A Cesarean section, or C-section, is a surgical procedure that is performed to deliver a baby through the abdomen. C-sections are sometimes needed due to emergency factors that make it unsafe for the mother and/or baby to deliver vaginally. They can also be pre-planned and scheduled ahead of time.
If you have a C-section planned, follow these tips on how to prepare for your Cesarean delivery:
Research the Procedure
You do not want any unnecessary stress of the unknown when giving birth. Read all you can about what is involved with a C-section and exactly how one is performed. It can help put your mind at ease to know what will be happening to your body and baby during each step. Ask your doctor any questions you may still have regarding exactly what will transpire.
Get Your Bags Packed
Having a C-section means you will have a slightly longer hospital stay and you may be in the hospital for three to five days after the birth of your baby. You will need to make sure you have enough changes of clothes on hand. Be sure to pack comfortable clothes that are loose fitting in the abdominal area. You will also want them to be easy to get in and out of. Bring cozy socks, slippers, a sweater and a robe as well. Pack your favorite toiletries to have on hand to pamper yourself with in the days following your C-section.
Follow Hospital Instructions
They can vary from hospital to hospital, but there are some general preoperational directions that most will need to follow. Before the day of the scheduled C-section, you will probably need to have some lab work done to make sure you are medically able to undergo the procedure. You will most likely meet with your anesthesiologist to learn about your anesthesia options. You will also be asked not to eat or drink anything for at least eight to twelve hours before your C-section.
It can be comforting to know that you prepared yourself to the best of your ability. Education and clear communication with your doctor can allow you to relax and enjoy the successful birth of your child through means of a C-section.