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Having an Elective C-section?

Having a planned section is completely different to planning for a vaginal birth. It's a whole different mind frame.
 

It's a whole different mind frame and there are different elements you need to prepare for, such as a longer recovery time. Sometimes a C-section is scheduled in advance, perhaps due to a multiple pregnancy or mom’s health concerns. This is called an elective C-section and gives mom-to-be time to mentally prepare. Other times, it is done in an emergency situation when something unforeseen happens or possible complications arise.

Why would I have an elective C-Section?

There are many reasons for having a planned section. You may require one if:

  • You've had one or more previous c-sections. Having a vaginal birth after a caesarian can significantly increase the risk that your uterus will rupture during a vaginal delivery
  • You have placenta previa
  • You're carrying more than one baby (Twins can sometimes be delivered vaginally, but most of the time higher-order multiples require a c-section)
  • Your baby is expected to be very large
  • Your baby is breech (bottom first) or transverse (sideways) position
  • Your baby has a known malformation or abnormality that would make a vaginal birth risky
One of our eumom members got in touch about her planned section on our Facebook page: I want to ask others moms about their experience of a planned c-section. I had my first baby after going through the whole labour except his heart rate went down significantly and an emergency section was planned. After much thought I have decided to opt for a planned c-section. Can other mams give their thoughts on it? Also is it normally at 39 weeks?
 

Some of our eumom moms came back with these great words of wisdom: "Elective, so dignified (as childbirth goes)... Had all the tracings blood tests done in a relaxed manner, chatting away to nurse, then they said theatre was ready for me, husband got into scrubs, we sat outside chatting and taking pics, then I was called in! All a fantastic experience as you're mentally prepared. As we drove in at 7.30 that morning,I reckoned I'd be called by 10, so I was so excited knowing that in approx 3 hours I'd meet the newest little love of my life. Best of luck to you!"

"Tip: get satin bed sheets and pjs cos it helps you 'slip' out of bed. Only discovered this on my 4th and now want to spread the news!"

"I had an emergency section with my first. A nightmare as I'm sure you know. I had a planned section with my second. It was a breeze in comparison. The theatre was very relaxed and I was mentally prepared for it. I'm having my third section in April and I'm not one bit worried after my experience with my second. The only downfall is the recovery time and it is bloody sore afterwards."

"I've had 3 elective c-sections and don't regret them for one minute, have 3 fantastic kids as a result. I had a back operation a good few years ago but my doctor couldn't guarantee my back would be OK if I went natural and quickly selected my date! I had first two sections with general aesthetic and the last with epidural. My first at 39 wks, and my two girls at 35 wks each. After last birth I left hospital after 4 days, surprised my doctor with my recuperation rate, sore yes, but knew what to expect and knew my limits."

"Had emergency c-section with my second and elective with my third, no comparison, elective so much easier and recovery way faster. They do elective at 39 weeks in CUMH. Best of luck."

"I had a planned section two weeks ago. It's way better. You know how everything is going to go... but I was very sore when I was walking in the hospital. It was like a burning at the sides. But when I came home, I just had to take it easy for a while. Now two weeks on, I can do most things. The hardest part is not being able to lift my 3 year old when he needs me."
Do you have any advice to add? Let us know in the comment.

About the Author

Editor, Writer, Content Creator, Aspiring Singer/Songwriter. Mairéad Cahalan is Content Manager for eumom. Passionate about women's rights, music, mental health and red wine. Most importantly, she is a doting auntie to three wonderful little munchkins and an avid fan of all things Disney. Find her on Twitter.

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