The thought of having a Caesarian section (C-section) can be daunting and even a little bit scary. As C-section mums and inventors of C-Panty C-Section Recovery Underwear, we at UpSpring get lots of questions surrounding C-section deliveries from nervous mums-to-be.
Here are the top seven C-section-related questions we receive, and answers to these.
Common questions about C-sections answered
- During a C-section, do they really take out your uterus?
Yes. Some doctors will bring the uterus outside the body during a C-section, at least partially. Since the fallopian tubes are attached to the womb, they will come out too. “But WHY?”, you must be asking. The reasons1 are quite simple. First, the surgeon can better see and repair the cut made in the uterus when it is taken out of the abdominal cavity. Also, since the uterus is still contracting, it’s easier for the surgeon to handle it safely this way.
Another good reason to remove the uterus is so that the doctor can examine both it and the fallopian tubes to make sure they’re healthy. Think of it as the most thorough OB/GYN exam you will ever receive!
So that sore tummy after your C-section? It’s not so much from pushing if you pushed before delivery or from weak abdominal muscles. The tenderness is from the separation, movement and handling of the tissues between the uterus and abdomen during surgery. The soreness and recovery curve can last a while, and while you will feel a little less sore every day, recovery can take up to three months.2
- Do they really cut through seven layers of tissue during a C-section?
Yes. The seven layers3 are the skin; fat; rectus sheath (medical term for the coating outside the abs); the rectus (abs, which are split along the grain somewhat more than cut); the parietal peritoneum (first layer surrounding the organs); the loose peritoneum; and then the uterus, which is a very thick muscular layer.
So again, sore in the belly after a C-section? Feeling discouraged you don’t feel back to normal in three weeks? Remember that lots of work went on in there. Tissue healing is aggressive for three months but continues for six months to a year. Rest when you need it, get permission from your doctor for heavy physical activities and enjoy baby while giving yourself a mental break for not feeling like a million bucks right away.
- Am I the only one having a C-section?
Absolutely not. C-section deliveries are common around the world as they are in Singapore. In 2014, Singapore’s C-section rate was 37.4%, a statistic which has kept rising since then.4
- Is it true your uterus increases 500% in size during pregnancy?
Let’s just start with the uterus expands a lot in pregnancy. The average uterus (or womb) measures around 3 to 4 inches by 2.5 inches. It is roughly the size of a clenched fist. By the ninth month of pregnancy, the uterus increases in size5 by 1,000 times: the size of a watermelon or larger.5
- Why do I still bleed vaginally if I had a C-section?
The uterus still has remaining vascular activity after delivery. Once the incision is closed, the only way for remaining blood and discharge to get out is the natural way, through the vaginal opening. Just a word of caution, bleeding may be a little inconsistent, but if it is increasing over time (whether you had a vaginal or cesarean delivery), see your doctor.
- At least I won’t do #2 on the table, right? Does everyone really poop during labour?
Finally, something C-section mums get the better deal on! No pooping during delivery. And for vaginal birth mums, don’t worry if this did happen to you. We surveyed obstetricians and delivery nurses and they said it was no big deal and that they stopped noticing during residency. Bottom line – they don’t care so mums shouldn’t either.
- How long does a C-section last?
This depends on the situation. A regular C-section usually takes around 45 minutes. During this time, your baby is delivered and your uterus and incision in your belly are stitched up. However, in an emergency C-section where the mother’s or baby’s health might be at risk, the little one could be delivered in as little as 15 to 20 minutes.6
Having a C-Section? Get C-Panty C-Section Recovery Underwear
C-section mummies, after all that you’ve been through to finally cuddle your baby, we think you deserve a little extra support.
The C-Panty is a patented postpartum underwear that helps you with C-section recovery in the following ways:
- It provides targeted, comfortable and clinically determined compression that could help reduce swelling.
- The patented, built-in, 100% silicone panel protects your cut, and helps reduce irritation while minimizing scarring. This silicone is medical grade, meaning that it isa non-toxic synthetic polymer. It does not irritate or react to skin, body fluids, or other tissue and has been shown to be therapeutic for scar treatment.
- The support it provides means your mobility is improved and you may need less pain medication.
The best part is that the C-Panty can be worn immediately after a C-section and you can continue to wear it for up to 12 months if you like. Light and non-bulky, the C-Panty might be more comfortable to wear in Singapore’s hot weather than traditional binding wraps, too.
If you have any concerns, please contact your physician prior to wearing the C-Panty.
To read more about the C-Panty C-Section Recovery Underwear, click here.
- Cesarean Section. Stanford Children’s Health. Retrieved on June 14, 2021 from https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=cesarean-section-92-P07768
- C-Section Recovery. WebMD. Reviewed on September 21, 2020. Retrieved on June 15, 2021 from https://www.webmd.com/baby/recovery-after-c-section#1
- Cesarean Section. StatPearls. Updated on April 21, 2021. Retrieved on June 15, 2021 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK546707/
- Trends and predictors of cesarean birth in Singapore, 2005-2014: A population-based cohort study. Birth. Published in 2018. Retrieved on June 15, 2021 from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29453821/
- What Causes an Enlarged Uterus and How Is It Treated? Healthline. Last reviewed on September 19, 2017. Retrieved on June 15, 2021 from https://www.healthline.com/health/womens-health/enlarged-uterus
- Cesarean Birth (C-Section). Cleveland Clinic. Last reviewed on June 22, 2018. Retrieved on July 6, 2021 from https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/7246-cesarean-birth-c-section