5 Tips Every Woman Should Know About C-Sections


In most cases, cesarean sections (c-sections) are not typically planned. You generally won’t find out you need to have one until either shortly before you deliver or during an emergency situation. Recently, a friend of mine had to have an emergency c-section and I realized just how much the traumatic experience could have been avoided by learning and preparing with these c-sections tips.

  1. Don’t Freak About the Shakes.

During your recovery, don’t be shocked if you experience shaking. It can occur in small, localized areas or throughout the entire body. If you are unprepared it can be scary. However, it is nothing to worry about and is just a side effect of the anesthesia.

  1. Don’t Stress About It.

Many women can be self conscious about having scars. However, I personally think c-section scars shouldn’t be viewed as something ugly, but as a badge of honor. It is proof you carried a baby, dealt with all the expectations and side effects of pregnancy, and then to top it all off, had major surgery.

  1. Don’t Look Behind the Sheet.

Your significant other may want to watch as your child is brought into the world. However, it is essential to remind them c-sections are very different than vaginal births. When you look beyond the sheet, you will see more than just the baby. If your partner cannot stand blood, or the possibility of seeing internal organs; DO NOT look behind the sheet.

  1. Talk to Your Doctor.

There are a variety of details you want to discuss once you find out you are having a c-section. Make sure to discuss the type of incision they are doing (horizontal or vertical), as well as what type of suturing they will use. Remember, these decisions you make can also determine options for future births. For instance, double layer suturing is typically used for those wanting to try for a VBAC (or vaginal birth after cesarean).

  1. Accept Help When It’s Offered.

C-sections require a longer and more painful recovery process. After coming home from the hospital, doing many of the small things, like going up and down stairs, will just cause more pain. If people are kin enough to offer to help you out, take them up on it. You’ll be glad you did.

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