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Q&A: C-section procedure?

What exactly happens during a c-section?

Re: What exactly happens during a c-section?

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First, a nurse will prep you for the procedure. Your abdomen will be washed and possibly shaved, and you may be given medication to reduce stomach acid so that it doesn’t enter your lungs. You’ll receive an IV in your arm or hand, through which medications and fluids will reach you during the procedure. A tube called a catheter will be put in your bladder to empty it during surgery, lowering risk of injury. After the prep, you’ll be put under anesthesia.

Once you’re under, your doc will make either a vertical or horizontal (transverse) incision above your pubic hairline, going through your skin and abdomen. (The muscles can be moved, so don’t normally need to be cut.) Then, another incision-- again either vertical or transverse -- is made in your uterine wall. Because they are done on the lower, thinner part of the uterus and thus bleed less and heal better, transverse incisions are usually the first option. Some circumstances, ,such as a very preterm baby not yet in the head-down position, may necessitate a vertical incision, though.

Your baby is then simply delivered through these incisions, and then the umbilical cord is cut and the placenta is removed. Your uterus will be closed with dissolvable stitches, and more stitches or staples will close up your skin.

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists. Your pregnancy and birth. 4th ed. Washington, DC: ACOG; 2005.

Q&A: C-section procedure?

I was fully awake during my emergency c-section with my first son and my next c-section is schedualed of course but I will be fully awake again.

Futchmamaof2 |

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I was also awake for my c-section. I don't think they put you out unless it's an emergency procedure, not positive though. Planning on another c-section this time too.

mallarym |

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I was also a planned c-section and was fully awake during the whole procedure. It was very comforting to be able to hear everything that was going on around me and to hear the baby's first cry. I didn't feel a thing but it felt like forever before I was able to hold my baby. I am currently pregnant now with my third child and will have a scheduled c-section with this one as well. Even though I've had a c-section before and the recovery was ok, I'm still extremely nervous for the next one this July.

csackett01 |

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I am having a scheduled c-section in August due to health reasons. This is my first baby and first c-section and I have no idea what to expect! Any advice on recovery time, what to expect before, during and after. Just anything that you think a first time c-section person should know!

mamainseptember |

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I had a emergency C-section with my first one after 22 hours of labor! I was awake for the surgery, and everything went great. I just dont remember much of the recovery, I was really drugged up and this time with it being a planned C-section, it will be much different. I wont be so heavily sedated and wont be so rushed to the procedure room and whatnot. The only down fall is that they wont let you hold your baby right away (at least my hospital wont let you) the dad gets to hold the baby though right away and than you can have the baby snuggle by your face. I recovered well, but heard some nasty stories about infected incisions, but just take care of your self and you will do great. I think my procedure only took about 30-45 minutes and than the same for the recovery. Just have to stay a few more days in the hospital. Its amazing either way you give birth to your baby natural or not. I hated the fact that I couldnt do it natural, but it was out of my control and plus, with a diff. doctor that I have now, he said that my pelvis is too small anyways to deliver naturally. But I do want to add, dont want to scare you or anything, the post above me mentioned she didnt feel a thing....when they were pushing my baby down, they told me I would feel as lif someone was standing on me, and let me tell you..IT DID!! I just wanted to rip down the blue drape they put in front of you!! They had to hold my hands down....hurt so bad! But...pain is different from person to person and that might be also cause of my emergency C-section! Best of luck to you! You will do great and its all worth it in the end for the beautiful lil baby!!

kl2008 |

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If you can avoid getting a C-section, do it. Even though people have them all the time, it is major surgery and the more you have the higher your risk. My good friend had a C-section with her twins but the hospital doesn't allow v-backs. She had 3 home births after that and she said they were great and the care she had from her midwives was awesome. Of course not everyone can avoid them because of health issues to herself or baby but there may be another alternative. Plus, home births and maybe birthing center births can be much less expensive than hospital births. Of course I wouldn't make a choice like that just based on price, but it is a nice bonus.

rocket2japan |

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I had a emergency c-section with my first child @ 26wks. And I'm pregnant with my 4th child and having a planned c-section. I was sleep with the first one and awake for the last two.

raeneishia123 |

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I'm a planned c-section and I'm being put to sleep. I had back surgery and they can't do an epidural or a spinal so they have to knock me out. At least I'm prepared for it!

courtt0308 |

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i had an emergency csection because my son was in fetal distress 2 weeks early but i was fully awake the whole time. i didnt get to hear my son cry because he wasnt breathing! if i wouldn't of called up to the hospital and went up that day i probably wouldn't have my son today! i definitely plan on another csection with my next child if there is another! i hope so!

KimberLynnWarga |

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I had an emergency C-section with my DD after 28 hours of labor. I'm really surprised this Q&A doesn't delve more into the anesthesia. That was the most horrifying part for me. I hate needles. I finally got an epidural after 12.5 hours. I'm just wondering if with a planned c-section (I'm having one in 49 days!) if it will be an epidural or a spinal tap, because there is a big difference in the recovery times, so I've heard.

