The recovery process after a cesarean section is often misunderstood, affecting both your mental and physical health.
Unforeseen circumstances and the necessity for a C-section are always a possibility. So even if a C-section isn't part of your original birth plan, it's essential to be informed just in case. Whether you're planning one or there's a possibility you might require a C-section due to a preexisting condition, a better understanding of the procedure may help you feel safer.
What happens to your body during a C-section?
The first thing to know is that a cesarean section is major abdominal surgery, explained Rachel Welch, postnatal fitness instructor and founder of Revolution Motherhood. During the surgery, you'll be awake, with the lower half of your body anesthetized. Performing a C-section requires severing all of the layers of tissue from your skin to your uterus.
The incision size and location are determined by various factors, including your anatomical structure and the baby's position. Since the goal of a cesarean section is to ensure a safe delivery for both you and your baby, this may mean more damage being