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Cesarean Birth: 10 Things To Know About Caesarian Delivery

What Is Cesarean Birth?

Cesarian birth refers to the delivery of a baby by an obstetrician or an oby-gyn through surgery by making incisions on the pregnant woman's lower belly area or abdomen and womb or uterus. This surgical method of delivering babies is also known as Caesarean Section, or C-section for short. 
Cesarian Birth, also called Caesarian section or C-section

10 Reasons Why Some Women Have to Undergo Cesarean Section?

Here are some of the most common reasons why women have to go through C-section method of delivery instead of going through the normal delivery procedure:

  1.  The doctor has sufficient data and information to come up with a decision that having a Caesarean section method of delivery is safer for both the mother and the baby.
  2. The pregnant woman has medical history of having previous cesarean delivery.
  3. The pregnant woman has medical conditions that might significantly affect normal delivery.
  4. The mother is going to deliver twins or multiple deliveries.
  5. The pregnant woman has infection in her cervix or vagina.
  6. The pregnant woman has placenta previa, a condition where the placenta is covering the passage through the uterus for the baby's safe delivery. This condition can cause severe bleeding before and during the delivery of the baby.
  7. The mother has a hard time pushing the baby out of the birth canal and labor fails to progress normally.
  8. The baby has an abnormal fetal heart rate as monitored and measured using a Doppler ultrasound device.
  9. The baby is too big that it is hindered from getting out through normal delivery process.
  10. The baby is not in the right head-down position making it complicated to give birth using the mother's birth canal.
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10 Things To Know About Having Caesarean Delivery

1. Undergoing a Cesarean birth can happen to any pregnant woman who is due for labor or in the process of delivering a baby.

If you believe that you are pregnant, it is wise to visit your family doctor so he or she can recommend to you a list of qualified Obstetricians or Gynecologists that will ensure that every thing related to your pregnancy is taken cared of to the best of your interest. 

By undergoing pregnancy tests and procedures, these medical specialists can determine conditions or complications that might affect the normal delivery of the baby. They can also prescribe over-the-counter vitamins and supplements needed by both the mother and baby before the delivery time arrives. 

This pregnancy data and information gathered by trained medical professionals can help the mother to know beforehand whether she is going to have a normal delivery or a C-section so she is better equipped with the knowledge of what to expect on or before delivery. This also helps pregnant women to condition their mind and body both physically, emotionally, psychologically, financially, and spiritually. 

By being prepared, pregnant women can undergo through the Cesarean birth procedure with confidence and determination.

2. Undergoing a Caesarean delivery is done in a very speedy and efficient manner.

Once you go in for this operation procedure, the doctors and nurses will prepare the operating room in a very expeditious manner. You will not be able to see what is going on below your chest as they will block your view. They will not put you to sleep using sedation or anything as you will be fully awake during the operation. You will feel the doctor tugging at your belly but you will not feel any pain during this process. The baby is usually delivered within 15 to 20 minutes that you won't even realize that your baby is already out until the nurse shows the baby to you. 

After the procedure is done, they will transfer your bed to a quiet recovery room but you will feel very cold so the attending nurse with give you a cozy blanket that will keep you warm. They will also allow your husband to come tend to you.

3. Women who have undergone the Cesarean section surgery are advised not to take a bath for at least three (3) days.

After the C-section procedure has successfully been done, you will be advised to keep the wound dry and well-tended so it does not get infected. 

4. Having a C-section should not hinder you from breastfeeding your baby. 

As a mother who have just undergone a Caesarean delivery, it is understandable that you will be in some kind of pain but this discomfort should not hinder you from taking care and feeding your newborn baby. You have to be strong for the baby. 

5. Having a C-section should not hinder you from bonding with your baby. 

Bringing forth a beautiful child into the world is the most blessed experience that should be cherished and treasured. Do not let the pains of having a C-section affect your mood and feelings towards your newborn baby. Bond with your baby as much as you can. 

6. You will experience constipation from taking in the pain medicines like Tylenol 3 that is helping you cope up with the pain and discomfort. 

Eat plenty of fruits such as blueberries, raisins, and prunes as well as vegetables that are rich in fibers to help you deal with constipation from taking pain medicines. 

Drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated and do not forget to eat plenty of soup with lots of green leafy vegetables to help you in your fast recovery and aid lactating mothers like yourself to produce more milk for breastfeeding your baby.

My mom helped me with cooking while I was recovering from my Cesarean section procedure. She cooked this Nilagang Baka or Beef Broth Soup which is soft and tender beef meat boiled with plenty of vegetables like kale leaves and pechay leaves. She would also cook Tinolang Manok or Chicken Tinola which is chicken pieces boiled with spices, fresh ginger, and vegetables like chayote (sayote) and moringa (malunggay) leaves to help me produce more milk needed for breastfeeding.

7. The pain from the incision or cut from the Cesarean section procedure will be tolerable with prescribed over-the-counter pain medicines then the scar it leaves you will start feeling itchy even after healing. 

Do not hesitate to take the pain medicine that your doctor will prescribe as these will help you in dealing with your C-section pains and discomfort. It should be safe to take them even while breastfeeding your baby. 

It is better to take these pain relievers so you can focus your attention on taking care of the baby than dealing with the uncomfortable pain, discomfort, and irritability that goes with it. 

Then when your cut is fully healed, use this Sebo De Macho cream or Bio-Oil to help reduce the visibility of the scar. If your scar feels really itchy, do not scratch it but instead apply a topical ointment called Polysporin that relieves itchiness and allergies.

8. Request a Low Transverse Cesarean Section (LTCS) cut. 

These are two kinds of C-section cuts that you can choose from: 
  • Low Transverse Cesarean Section (LTCS) - an incision or cut that extends horizontally just by the lower belly area or very near your bikini line area. This is usually the most preferred kind by women as it hides the scar later on especially when you decide to wear a bikini to the beach. This kind of incision allows you to heal faster and better with minimum bleeding. It is also beneficial as it increases your chance for normal pregnancies in the future. 
  • Vertical Cesarean Section (VCS) - an incision or cut that extends from the navel to the lower belly. The scar it leaves is quite visible to the naked eye. 
However, the doctor will have the final decision of what C-section cut to follow depending on the condition of the mom and the baby.
9. Having a Cesarean birth is normal.

You do not need to fear having a Cesarean section in delivering your baby. It is not as horrible as you think or imagine it. The pain is tolerable and you will 100% survive and deal with it.

Experiencing having a C-section for the first time will surely bring you nervousness and anxiety, but I tell you that it is a common and necessary procedure for the safe delivery of babies into the world.

10. In the Philippines, undergoing a Cesarean section is very expensive.

For the Year 2019, the cost of undergoing C-section procedure varies from each region with an estimate of 80,000 PHP to 250,000 PHP. Most pregnant mothers expect to have normal vaginal birth but sometimes, this is not the case so be prepared as having a baby is not so easy. 

Having a Cesarian birth in the Philippines is hard on the budget and the cost is high but the thrill from the experience, the joy, and the happiness you share with your husband, family, and friends as you bring forth a baby into this beautiful world - that is what it is all about and it is definitely worth it. 

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