rarely are twins delivered vaginally. All the higher-order multiples will have to be taken out surgically.

If your baby is expected to be a bit large, then doctors will go for a c-section. Women who have a previous baby of the same size who suffered serious trauma during a vaginal birth are likely to be brought under c-section.

Doctors opt for cesarean delivery if the baby is coming out of the womb in breech (bottom first) or transverse (sideways) positions in order to avoid further complications.


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