Patient Basics: Cesarean Section | 2 Minute Medicine

If you’re nursing, don’t worry — the drugs won’t pass into your colostrum. Vaginal birth after previous cesarean delivery. She should check her doctor’s c-section rate to see if it is unnecessarily high. Consider recruiting help ahead of time for the weeks following the birth of your baby. This is just to remind you that you should start thinking and mentally preparing yourself for all the alternatives. You may find out you need to go through with a cesarean birth while you’re in labor which doesn’t leave a lot of time for asking detailed questions about the procedure.

Two major locations of uterine incisions are the lower uterine segment and the upper segment of the body of the uterus (classical incision). Although breastfeeding may also be a little painful at first, lying on your side to nurse or using the clutch (or football) hold can take the pressure off your abdomen. A good website link for this is provided by the Obstetric Anesthetists Association which is available on our patient links area. Canadian Institute for Health Information (2003). Accessed March 11, 2014. A major drawback of general anesthesia is that the procedure carries with it certain risks such as pulmonary aspiration and failed intubation.

While the cut on the skin does not matter, the cut on the uterus is very important. I still don’t. In some cases, pain medicine may be given through the epidural catheter until it is removed. The epidural catheter is used to keep constant levels of anesthetic medication in the space around the nerves. Or, if you have a high viral load, which often happens with HIV or hepatitis C, and the condition is not under control, you and your baby could be at harm during a vaginal delivery. Some of the complications that mothers face are hemorrhage, needing a transfusion, reactions to anesthesia, organ damage and in rare cases- death.


Don’t have more than one sexual relationship at a time. Where you plan to deliver. If you and your baby are both doing well, you’ll be discharged from the hospital in two to four days. Usually the number of outbreaks decreases after a few years. If you have a lot of outbreaks, you may take medicine every day to limit the number of outbreaks. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M.

Having a c-section may help prevent you from passing the herpes virus to your baby. In most cases, a “bikini cut” is used. If the c-section is planned or your doctor has a little more time, you’ll get a regional anesthetic (such as a spinal or an epidural) that numbs the lower half of your body but leaves you awake and alert. Sores, ulcers or blisters, especially in the vaginal area, may signify several different STIs. There’s a problem with the umbilical cord. What this means: a caesarean section may be needed to speed up the delivery.

Some people have outbreaks of itchy and painful blisters on the penis or around the opening of the vagina. In: Cunnigham FG, Leveno KL, Bloom SL, et al, eds. However, there is a small risk of uterine rupture, which can harm the mother and the baby. When was your last C-section? Discuss the benefits and risks of VBAC with your health care provider. Tubal ligation can be done immediately following caesarean section if the woman requested the procedure before labour began (during prenatal visits).

A labor that stalls or progresses very slowly. Only pregnant women with active herpes, says Dr. However, certain risks are higher after C-section than after vaginal delivery. Problems with the cervix or birth canal, such as an active genital herpes infection. If a complete or partial placenta previa has been diagnosed, a cesarean is usually necessary. It usually becomes active again from time to time, traveling back up to the skin and causing more sores.

If you mean for your wife, then yes, she can have tubal ligation during a c-section. The hope is that vaginal swabbing could restore the microbiomes of babies that miss out on the birth canal. But in some people, the infection causes occasional outbreaks of itchy and painful sores in the genital area. The umbilical cord is cut.