Labor is the process through which a baby is delivered from a woman’s womb to the outside world. Stages of labor that pregnant women commonly experience include uterine contractions, dilation of the cervix and the rupturing of fetal membranes to release amniotic fluid, or ‘water breaking’.…
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What is a caesarean section?
A caesarean section, also known simply as a caesarean or C-section, is a surgical procedure used to deliver a baby via the abdomen.
What is an unplanned or emergency caesarean section?
A caesarean section may be required if: your labor is not progressing as planned - for example, if the contractions are too weak or your baby's heart rate is abnormal and indicating a problem; your baby is in a breech (bottom or …
Is it possible to request a caesarean section?
Yes, it is possible to request a caesarean section. This means you choose to have a caesarean section even when there are no specific medical risks identified by your obstetrician. You will need to understand the risks and benefits of this …
What are the risks of a caesarean section?
As a caesarean section involves anesthesia and major surgery, there are risks and complications associated with the procedure. Some potential risks include: a risk of injury to abdominal organs including the bladder and bowel; a risk of infections …
What are the benefits of a planned caesarean section?
A planned caesarean section can have advantages, including knowing exactly when your baby will be born, as well as avoiding some potential risks to your baby depending on your circumstances. It also minimizes injuries to pelvic floor …
How is a caesarean performed?
A caesarean operation involves a 10-15cm incision (cut) made either laterally ('bikini line') or vertically through the layers of skin, fat and muscle of the abdomen to reach your uterus. Before the operation, you will be given a regional anesthetic (usually …
How long is a caesarean section procedure?
A caesarean section usually takes about 30 to 40 minutes.
How long does it take to recover from a caesarean section?
Recovery time after a caesarean section can be up to six weeks. During this time you will be unable to lift anything heavier than your baby and will need to get as much rest as possible. Getting help from partners, relatives and …
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Author: Dr Nikki Wallis PhD, BSc
First answered: 27 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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