MomTalk.com August 25, 2019:   The women's magazine for moms about children, family, health, home, fashion, careers, marriage & more

MomTalk Most Popular Articles

Most Popular Articles

Sign Up for the MomTalk newsletter today!

Email Marketing by VerticalResponse

Instantly watch from thousands of TV episodes & movies streaming from Netflix. Try Netflix for FREE!

152403_Mar Coupon Code 125x125

Zazzle launches customizable Doodle Speakers

zulily: Daily deals for moms, babies and kids

126905_Shop Green Baby at Diapers.com + Free 2 Day Shipping on $49+

307728_Save Better - 125x125

What if I Need a C-Section?

By Dawn Goldstein, MD
Private Practice, Morristown, NJ

Every pregnant woman is concerned about the delivery of her baby. I am often asked the question "What if I need a c-section?" to which my typical response is: "Then you will have one!" This question is one that often remains until the end of the pregnancy. If you are pregnant, it is important to know that a c-section is always a possibility, and that if you need to have one, IT WILL BE OK!

What Determines Whether Or Not I Need A C-Section?
"C-section" is short for cesarean section, an operation performed to deliver the baby through a surgical incision in the abdomen instead of a vaginal or "natural" delivery. There are several indications that suggest a c-section may need to be performed. These include:

1. Malpresentation of the fetus: A situation where the fetus is not in the normal "head down" position is called a malpresentation, or more specifically a vertex or cephalic presentation, and a c-section is usually necessary. This is not always the case, however; certain abnormal presentations, such as the "frank breech" in which the baby's rear end comes first and the legs are completely extended, can potentially deliver vaginally. Your doctor may assess the size of your pelvis using a physical exam or an x-ray to help determine whether or not this will be possible in your case.
Jump to full text of this article here.

Categories: Pregnancy,

Tags: , , , , ,
New FeatureRelated Articles: Preparing for Delivery: The When and Why of C-sections, Labor and Delivery: What You Should Know About the Big Day,