If existing health issues would put you or your baby at risk during vaginal delivery, the medical team at The Women's Specialists of Fayette in Fayetteville, Georgia, offers C-section services. You can expect compassionate, comprehensive care before, during, and after your surgery to ensure the health and wellness of you and your new baby. Learn more about the potential issues that may require a C-section by calling the office or booking a pregnancy consultation online today.
In most cases, a vaginal birth is a preferred method for giving birth. There are, however, certain circumstances that can lead to a C-section. Underlying health conditions, a breech baby or other conditions may give your doctor a reason for deciding that a C-section is a better option for you.
A Cesarean section, or C-section, is a surgical method of childbirth that may be necessary to protect your health and the health of your baby.
You may need a C-section if you’re unable to give birth vaginally due to existing risks. Your provider may also recommend a scheduled C-section for a number of reasons, such as:
If you have an illness, such as a sexually transmitted disease, your provider may recommend a C-section for the health and safety of your baby.
In some situations, an emergency C-section is necessary if you fail to deliver vaginally after a long labor, or it becomes necessary to get the baby out as soon as possible due to medical issues, like umbilical cord entanglements.
The Women’s Specialists of Fayette surgeon administers an anesthetic to numb you from the waist down to prevent pain. After making an incision in your abdomen to access your uterus, the surgeon delivers your baby.
Unless there’s an emergency, you can expect to hold your baby immediately after birth. The surgeon continues their work, evaluating your uterus and closing the incision with stitches.
In many cases, the entire process lasts up to an hour. It takes time for the anesthesia to wear off, so you’ll need to spend some time in recovery. The medical team provides additional medications to prevent infection and alleviate your pain.
If you have a C-section, you can expect to spend more time recovering in the hospital than you might after a vaginal delivery. You can expect to feel sore and tired for several days. Nausea and constipation are also common following a C-section.
While the medical staff can help care for you and your baby after surgery, you can also have a loved one stay to help as you recover.
Following your hospital discharge, it can take eight weeks or more to recover and feel like yourself again. The Women’s Specialists of Fayette medical team ensures you have what you need to aid in your recovery, including pain medications and resources to care for your stitches.
Because of your limitations after a C-section, you should also have help at home for your own post-surgery needs and the daily care of your new baby.