Pregnancy 8) Cesarean Section
Most babies are delivered through the vagina. In some cases, however, a cesarean section, or c-section, must be performed.
During a cesarian section, the baby is removed from the uterus through an incision in the mother's abdomen and in the wall of the uterus. A cesarean delivery requires general anesthesia or spinal anesthesia. The procedure may be performed on an elective basis, or as an emergency.
Your doctor may recommend a c-section for one of the following:
- The mother has preeclampsia.
- Placenta previa
- Placental abruption
- Blood flow is poor through the placenta.
- The fetus is 2 weeks overdue.
- The head of the infant is too large to pass through the pelvis.
- The umbilical cord has passed through the cervix and into the vaginal canal.
- The cervix is dilating too slowly.
- The fetus is in distress.
- The mother has open sores on the vagina caused by genital herpes.
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