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Cesarean Delivery

The potential risks to the mothers health include infections in the uterus and nearby organs, double the blood loss as with vaginal birth, decreased bowel function in days following delivery, respiratory complications caused by the general anesthesia, and blood clots in the legs, pelvic organs, and lungs.

But chances are that you and your baby will both be just fine, and your only real suffering from c-section will be a longer hospital stay (an average of three to five days) and recovery time, perhaps as long as four to six weeks.

After surgery, you may feel nauseated or cold from the anesthesia, and pain around your incision. Do not be afraid to request pain medication, as it should not interfere with breastfeeding. And try to get out of bed eight to 24 hours after surgery (with your doctor's permission) in order to help your bowels move and to prevent blood clots.

Some experts worry that the interruption of the natural process of birth for a c-section destroys the special bonding moment for mother and child.But the second your baby is placed on your chest for the first time, you'll realize that there will be millions of bonding moments. The past nine months included a couple hundred. The day of delivery included a few more. The two of you have been part of each other and always will be. Surgery doesn't change that.

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