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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
What do I need to know about a C-section?
A C-section, or cesarean section, is abdominal surgery to deliver your baby.
How do I prepare for a C-section?
- Your obstetrician will talk to you about how to prepare for surgery. He or she may tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your surgery. He or she will tell you what medicines to take or not take on the day of your surgery.
- You may need tests to check for certain infections that can be passed to your baby. You may be given an antibiotic. This will help fight a bacterial infection you may have. It can also help prevent an infection during the C-section.
What will happen during a C-section?
You will usually be given spinal anesthesia to numb you from the surgery area down. You may still feel pressure or pushing during the C-section, but you should not feel any pain. Your obstetrician will usually make an incision across your lower abdomen. He or she will gently pull your baby out. Your incision will be closed with stitches or staples and covered with a bandage.
What will happen after a C-section?
- You will be taken to a room to rest for about an hour after you deliver.
- Do not get out of bed until your healthcare provider says it is okay.
- Call for a healthcare provider if you are holding your baby and start to feel tired. The provider can put him or her in a bassinet near you while you rest or sleep. This will help prevent an accidental drop or fall of your baby.
What are the risks of a C-section?
You may bleed more than expected or develop an infection. Your bladder or intestines may be injured during the procedure. You may get a blood clot in your leg. This may become life-threatening.
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