Elective C Section: What You Need to Know

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Elective C Section: What You Need to Know

After 39 weeks of pregnancy if a delivery is planned ahead of time it is termed an elective caesarean. A caesarean delivery because of a medical condition does not qualify as an elective caesarean.

If you are planning for a caesarean delivery by choice here are some aspects of a Caesarean delivery that you should know about the decision you are about to take:

Elective C-Section benefits

  • You can plan the date and day you want to bring your baby into this world and that could feel empowering. It also lets you plan a lot of stuff ahead.
  • You do not have to worry about when labour pain will set in, will you know the difference between false labour and actual labour or if you will truly know that your water broke, etc. so for sure it is less stress
  • The risk of sexual dysfunction postpartum is reduced
  • There is a reduced risk of oxygen deprivation in the baby during delivery
  • Trauma can be caused to the baby when you push her through the birth canal or if vacuum/ forceps are used in extraction (possibilities in a vaginal delivery.) The risk here is reduced.

Elective C-section Risks

  • It is not always that the due date calculation is 100% accurate. Any error in the calculation could mean your baby is born pre-term
  • An increased risk of complications due to the use of anaesthesia
  • The mother’s bowels and/or bladder have a risk of being damaged
  • You could end up needing blood transfusion if there is excessive loss in maternal blood during the surgery.
  • Increased risk of infection and blood clots for you
  • Additional chances of experiencing postpartum depression
  • Decreased bowel function for some time post surgery
  • More expensive
  • Longer stay at the hospital and longer road to recovery
  • The baby could develop breathing related issues

As the expectant mother, understand all associated benefits and risks before going in for an elective caesarean.

Elective c-section recovery

It typically takes about six weeks for your incision to heal. While during this critical time, you might be able to look after yourself and the baby, you should try taking it easy and not overdo things..

It’s sensible at this time to avoid strenuous exercise, lifting heavy loads and engaging in tasks that are painful Some of these include sweeping, mopping and vacuuming.

Many women choose not to drive for at least 6 weeks post a c-section. Other than the above precautions you will also need to clean and dry the wound daily, wear loose clothing for comfort, and you may need painkillers to cope with discomfort.