Caesarean delivery or a C-section – is a surgical delivery of a baby that involves an incision in the mother’s abdomen and the uterus. Typically, this surgery is performed if the doctor feels that it is safer for the mother and the baby than a natural vaginal delivery. Sometimes caesarean deliveries are also planned early in the pregnancy, but they’re most often performed when complications arise during labor. A C-section is becoming a more common delivery type worldwide of course when normal delivery is not possible, but it’s still a major surgery that carries some complications for both mother and child.
Recovering from a C-section takes a longer time as compared to vaginal or normal delivery. A vaginal delivery usually requires a hospital stay of 1-2 days and Caesarean delivery requires a hospital stay of 3-4 days. Once you have a C-section delivery, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all the future deliveries will be in a similar manner, unless one chooses to.
Post a Caesarean section, a mother may experience some discomfort in the abdomen for the initial days. But with proper medication and care, it may subside after a few days. They may need to avoid a few activities like driving and strenuous exercises and take it easy since this is the time that is crucial and emotionally important for both – mom and the baby. So, it is important to take care of both of them.
There are certain myths and cons also involved in C-section. Hence, it is important to talk to the doctor and clear all the doubts. Communicating with the family and doctor can ease the anxiety and help you sail through the process of C-section. So, be it a planned or emergency C-section, make sure you are comfortable and surrounded by a great team and family. It will make the process easier.