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The first comment pretty much explained it all except they don't put you to sleep unless necessary. Scary thought but its so wonderful to be able to hear your baby take their first breath and cry their first cry. Ive had 3 c-sections, first was the worse because it was an emergency and recovery was a couple of weeks, with the next 2 they were planned and I was out of bed the same day (lots of pain but I.was determined to be out of the hospital in 2 days) and out the door 2 days out of the hospital (not recommended but you have to do what you have to do). A little advice...DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP AND TAKE HELP WHEN OFFERED!!! C-sections are major abdominal surgeries and should not be taken lightly! I'm a stubborn person and that's why I did everything on my own but with this 4th one I will be catered to...lol good luck to all the c-sections mamas!

taily913 |

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I dont understand y everyone is being so negative towards my decision to have a C-section. I have always wanted one from the time I was a little girl. My mother had 3 and so did my grandmother. Their labor/birth stories are very sweet and peaceful memories, not horrifying disgusting war stories. I just have one comment: I am not insane for desiring a C-Section. If you have a choice to have ur belly cut or ur vag cut and u choose to have ur vag cut, then u are the insane one!!!

Jocelbug |

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'm just wondering if with a planned c-section (I'm having one in 49 days!) if it will be an epidural or a spinal tap, because there is a big difference in the recovery times, so I've heard. payday loans

markalister |

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A tube called a catheter will be put in your bladder to empty it during surgery, lowering risk of injury. After the prep, you’ll be put under anesthesia. cash advance lender

markalister |

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I am due to go in Monday Nov. 7th with my second child- this one is a possible c-section> they are going to try and turn him (*external version) b/c he has been breech for weeks now. If he does not turn then I am going to have to have a c-section and I am terrified! My first was a little darling girl and she was wonderful! I had her vag. with no problems- no tears, no cuts no nothing! My doctor is one to advise c-sections and people in my community says that he will opt for one b/c I guess he just likes doing them? IDK? But, I am still terrified b/c this would be my first surgery and I am a titty baby when it comes to pain! I have no close family and have a three year old and small dog to take care of after discharge! Does any one have any suggestions?

lyssa1mum |

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I am terrified that I will feel the procedure. My first delivery vaginally was horrific, and delivered her breached with the help of a few vacuum assists, with a 3rd degree tear and my tailbone dislodged, along with 24 hours of excruciating pain because epidurals did not work. No matter how many times they repositioned the epidural it, it was a joke, they gave me boosters which numbed for 10 mins maybe, then the pain came back like crazy. Finally they gave me a spinal tap to deliver her. I have told the new doctor I have that I am insisting on a c-section this time, (it was recommended for next time I was pregnant) and he says the epidural may still work. Hell no... not going back, spinal tap is my option for this time around, especially with a c-section. Wish my first was easy, but it wasn't. So opting in this time for the surgery.

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watson012 |

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I'm scheduled to have one in 5 weeks, very nervous. I was told I am able to have both my parents in there with me during the procedure since the father left as soon as i started showing. is there anything i should know about besides the obvious?

sallie002000 |

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I have Uterine Didelphys and will have to have a scheduled C-section (since I am so young and have such a high risk of complications). I really don't want one - I want to be able to hold my baby as soon as he or she is born! I'm only ten weeks pregnant, but I'm still stressing about it. How long is it before you get to hold your newborn?!

awesomepossum8889 |

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I was rushed into an emergency c-section almost 4 yrs ago with my son. I was put to sleep and would rather go that way again! It I have never had trouble with anesthesia or waking up. I hope I get to be put back to sleep with this baby! I sound so selfish but I can't stand having blood drawn let alone having something in my back!!!!! It didn't stop me an my son from bonding! He is my world my life my everything!! I thought he would be my only one for me but God had greater plans I guess.. Good luck to all u c-section moms!!!

Peteysmom |

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Jocelbug, I don't see a single post with anyone calling you crazy for wanting a C-Section, but you're just doing the exact same for people who would rather do it naturally. Some people would rather NOT be cut open and ripped apart and that's not crazy either. Despite your birth plan, no one here is crazy so stop acting like a child.

rckstr4lfe |

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I had a c section with my first child I was aware that I was having a csection from about six months. It was a totally unique experience I never had prior surgery a let alone stayed over night at a hospital. When I went into labor I had a doctor appointment that same day so I went into my appointment my doc told me I was 3 centimeters dilated go into labor and delivery! Of course I didn't I still had to go get last minute baby things so I did just that after about five hours I couldn't stand the pain I went into labor and delivery. I got there at about 10:30 pm the process was very calm filled out a few documents went into a room got changed out of my clothes IV started I later on the bed the nurse was moving pretty fast I'm like slow down in my head! She shaved the top part of my hair with a electric shaver I guess so the doc can see! She asked if I wants to walk or be wheeled I decided to walk I shouldn't had it was scary and gross me out to see all the tools that were going to be used on me. I sat on the operating table waited for the Anesthesia to come he gave me a single shot in my back I layers down and they cleaned my belly and began operating! I experienced a lot of pressure on my chest area it felt heavy I felt tugging but I am very petite so he was probable in my ribs somewhere! Overall healing was fine and scar isn't that bad it take about four to six months to look pretty normal it was itchy

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