Choosing a delivery method is one of the toughest decisions an expecting mother will make. While natural childbirth is always ideal, there are some cases where a C-section is necessary. The expert team of OB/GYN physicians at Capital Women’s Care know what an important decision this is, and they’ve been helping the women of Leesburg and Sterling, Virginia and surrounding areas, deliver healthy babies for years. Schedule an appointment today and begin preparing for one of the biggest adventures of your life: motherhood.
C Sections Q&A
What is a C-section?
A cesarean section, or C-section, is a method of delivery where a baby is birthed through an incision made in the mother’s lower abdomen. While it is somewhat riskier for the mother, it is safe for the baby (or babies), and sometimes life-saving. While we always try to let mother nature do her work the way it was intended, we are prepared to intervene to allow families to bring home a healthy mother and baby after delivery.
When you have never given birth via a C-section, even if you have given birth vaginally before, this is called a “primary cesarean section.” When you opt to have another C-section after you’ve already had one in a previous birth, this is called an “elective repeat cesarean section.” If you want to try to have a vaginal birth after C-section, this is called a Trial of Labor or VBAC.
When should I consider a C-section?
While Capital Women’s Care discourages primary C-sections, there are some cases where there is a sound medical reason to consider this procedure. These might include:
- Delivering twins — A C-section is often advisable if you’re pregnant with twins.
- Breech presentation — This is when a baby needs to be delivered feet or bottom first instead of headfirst.
- Herpes — If you have an active herpes outbreak at the time of delivery, it’s possible you can infect the baby if you deliver vaginally.
- Cephalopelvic disproportion — This is when a baby’s head or torso is too big to fit through a mother’s pelvis.
- Fetal distress — This happens when a baby is not receiving enough oxygen during the delivery process.
- Failure to progress — This is when labor if prolonged, ineffective and unresponsive to medical intervention.
Other complications with pregnancy or delivery might require that you have an emergency cesarean section. While this is less common, it is good to be prepared for anything when it comes to the best interests of you and your baby.
Even if you don’t plan on having a C-section, it’s important to understand what a C-section will involve, what the risks are, and what your recovery will be like. That way, if you need one, you’ll know what to expect.
What is recovery like?
When it comes to recovery from a C-section, every woman is different. The challenges will also be different than the ones you experienced if you’ve ever given vaginal birth.
You will most likely return home after two to three days, and you can manage pain with medication, walking, and rest. Your physician will monitor you to make sure there are no signs of infection at your incision site.
If you’re considering a C-section or have questions for the team at Capital Women’s Care, book an appointment to speak with a qualified physician today.