advertisement
Updated 19 November 2014

Common C-section concerns

A gynaecologist, answers typical questions about caesarian sections.

0

Most women have concerns about whether their baby would be alright and whether they may have done something which negatively affected their baby.

Dr Elizabeth van Wyk, gynaecologist, answers typical questions about caesarian sections.

Caesarian section

  • Will I feel something?
    If a spinal anaesthetic or epidural is not effective, general anaesthetic will be necessary.
  • Will I be incapacitated afterwards?
    You will have to spend the first day in bed but can move around from the second day.
  • Will I be in pain afterwards?
    You will experience pain for one week afterwards.
  • How long will I have to stay in hospital?
    Three to four days but complications could necessitate a longer stay.
  • Will it affect my ability to bond with my child?
    Many women are concerned about this because the baby isn’t given to the mother straight away. (The baby is taken away for check-ups by a paediatrician). There is no evidence that this impacts negatively on bonding.

(Ilse Pauw, Health24)

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

The debate continues »

Working out in the concrete jungle 7 top butt exercises for guys 10 things pole dancing can do for you

The running vs. walking debate

There are many different theories when it comes to the running vs. walking for health and weight loss.

Veganism a crime? »

Running the Comrades Marathon on a vegan diet Are vegans unnatural beasts? Can a vegan be really healthy?

Should it be a crime to raise a baby on vegan food?

After a number of cases of malnourishment in Italy, it may become a crime to feed children under 16 a vegan diet.