Birth & Recovery
Preterm and high-risk pregnancies have a much higher rate of caesarean section birth than unremarkable full term pregnancies. Depending on your condition and the gestation of your baby you may be able to birth your baby naturally on your own terms under close medical supervision. Unfortunately many high-risk pregnancies end in emergency caesarean sections because there is rapid deterioration of Mum or baby.
Depending on the gestation of your baby doctors may need to perform a classical caesarean section for the safety of both mother and baby. Where time allows doctors will use an epidural or spinal block to ensure Mum is conscious when her little one enters the world. Occasionally though time is so critical that Mum needs a general anaesthetic.
With a high-risk or preterm birth a neonatal team is always on standby to assess your baby on their arrival and take them to NICU or SCN if necessary. Where possible they will allow a quick cuddle or a kiss to babies forehead before they are whisked away. This will always depend on baby's condition as stabilising them as quickly as possible is always the top priority.
After a natural delivery your recovery should be relatively fast and trouble free. You will need to take it easy for a little while as your abdominal muscles need time to move back into place. Following a caesarean section you may experience a fair amount of pain. Usually a catheter will remain in place for 12 to 24 hours following your surgery. You will be discharged with pain medication, instructions not to lift heavy objects and you will be unable to drive until given the all clear at your six week check up.
Classical caesarean sections and caesarean sections where you have also had a tubal ligation can take longer to heal and you may be in more discomfort than those who have had a regular caesarean. Your pain levels should be under control before discharge from hospital.