When a C-Section may be recommended

 

Some women have a c-section if labor doesn't move along like it should. This can happen if:

  • Contractions (the tightening of the uterus that happens during labor) are not strong enough to get the baby out.
  • The baby is too big.
  • The mother's pelvis is too small.
  • The baby is in an odd position, such as sideways or chin-first.
  • If labor isn't progressing, your doctor or nurse might offer a medicine called oxytocin (Pitocin). This medicine should make your contractions stronger. If that doesn't help within a few hours, your doctor might suggest a c-section.

Risks of a C-section

 

Although most mothers and babies do well after a c-section, there are risks. Compared with a vaginal delivery, c-sections are more likely to cause:

Your doctor can help you decide if the risks of surgery are worth taking for you.

  • Harm to the bladder, blood vessels, intestines, and other nearby organs. Infection.
  • Infection.
  • Blood clots that can block blood vessels and cause trouble breathing.
  • Lost bonding time between mother and baby.
  • A longer time for the mother to heal after the birth.
  • Problems with the placenta and uterus in later pregnancies.
  • Trouble breathing for the newborn. This usually lasts for just a short time.

Your Doctor can help you decide if the risks of surgery are worth taking for you.