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)
Peter Dazeley/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images
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.
Yummy recipes, DIY projects, home decor, fashion and more curated by iVillage staffers.
The very dirty truth about fashion internships... DUN DUN @srslytheshow http://t.co/wfewf