C-Section

For some mothers who may experience delivery issues, a cesarean delivery (C-section) is a safer alternative than vaginal birth. A C-section requires incisions made to the mother’s abdomen and uterus to deliver the baby.

Determining If a C-Section is Right For You

Your healthcare provider will suggest performing a C-section if the following occurs:

  • Failure to progress. The cervix, through contractions, may not open enough for the baby to move into the vagina. Or, your pelvic anatomy may not be conducive to vaginal delivery.
  • Multiple pregnancy. The likelihood of cesarean delivery increases with the number of babies, especially if the babies are born early or are not positioned correctly in the uterus.
  • Concern for the baby. Changes in the baby’s heartbeat can lead to cesarean delivery.
  • Maternal complications. Cesarean delivery may be suggested if you have a severe health problem, like a brain or heart condition.
  • Breech presentation. Your obstetrician will suggest a c-section if the baby is not head down.

A planned C-section is not recommended for first-time mothers, especially those who plan on having several children. According to the Mayo Clinic, women who have multiple C-sections have a higher risk of placental problems and heavy bleeding, which can lead to a hysterectomy or removal of the uterus.

What to Expect During A C-Section Procedure

Procedures will vary depending on the reason for your c-section, but generally, you can expect these steps:

  • Incisions to the abdomen and uterus. Your doctor will make a horizontal incision to your abdominal wall and a uterine incision along the lower part of the uterus. Your doctor may also make a vertical incision from below the navel to just above the pubic bone.
  • Delivery. Your doctor will deliver your baby through the incision and clean your baby of fluids in the mouth and nose. Your doctor will then clamp and cut the umbilical cord and remove the placenta. The incisions will be closed with sutures.

C-Section Recovery

Following your c-section procedure, you will remain in the hospital for a few days to rest and recover. Your healthcare providers will monitor your recovery, provide pain relief options, and keep an eye out for infection signs at your incision site.

 

You can begin breastfeeding once you’re ready. However, you should inform your healthcare team of your desire to do so. Your team will select the appropriate medications for you and your baby.

Going Home

As with any surgical procedure, it is essential to rest. Rest whenever possible, and avoid heavy lifting of any kind. Avoid sex for six weeks after your c-section. Your doctor will instruct you on the appropriate pain relief solutions for your incision, including pain relievers like Tylenol or Advil and heating pads.

Sylacauga Obstetrics & Gynecology Can Help You During Your C-Section in Sylacauga, AL

Since 2007, Sylacauga Obstetrics & Gynecology has been a leader in obstetrics and gynecology in the Southeast. We have delivered hundreds of babies via c-section and assisted mothers throughout the process.

 

Our qualified and experienced healthcare professionals provide high-quality, compassionate, and uncompromising care. We will be with you every step of the way, from the start of your pregnancy to your c-section procedure and recovery.

 

If you have any questions about the procedure or would like to schedule a c-section, contact Sylacauga Obstetrics and Gynecology.

For more information about c-sections and if they’re right for you, give us a call or email us at [email protected].