You are having your precious little bundle of joy! Congratulations! No matter how you wish to undergo childbirth, there is no harm in knowing what you need to know about preparation for cesarean section. There are so many things that need to be tackled, from reasons why a mother undergoes a cesarean section, medical equipment used for cesarean delivery, up to the recovery period.
Reasons for an elective cesarean childbirth
A lot of women think that to deliver their baby the natural way makes their pregnancy complete. But there are times when during the second or third trimester, the doctor would advise you that your baby needs to be delivered via cesarean section. Here are some of the situations why planned cesarean section is recommended.
- Your previous childbirth was via cesarean section.
- The fetal position is breech (toes or bottom first instead of the head) or transverse (lying sideways).
- Pregnancy complications like placenta previa (placenta covers the cervix where the baby passes through).
- Multiple pregnancies (twins, triplet, quadruplets, etc.) with the first one to come out in breech position.
Reasons for unplanned cesarean childbirth
While it is true that cesarean section may be decided upon before your bag of water (BOW) breaks, there are times that you are already on the labor room that a cesarean section is the best route for your baby to come out.
- Your cervix is not opening while you are having contractions.
- Your baby’s head is not coming down to the pelvic level where he has to be during labor.
- Your baby has shown signs of distress while you are still in labor
- Your blood pressure suddenly peaked, making it riskier to continue vaginal delivery for you and the baby.
Additional things you need to know before your cesarean section
Anesthesia. Because cesarean delivery is a surgical procedure, your doctor may opt to give you spinal, epidural, or general anesthesia depending on the condition you are in.
Incision. Your doctor can let you choose between a “bikini cut” (horizontal incision that makes a scar that can be covered by undergarment) or the traditional vertical cut. But for emergency cesarean section, the traditional cut is the most used route.