What happens after the delivery?

A cesarean section is a surgical procedure and may require a longer recovery than a vaginal delivery. However, women who have undergone a long, difficult labor—and delivered vaginally—may have a longer recovery than those undergoing a c-section. Depending on your condition, you will probably stay in the hospital from two to three days.

Once the anesthesia wears off, you will begin to feel the pain from the incisions. You might also experience gas pains and have trouble taking deep breaths. You will also have a vaginal discharge after the surgery due to the shedding of the uterine lining. The discharge, called lochia, will be red at first and then gradually change to yellow. Be sure to call your healthcare provider if you experience heavy bleeding or a foul odor from the vaginal discharge.

Can I have a baby vaginally after a cesarean delivery?

The majority of women who have had a cesarean delivery may be able to deliver vaginally in a future pregnancy. If you meet the following criteria, your chances of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) are greatly increased:

  • A low transverse incision was made into your uterus during your cesarean.
  • Your pelvis is not too small to accommodate a normal-sized baby.
  • You are not having a multiple pregnancy.
  • Your first cesarean was performed for breech presentation of the baby.

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