Why are Caesareans done?
There are few cesareans that are planned during the pregnancy and few are done in an emergency.
If you are going for a planned caesarean, your doctor will give you entire details and all necessary information to help you to make your decision. Before 38 weeks of pregnancy, a planned caesarean is not done. If there are any other health concerns for you or for your baby then the doctor may go for it.
- There are some reasons you may need a planned Caesarean include:
- If the placenta is over the cervix then your baby will not be able to be born vaginally.
- If baby’s head is not down, example if it is in the breech position, this way vaginal delivery is not recommended by the doctor.
- If you have delivered the last baby with Caesarean, because of any other reasons like if the baby is too big, the baby is in wrong position or cervix did not open properly during the birth. Then your doctor will ask you to go for this planned caesarean section.
- If your previous baby was delivered by Caesarean, you should tell your doctor regarding this and doctor can plan accordingly.
Emergency caesarean is generally done if the baby needs to be born quickly; sometimes it is not safe to wait until you have gone into labor. If the labor pain has some concern at the time of delivery or induction of labor is not advisable, or you may be in labor and there is some concern at the time for your health or the health of your baby.
What to bring to your scheduled C section?
Your caesarean section is booked, you now know how and when your baby will make his or her arrival since you will be spending a few extra days in the hospital following this routine surgery. Make sure you pack everything you need to make your recovery as easy as possible.
Things you need to carry
- Extra absorbency pads or absorbent disposable underwear; unfortunately post partum bleeding is a s common with c-section as it is with vaginal birth.
- Nursing bras, nursing pads, and nipple cream
- Toiletries, including hair elastics, lip balms, moisturizer.
- Facial cleansing cloths, dry shampoo, mouth wash and baby wipes, you won’t be able to shower for about 48 hours.
- Any paper work you have been asked to complete by the hospital and or for insurance
- High rise maternity underwear, ideally cotton, that won’t rub against your incision.
- High fiber snacks like granola bars, dried fruits to help with constipation, it is very common after c-section.
- Camera or video cameras phone and chargers
- Reusable water bottle.
- Lose comfy, clothing that won’t rub against your incision, high rise leggings track pants or dress.
- Slippers and socks
- Robe and nightgowns or pajamas that can unbutton for breastfeeding.
- Contact list for sharing your big news
- Extra phone charger cord and headphones
- Breast feeding pillow to support the baby while protecting your incision.
- Change for vending machines, or in case you can’t use your cell phone
- Music, books or magazines, games playing cards.
For your baby
- Going home outfit
- Approved infant car seat with the base properly installed in your vehicle.
- Several sleepers and one small dress, socks and a hat
- Comfortable blanket and several receiving blankets
- Package of new born size small diapers
- Package of unscented baby wipes
The most important things you need to know about cesareans
- You should know whether Caesareans are either elective or emergency
- C-sections may raise the risk of obesity
- A caesarean half your risk of stress incontinence
- Your next birth can be a vaginal delivery
- You could be home after 24 hours
- VBAC success increases with midwife-led care
- Scars have got smaller
- Take those vitamin D supplements
- It’s a myth that a caesarean prevents you from bonding
- Baby bugs differ
- You can breastfeed straight away
- You’re more likely to have an elective if you go private
- The likelihood of caesarean increases if you’re nervous
- The bigger you are, the more chance you’ll need one
- There’s now a ‘natural’ caesarean
- Silicone gel is your friend
- Massage may help
- Stand up straight
- Don’t listen to the haters