An cut will be made in the belly and uterus. The baby will be delivered. The uterus will be closed with stitches that will dissolve on their own. Staples or stitches will be used to close the cut in the belly.
Immediately After Procedure
The baby will be examined.
How Long Will It Take?
About an hour
Will It Hurt?
Pain is common in the first week. Medicine and home care can help.
Average Hospital Stay
3 to 5 days
At the Hospital
Right after the procedure, the staff may:
Give you pain medicine
Place the baby on your chest to promote bonding
Teach you how to feed your baby without putting pressure on your incision
It will take about 6 weeks to fully heal with a gradual return to normal activity levels.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
Signs of infection, such as fever and chills
Excess bleeding, redness, swelling, increasing pain, or discharge from the incision
Pain that you cannot control with medicine
Swelling and pain in 1 or both legs
Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
Heavy vaginal bleeding
Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
New or worsening symptoms
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
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