Actually, You Do Need To Prepare For A Repeat C-Section & Here's How

For women expecting to get a C-section, there are different questions and concerns that come to mind when thinking about giving birth. Although you can read up on C-section info and get answers from your doctor, some moms-to-be process things much better with an in-depth class. But what about moms who've already had a C-section? How can you prepare for a repeat C-section?

As far as surgeries go, you can breathe easy knowing C-sections are considered fairly safe. As with any operation, however, there are some potential risks. In an interview with Parents, Director of Surgical Obstretrics Dr. Daniela Carusi said bleeding, blood clots, and infection are the primary risks associated with C-sections. Although these aren't extremely common risks to fret over, having a class to stay prepared can help put your mind at ease.

When it comes to being prepared for a C-section, and more specifically a repeat C-section, you may have some additional questions. Concerns that go beyond the initial surgery and recovery are expected. The best way to address worries is to find out what may be different the second time around. According to Pregnancy and Baby, even if you know you're having a C-section, a general birth class is still helpful. With your second pregnancy, it's still very possible to experience things that didn't happen the first time. For example, you could go into labor early or you may be dealing with pregnancy-related complications, like high blood pressure or gestational diabetes. Even a general birth class can help you work through those issues and get your C-section concerns addressed.

Although it may be hard to find a specific birth class for a repeat C-section, there are still plenty of resources at hand for moms undergoing this procedure. Chiropractors who specialize in pediatric and prenatal care are often available for consultations specifically regarding repeat C-sections. It's also a good idea to reach out to your local hospital to ask what classes are available and which ones will cover your specific concerns. Even reaching out to moms in your community or friends who have been through multiple C-sections may help prepare you for what's to come and put your mind (somewhat) at ease.