Undergoing a scheduled Cesarean section may have advantages, but one downside is a higher risk of re-hospitalization in the month following childbirth. Among every 1,000 women who delivered their first babies via planned C-section, 19 returned to the hospital, compared with fewer than eight per 1,000 first-time mothers who had vaginal deliveries, Boston University doctors found. Wound complications and infections were the major reasons.
Women should lose all the weight they gained during pregnancy before becoming pregnant again, say Missouri researchers. If moms don't drop the pregnancy pounds, or if they gain weight after the first baby, they double the risk their next baby will be too large, increasing their chances for a Cesarean section. "The ideal is to have their weight [at conception] as close to normal as possible," adds study author Robert Blaskiewicz, M.D., a professor at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
A man's worry about his partner's planned C-section may exacerbate her own anxiety and fear of the operation, increasing her post-surgical pain, according to a report from British researchers. And there's more than just a new mother's comfort at stake. Higher pain levels can slow recovery and may even compromise breastfeeding and bonding between mom and baby. Dads-to-be can ease their fear of the unknown by reading up on the procedure.