The Truth About C-Sections: 20 Crucial Facts

20 Crucial C-Section Facts Expectant Moms Need to Know

Whether you’re scheduled for a cesarean section or unexpectedly have to have one, having a C-section is a real possibility for every woman going into labor. According to the CDC, currently about 32 percent of babies in the U.S. are delivered via C-section, giving expectant moms a 1 in 3 chance of having to go that route. Although common, it’s still a surgery making it important to know your C-section facts about what’s in store during the procedure.

20 C-Section Facts You Should Know

1. You’ll Be Very Aware of Your Bowels
Since it’s often tough to push after a C-section, experts say pooping can be a major problem. “When you open up an abdomen for surgery, the bowels go to sleep for 12 to 24 hours,” explains Elaine Herer, deputy chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto to Today’s Parent. But don’t stress, drinking tons of water and moving around will help to keep your bowels awake, as well as taking stool softeners.

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