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A 29-year-old female asked:

Please help.will undergo my 2nd c-section nextweek.had my 1st 6 years ago.but im more nervous this time. any advise to stay calm and relax?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lois Copeland
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Exercises, not drugs: I would suggest breathing and perhaps other exercises; as a pregnant individual, i would not suggest the use of anti anxiety drugs. Hypnosis might help as well: one does not want to expose a fetus to any drugs which are not absolutely necessary: anxiety might be controlled through exercise or other physical means to result in relaxation, .
Dr. Karen Dantin
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Many options: Hypnisis, lavender oils/soaps, magnesium supplements, music- many options. See what works for you.
Dr. Andrew Blazar
Obstetrics and Gynecology 62 years experience
Usually goes well: A 2nd c-section at or near term and prior to labor and after a good pregnancy almost always goes smoothly.
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 47 years experience
Cesarean section: Well, get a good night's sleep prior to your scheduled operation. Sometimes your doctor may recommend a sleep med for that night. Speak with the anesthesiologist as soon as you can regarding your anxiety. That will help them take care of you.

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Last updated May 7, 2015

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