What is a C-Section surgery?
- 1 Cesarean Section
- 1.1 What is a C-Section or Cesarean Section?
- 1.2 How long does C Section take?
- 1.3 Is Cesarean section a major surgery?
- 1.4 How long do you bleed after a C-section?
- 1.5 How long does it take for the uterus to contract to its original shape after a cesarean section?
- 1.6 How long does it take the stomach to shrink after the delivery?
- 1.7 Care and Precautions
- 1.8 When to call a doctor
What is a C-Section or Cesarean Section?
- A cesarean section or C-Section is delivery of a baby through a surgical incision in mother’s abdomen and uterus.
How long does C Section take?
- For emergency cases a C Section would take about 2 to 5 minutes. Whereas for a non-emergency case a C Section can take somewhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes which includes suturing of the incisions.
Is Cesarean section a major surgery?
- The baby is delivered through the mother’s abdomen. The babies delivered through cesarean section generally remains healthy. But cesarean section is a major surgery and is comparatively risky. Lots of care and attention is needed after the c-section surgery as the healing takes quite longer than with vaginal birth. The recovery period can go up to 3 to 4 months.
How long do you bleed after a C-section?
- The bleeding is high immediately after the surgery and remains heavy till 4-6 days. However, you would start experiencing noticeable change in discharge from 12 day onward. This could last for up to six weeks. Typically the bleeding lasts for about three to four weeks.
How long does it take for the uterus to contract to its original shape after a cesarean section?
- The uterus begins to contract soon after the birth. Within two weeks of birth it should weigh around 12 ounces. It takes about four to six weeks to come back to its original size of 3.5 ounces or less.
How long does it take the stomach to shrink after the delivery?
- The uterus begins to contract soon after the delivery. It would take about 6 to 10 weeks for the stomach to come back to its pre-pregnancy stage. However, the skin would take around 20 weeks or more to come back to its pre-pregnancy stage.
Care and Precautions
- Keep the incision clean and dry.
- Avoid lifting anything heavy beyond your baby.
- Use Hazel Witch pads.
When to call a doctor
Call your doctor if you notice inflammation, redness, tenderness or discharge from the area.