How is the recovery from a cesarean section?

: Since a c-section is a surgery, your recovery will usually be longer than that of a vaginal birth. Your incision will be sore and most women will say that walking the first few times after birth is very painful. You will be given medications to help you with the pain of recovery. Remember that walking is actually a good thing as it speeds healing. The first few weeks rest and carry nothing heavier than the baby. After the few days, you will have any remaining stitches or staples removed. What is a cesarean section?: A cesarean section is also known as a c-section, which is sometimes also written as c/s. This type of birth is done by a surgical incision in the abdomen and uterus to allow a baby or babies to be born safely when a vaginal birth is not the safest route. The current cesarean rate in the United States is over 30%.

Cesarean Section: Giving Birth by C-section
By Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE, Guide

Bindusara (Born c. 320 BC, ruled: 298 - c.272 BC) , the second Mauryan emperor of India after Chandragupta Maurya the Great, is said to be first child born by surgery. Her mother, wife of Chandragupta Maurya, when she was pregnant and was about to deliver, accidentally consumed poison and died. Chanakya, the Chandragupta's teacher and advisor, made up his mind that the baby should survive. He cut open the belly of the queen and took out the baby, thus saving the baby's life. Pliny the Elder theorized that Julius Caesar's name came from an ancestor who was born by Caesarean section, but the truth of this is debated (see the article on the Etymology of the name of Julius Caesar). The Ancient Roman Caesarean section was first performed to remove a baby from the womb of a mother who died during childbirth. Caesar's mother, Aurelia, lived through childbirth and successfully gave birth to her son, ruling out the possibility that the Roman Dictator and General was born by Caesarean section. The Catalan saint Raymond Nonnatus (1204–1240), received his surname—from the Latin non natus ("not born")—because he was born by Caesarean section. His mother died while giving birth to him.[15] In 1316 the future Robert II of Scotland was delivered by Caesarean section—his mother, Marjorie Bruce, died. This may have been the inspiration for Macduff in Shakespeare's play Macbeth". (see below). Caesarean section usually resulted in the death of the mother; the first recorded incidence of a woman surviving a Caesarean section was in the 1580's, in Siegershausen, Switzerland: Jakob Nufer, a pig gelder, is supposed to have performed the operation on his wife after a prolonged labour[16]. For most of the time since the sixteenth century, the procedure had a high mortality rate. However, it was long considered an extreme measure, performed only when the mother was

already dead or considered to be beyond help. Key steps in reducing mortality were: • • • • • • Adherence to principles of asepsis.[clarification needed] Anesthesia advances. as did her son. and relates to the birth of Rostam. The introduction of uterine suturing by Max Sänger in 1882. Extraperitoneal CS and then moving to low transverse incision (Krönig.wikipedia.[17] The first successful Caesarean section to be performed in America took place in what was formerly Mason County Virginia (now Mason County West Virginia) in 1794. Antibiotics. Orlando Ruiz Ramírez. European travelers in the Great Lakes region of Africa during the 19th century observed Caesarean sections being performed on a regular basis. written around 1000 AD. The procedure was performed by Dr. In Great Britain and Ireland the mortality rate in 1865 was 85%. European observers concluded that they had been employed for some time. Inés Ramírez performed a caesarean section on herself and survived. 1912). and herbal mixtures were used to encourage healing. the free encyclopedia . Blood transfusion.[17] The expectant mother was normally anesthetized with alcohol.[18] On March 5. She is believed to be the only woman to have performed a successful Caesarean section on herself. An early account of Caesarean section in Iran is mentioned in the book of Shahnameh.[19][20] http://en. 2000. From the welldeveloped nature of the procedures From Wikipedia. Jesse Bennett on his wife Elizabeth. the national legendary hero of Iran.

(See "Anesthesia for cesarean delivery".4].Cesarean delivery: Postoperative issues INTRODUCTION This topic will review the postoperative care of women who have undergone cesarean delivery and discuss potential sequelae of this procedure. respectively. Preoperative and intraoperative issues are discussed separately.) POSTOPERATIVE CARE In the immediate postoperative period.) There is no evidence that routine urine culture or a trial of catheter clamping is useful before removal of the bladder catheter [1. and oliguria. although there are no data regarding the impact of various intraabdominal pressures on wound healing [5]. excessive vaginal or incisional bleeding. (See "Cesarean delivery: Preoperative issues" and "Cesarean delivery: Technique". which could be signs of intraabdominal bleeding or preeclampsia. Blood pressure is monitored to assess for hypo or hypertension. section on 'Postoperative analgesia'. the woman is monitored for evidence of uterine atony. lying on her side or a 'football hold' may be used. . These activities should probably be minimized in the first one to two weeks of wound healing. Heavy lifting and lifting from a squat position confer the greatest increases in intraabdominal pressure [3. The mother can be instructed in ways to hold her newborn to avoid contact with the incision. or a pillow may be placed over the incision and under the infant so the direct contact with the incision is minimized. Patient controlled opioid analgesia followed by oral nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs provide adequate pain relief for most women.2].

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