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"C" of Emotion


It's important to allow yourself to have these feelings, says Dana Sullivan, co-author of The Essential C-Section Guide (Broadway Books/Random House). Too often, women are advised to focus on the fact that their baby is healthy rather than to work through their emotions. This not only negates their feelings, but also can lead to intense guilt for simply having them.

Ab Exercise After C-Section


The ball is great for strengthening and toning the muscles of the back and abdomen. You can use it to support your legs while doing crunches or lie across it while doing leg lifts. It also helps with balance training, which is important as your body's center of gravity shifts back to normal after pregnancy. Just be sure to check with your doctor before beginning this or any exercise program.

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Early C-Sections Risky for Babies

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine is shining a light on the risky practice of scheduling Cesarean births too early, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Planned C-Section Risks

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.

Avoiding a Too-Big Baby

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.

Anxious Dad Ups C-Section Pain

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.