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C-Section Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Are you currently having any pain?
  • Have you had any problems with your incision, such as redness or tenderness?
  • Are you breastfeeding or bottle feeding your baby?
  • How much sleep are you getting on a daily basis?
  • Are you struggling with your emotions, feeling down, or lacking interest in caring for yourself or your baby?
  • What kind of birth control do you want to use when you resume sex?
  • How many times have you been pregnant? Any delivery problems in the past?
  • How many children do you have?
  • Have you had a C-section in the past? How many?
  • If it's determined to be safe, do you want to try labor and a vaginal delivery first?
  • What medical conditions and allergies do you have?
  • Why are you considering a C-section?
  • Why are you recommending a C-section delivery?
  • What are the risks for me and my baby with a vaginal vs a C-section delivery?
  • Are there benefits to waiting for labor to begin naturally?
  • What kind of anesthesia will I have?
  • What kind of incision will I have?
  • Who can be in the operating room with me during the C-section?
  • What restrictions should I follow after a C-section? For how long?
  • How does a C-section affect my maternity leave and when I can expect to return to work?
  • How can I best care for my incision and minimize my scar's appearance?
  • How long should I wait to resume sexual activity?
  • How long should I wait to become pregnant again?
  • Will I be able to deliver vaginally with future pregnancies?
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C-Section
Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 7
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. C-Section. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/c-section/about/pac-20393655 
  2. Cesarean Birth. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Cesarean-Birth
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