I'm so jealous of my sister and Charli at our sister station in Green Bay they are both able to plan exactly when their babies are going to arrive while I sit here and wait for the surprise. They are both having a planned cesarean. I'm not sure what Charli's story is, but I know my sister's. When my sister was in labor with my nephew Hayden nearly 5 years ago they tried to make her deliver vaginally. Well that didn't work out so well. My sister is tiny and even though the baby was just over 7 pounds he was too big to fit through her pelvis. Finally after making her push for hours they decided to do an emergency C-section which freaked everyone including her out. When Hayden was delivered his poor little face was so swollen up and black and blue that they couldn't take his birth picture until the 3rd day and even then he still had two black eyes. So after that epic fail the doc told her they're going to schedule her C-section for 10 days before her due date so she doesn't go into labor. A planned C-section is still major surgery so not ideal, but so much less stressful than an emergency one.
There are a few reasons a woman could have a planned C-section.
- You've had one before or you've had another uterine surgery before that could put you at risk for your previous incision to rupture during vaginal delivery.
- If you are carrying more than one baby.
- Your baby is expected to be very large which is most common in diabetic mothers.
- Baby is breech instead of head down and can't be turned.
- Placenta previa which is when the placenta covers the cervix.
- Some sort of obstruction like a fibroid.
- Mom is HIV positive.
These are the reasons for an emergency C-section.
- Your cervix stops dilating or your baby stops moving down the birth canal.
- Baby's heartrate becomes a concern.
- The umbilical cord slips through the cervix before baby which could cut off the baby's oxygen supply.
- The placenta starts to pull away from the uterine wall before the baby is delivered cutting off the oxygen supply.
- You have a genital herpes outbreak when you go into labor or when your water breaks. A C-section will protect the baby from getting infected.
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