C-sections: The facts you need to know
It’s a routine procedure but there are things you may not be told…check out our must know list below.
C-sections: What you need to know
- Must know facts about C-sections
Having a C-section delivery is a very common procedure now and some even choose it. Of course we know there are benefits to having a C-section, such as it’s generally fairly quick, but it is worth remembering it is still a major operation and there are things you need to know.
We give you a few pointers of what you need to know to help you be fully prepared for a C-section.
1. Prepare yourself for the environment
You need to remember that you are having a major operation so it will take place in a cold, sterile operating theatre and all the staff will be wearing masks, can be quite daunting if you’re not prepared.
2. Don’t think you ‘won’t feel a thing’
Of course you will have a spinal block (epidural) before your C-section, but don’t be under the impression you won’t feel anything. You won’t feel pain, that’s true but you will feel enormous pressure when your baby is lifted out, and it is intense.
3. Prepare your other half
Think about where your other half will be during the op, if he doesn’t stay near your head behind the barrier, he is going to see a lot more of you than he bargained for!
4. Laughing, sneezing and coughing may never be the same again
The feeling you get in your scar when you laugh, sneeze or cough will force you to rethink the intensity you will allow these actions, and you may find yourself laughing ever so quietly and politely from now on!
5. Your scar will remain numb forever more
Chances are the skin around your scar will stay pretty numb for some time, if not forever. You may get some sensation but nothing like before your C-section.
Despite all this, C-sections are a relatively straight-forward procedure and many elect a C-section second time around, but being aware of what it is really like can help you prepare for what is to come, and obviously, which ever birth you have, you have your beautiful baby as the best reward ever.