How to Prepare for a C-Section: 17 Things Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know

One in three women end up delivering by c-section. Here's what all pregnant women need to know about how to prepare for a cesarean (18 Photos)

Dana Sullivan Kilroy on Mar 1, 2012 at 3:38PM

chime in now
 
17 Ways Every Pregnant Woman Can Prepare for a C-Section

Peter Dazeley/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images

a Dana Sullivan Kilroy on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:57PM

Most moms-to-be don't plan to have a c-section, but nearly a third of all babies born in the U.S. are delivered this way, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. "The odds of having a c-section are pretty high, but most women still don’t think it will happen to them," says Tara Poulin, founder of the childbirth education organization Birthing Gently and a doula who works only with women who have scheduled c-sections. Whether you know you'll be delivering by c-section or you want to be prepared just in case, here's what you can do ahead of time.

Do Your Homework
Even if you’re at low risk for a c-section birth, it's a good idea to know what to expect. "Many childbirth education classes barely touch on c-sections which leaves women unprepared for the experience," says Poulin. It's key to be prepared for this possibility, she says: Women who have an unexpected c-section are more likely to suffer from postpartum depression.

    Loading slides...
Best of the Web
Connect with Us
Follow Our Pins

Yummy recipes, DIY projects, home decor, fashion and more curated by iVillage staffers.

Follow Our Tweets

The very dirty truth about fashion internships... DUN DUN @srslytheshow http://t.co/wfewf

On Instagram

Behind-the-scenes pics from iVillage.