Feeling nervous about your scheduled C-section? While you’re excited to meet your new baby, you can’t help but feel jittery about undergoing this major surgery.
Every year, 25 to 35 per cent of babies in Singapore are delivered by caesarean section, says Dr Goh Shen Li, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in S L Goh Women’s Clinic at Mount Alvernia Medical Centre D.
It is a major operation, which can be performed under general anaesthesia (where you are completely unconscious during the whole procedure) or regional anaesthesia (where only the lower half of your body is numb).
With regional anaesthesia, you’ll be awake during the surgery and won’t feel pain; you can probably hold your baby right away, too.
Compared to mums who’ve had vaginal births, your hospital stay will usually last a day longer.
While you lie in bed recovering, try to exercise your lower legs to reduce the risk of blood clots developing in your legs.
Depending on your condition, you may be given antibiotics to lower the risk of infection.
Most C-section mums experience tenderness around the incision.
If your gynae prescribes painkillers to help, you’ll probably be able to get out of bed and move around within a day or two after giving birth.
Take it easy and avoid strenuous activities; the pain will subside after about two weeks.
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