LETTER C- CAESAREAN SECTION CHILDBIRTH
Cesarean section or C-Section is an operation performed for childbirth. It is a surgical procedure whereby the baby is delivered through an incision on the abdominal & uterine wall rather than a vaginal route.
*When is it performed?
-This method is used when there is difficulty in childbirth through the vagina.
-When mother is carrying more than one baby like twins or triplets .
-The health of the baby is in danger and vaginal delivery hampers fetal heart rate.
-It could also be because of an deviated fetal position like Breach position.
-When the mother is physically unable to push the baby out of the uterus .
-Sometimes mother voluntarily opts for this if fear of life and pain tolerance troubles.
*How is it performed?
In a language simple to understand-
-First :Anesthesia is given – this numbs out the sensation.
General, epidural or spinal anesthesia is preferred .
-Second: An Incision is made- on the lower abdomen (Pfannenstiel incision commonly used). A cut is made through the uterus and amniotic sac.
-Third: The child is then removed from the opening. The umbilical cord is then cut and cleaned.
-Fourth: The next step involves cleaning the baby’s nose and mouth from all fluids.
-Fifth: Baby is then examined for proper breathing rate, heart rate and other vitals. Mother is also kept under observation.
*What are Points to note after C-section?
Longer recovery is associated with C-section, sometimes even several weeks. The stitches need time to heal and pelvic muscles which were stretched during pregnancy also require care for proper recovery.
*What are the Potential Problems faced Due To C-section?
-Risk of adhesion formation at the incision site .
-Risk of vascular complications .
-Pelvic floor dysfunction.
*What are the drug-free ways to solve these impairments?
Physiotherapy provides a complete solution to these issues without the use of drugs/medicines.
-Postnatal TENS and IR electrical modalities provide significant pain relief and help in the healing of the stitches respectively.
-Incision care techniques- Appropriate methods of turning, sitting and performing all everyday tasks that prevent tension on sutures.
-Appropriate Breathing instructions, the right method of coughing and huffing.
-Active leg exercises. Early ambulation
-Gentle abdominal exercise with incision support. Scar mobilization Techniques.
-Positioning instruction, massage, and supportive exercises.
-Posture instruction, particularly regarding child care
-Body mechanics instruction.
-Pelvic floor exercises. Education regarding risk factors and types of pelvic floor dysfunction.
-Muscle strengthening exercises.
*Suggested Activities for C-section patients:
-Ankle pumping activities &early ambulation to prevent venous stasis.
-Deep diaphragmatic breathing.
-Begin exercises that prevent respiratory and circulatory problems.
–Pelvic floor exercise protocol including Kegels.
-Abdominal exercises with slow progression.
-A complete assessment is a must before resuming vigorous exercises/ tasks. Generally takes up to 6-8 weeks.
The most important point is to celebrate childbirth and not worry about the method! However, if a C-section is performed then taking timely help will make the baby care period a pain-free and enjoyable one! After all the good health of both mother and child is of prime importance.
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