A comprehensive preparation guide for a possible caesarean delivery
Normal vaginal delivery is the best form of childbirth. However, in many cases, owing to several factors, a woman might undergo a C-section either by choice or due to complications in childbirth. When due for delivery it is best to prepare for a possible C-section in advance, even if you are not sure. Take all necessary preparatory and precautionary steps to avoid confusion or discomfort, caused by a sudden c-section because of last minute complications.
Preparing for delivery
You should talk to your doctor about the anesthesia and other aspects of C-section. You can meet the anesthetist and can choose the type of anesthesia. Clarify any other doubt you have regarding the process, hospital formalities and your stay in the hospital.
Horizontal incision is the most common type of abdominal incision made during C-sectionIt is not true that a first C-section delivery leads to other deliveries requiring C-section, although the chances increase significantly
If C-section is a choice, make sure that you know about the side effects of the procedure and long term repercussions of the process so that you can alter your decision in time, in case you have a change of mind.
You can talk to the doctor about all the possible conditions after the process such as pain, feeling extremely emotional and exhaustion. In some cases, women tend to hallucinate. So, be prepared for every possible after effect of C-section.
Making necessary arrangements
It is also important to ensure that all arrangements and formalities required by the hospital are taken care of. Secondly, make sure that your packing is all done well in time. Prepare a baby bag and a mommy bag for your hospital stay. You might have to stay in the hospital for five days after delivery. So, pack accordingly. Keep nighties, sanitary pads, cotton roll, a mild moisturizer, handtowels, bathrobe, slippers and all other items of daily use.
As for preparing your body, do not forget to shave your pubic area. Before you head to the hospital, organize things at home so that you will not end up worrying about them. If you have a firstborn, make sure that all arrangements are made for his or her care. Although, you will have your husband and relatives to take care of things, being assured on your own can be a huge relief.
Just before the procedure
Before you are in for the delivery, make sure that you understand the procedure. Once you are taken into the delivery theatre, your abdomen is cleaned, your urine is collected by inserting a catheter into the bladder and medication and fluids are administered through an IV placed in the vein of your arm.
Medications might be given for stomach upset or to dry oral secretions during the process. BP, respiration rate and pulse are checked. Most of the C-sections are done under regional anesthesia or epidural anesthesia, where you will be awake and can see the baby as soon as it is extracted from the womb, although you will feel no pain during the process.
If complications arise, you will be given general anesthesia. In this case, you will be asleep all through the process until effects of anesthesia wear off.
Finally, keep in mind that if it is your first C-section or first childbirth, then no amount of reading books or gathering information about the process from other sources can prepare you for the magnanimity of the real process. So, emotional preparation is extremely important.