C-Section Prep

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-05-2013
C-Section Prep
Thu, 10-17-2013 - 12:31pm

Hi all,

I'm currently expecting my first so I've obviously never had a c-section.  However, I'm a bit of a planner and I'm thinking about all angles of delivery.  Did you do anything to prep for your c-section or did it catch you completely off guard?  In hind sight, do you wish you had been more prepared?  Is there anything I should read and/or be aware of during my pregnancy to help get me ready in case a c-section is necessary?

Community Leader
Registered: 01-19-2008
Sat, 10-19-2013 - 12:38pm

I think the main thing is just being aware that it is a real possibility, and knowing what to expect for that.  I think most people just skip over those chapters in the pregnancy books they may read, or completely tune out when it's brought up in discussion, because they really assume it won't happen to them.  And they have this perfect birth plan in mind, that never included a c-section.

The way your c-section will go will depend on the reasons you are having it though, of course.   In certain emergency situations, you may be put to sleep and no one will be allowed in the O.R. for the delivery.   Most are not that extreme though, and you will still get to be awake for it and have a support person in the room with you.

If you have any specific questions about the process, I'd be happy to help answer it for you!  For me, my c-section went very well, and my recovery was great.  So, just know they aren't all bad, and you can still have a great birth experience even with a c-section.

GOOD LUCK!!  And CONGRATULATIONS!!!  Hope your pregnancy and delivery goes smooth and easy, and it ends with a beautiful, healthy, and happy baby & mom at the end!!