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    Cesarean Section

    Health    Cesarean Section
    Also called: C-section

    A Cesarean section (C-section) is surgery to deliver a baby. The baby is taken out through the mother's abdomen. In the United States, almost one in three women has their babies this way. Some C-sections are planned, but many are done when unexpected problems happen during delivery. Reasons for a C-section may include

    • Health problems in the mother
    • The mother carrying more than one baby
    • The size or position of the baby
    • The baby's health is in danger
    • Labor is not moving along as it should

    The surgery is relatively safe for mother and baby. Still, it is major surgery and carries risks. It also takes longer to recover from a C-section than from vaginal birth. It can raise the risk of having difficulties with future pregnancies. Some women may have problems attempting a vaginal birth later. Still, many women are able to have a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).

    NIH: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

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    A comprehensive search did not specifically state how to lose weight after a cesarean section. However, breastfeeding helps with weight loss after pregnancy. Exercising and eating many small meals throughout the day are recommended. Eat slowly, eat breakfast, and choose nonfat items. Limit sugary drinks, sugar, and trans/saturated fats. Fad diets are not recommended.
    
    References
    1. Losing weight after pregnancy. MedlinePlus. URL: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000586.htm Accessed May 28, 2018
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    It is important to take care of yourself and the incision after a Cesarean section (C-section) surgery. If you go home with a dressing or bandage, make sure you change the dressing at least once a day or sooner if it gets dirty or wet. Eventually, your provider will tell you to stop covering the wound and keep it clean by washing with mild soap and water (do not scrub). You may start showering if stitches, staples, or glue were used to close your incision. Do not soak in a bathtub or hot tub or go swimming until your provider says it is ok (usually at least 3 weeks). If steri-strips were used to close your incision, do not try to wash off the steri-strips or glue - showers are permissible and you should pat yourself dry. The steri-strips should fall off or be removable in about a week.
    
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    1. Going home after a C-section. MedlinePlus. URL: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000624.htm. Accessed May 20, 2018.
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    A Cesarean Section takes approximately an hour. A Cesarean Section is when a baby is delivered through a surgical incision in the mother's lower belly, instead of through the mother's vagina. The mother is typically awake throughout the procedure.
    
    References
    1. C-Section. MedlinePlus. URL: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002911.htm. Accessed March 18, 2018
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    This page was last updated on 8/07/2018.
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