Some women undergo a planned C-section. In other cases, an emergency C-section is necessary. If you’ve had C-section surgery, you could benefit from the expertise of Oluwayeni Abraham, PT, DPT, and Josephine Duncan, PT, at Triggered Physical Therapy in Arlington, Texas. They offer advanced physical therapy treatments to optimize your C-section recovery, building strength and preventing damage to the healing tissues. Call to find out more or book an appointment online today.
A C-section, or cesarean section, is a surgical procedure for delivering a baby when vaginal birth isn’t possible. To perform a C-section, your OB/GYN makes an incision in your abdomen and uterus to remove the baby.
Possible reasons for a planned C-section include:
CPD means the baby’s body or head is too large to go through your pelvis, or your pelvis is too small for your baby to pass through safely.
Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is often possible, but it depends on the type of surgery you had and whether there’s a risk of uterine rupture.
If you’re expecting more than one baby, you might require a C-section.
Placenta previa is a condition where your placenta is too low and blocks the exit through your cervix.
If the baby lies across your uterus, C-section is essential.
Breech presentation means your baby is coming feet or bottom first. Sometimes it’s possible for your OB/GYN to turn the baby into a headfirst position, but if not you need a C-section.
An emergency C-section might be necessary if something goes wrong during vaginal delivery. For example, our cervix may fail to dilate fully, the umbilical cord may get trapped, or the placenta might separate from the uterine wall too soon.
Recovery after C-section is like getting better after any major surgery — it takes time and you may experience pain, discomfort, and weakness in the surgery site.
C-section recovery typically takes considerably longer than recovery after vaginal delivery, usually at least six weeks. However, unlike other surgeries, it’s difficult to rest and care for yourself so readily when you have a newborn to care for.
Triggered Physical Therapy specializes in using physical therapy techniques to assist you with C-section recovery. They offer prenatal assessments and your physical therapist can help you find the best ways to manage tasks like lifting your baby.
They also show you exercises that enable you to safely engage the core muscles in your abdomen.
Postpartum assessments normally take place 6-8 weeks after a C-section. Triggered Physical Therapy designs your C-section recovery program to suit your requirements and meet your goals.
With help, you can regain strength and fitness after a C-section. Find out more by calling Triggered Physical Therapy or booking an appointment online today.