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Doctor insights on: Do All Overweight Women Require A C Section

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Will a c-section be more complicated if I am overweight?

Will a c-section be more complicated if I am overweight?

Yes: There are a few increased risks if you are overweight including a higher risk of infection and slower healing of the cesarean wound. To help yourself, you can work on eating a balanced diet and exercising before your c-section. ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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During evening, chasing son, heart rate drops to 60 or below. Chest pain, headaches, stomach pains. Overweight, 19 yrs old. C-section 2012. Cause?

During evening, chasing son, heart rate drops to 60 or below. Chest pain, headaches, stomach pains. Overweight, 19 yrs old. C-section 2012. Cause?

? endocrine: The combination of complaints does not suggest a coherent diagnosis. Perhaps something in your endocrine system. Sounds worthwhile seeing a doc and getting an exam and if indicated a workup... ...Read more

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I had csection in feb. Bloodtests in april Alt 54& 2wks latr 90 n 2 dys 105. All other liver tests clear but am overweight? Doc said ultrasound next.

I had csection in feb. Bloodtests in april Alt 54& 2wks latr 90 n 2 dys 105. All other liver tests clear but am overweight? Doc said ultrasound next.

Not normal: Your levels are not rising normally. Even though it may be too early to see anything on ultrasound, your doctor is checking the ultrasound to make sure you do not have an ectopic and the liver tests to see if so, whether he/she can give you methotrexate. ...Read more

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8wks pp I haven't felt it yet but a lot of women after c-section feel pulling pains even years after why? And will I feel pulling pains ?

8wks pp I haven't felt it yet but a lot of women after c-section feel pulling pains even years after why? And will I feel pulling pains ?

You may not feel it.: Some women after C-section forms adhesions (scar tissue) between the uterus and the abdominal wall. As the uterus returns to it's normal (smaller) size the scar tissue places tension on the abdominal wall by the incision and produces a ;pulling' pain. Most women do not form these 'severe' scar tissue and they do not get this pain. Therefore, you may not feel this pain. ...Read more

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How many stitches or staples does a typical C-section require?

How many stitches or staples does a typical C-section require?

Lots!: You won't see any of the stitches (sutures) used to close up your insides, eg uterus, bladder flap, etc. Even then, you may need several layers of stitches just to bring your skin & underlying tissue together - and you better not see any of these stitches! the only ones you're likely to see are the staples used to keep everything together superficially while you heal on the inside. ...Read more

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Which light sedative may be given for C-section to extremely nervous women?

Which light sedative may be given for C-section to extremely nervous women?

Yes: Although it is not preferred for a sedative to be given, if a mother is extremely nervous a small amount of sedative may be given. ...Read more

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What's the most-common surgery for reproductive-aged women besides c section?

What's the most-common surgery for reproductive-aged women besides c section?

Several: Myomectomy or removal of fibroids. Endometriosis surgery for pelvic pain or infertility. Hysterectomy in slightly older reproductive age women. Hysteroscopies for polyps, bleeding, and endometrial ablations. These represent the most common procedures today. ...Read more

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Does a surgery like a c-section which require cutting through a muscle effect the muscle strength?

Does a surgery like a c-section  which require cutting through a muscle effect the muscle  strength?

Muscles aren't cut: Most c-sections use pfannensteil incisions where the rectus muscles are divided in the midline, stretched to the sides & rarely cut. Therefore, once you've healed, strength can return to normal. If the muscle is cut, it's usually repaired and once it's healed (6-8 weeks) you can work on regaining normal muscle strength. ...Read more

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Is it ever necessary to argue with a 9 month pregnant women about having a c section?

Is it ever necessary to argue with a 9 month pregnant women about having a c section?

Argue?/Dicuss?: I don't have all the information but i think a discussion is a better word. There are reasons people need c/s's and it sounds like someone really feels you need one. If you have a very large baby and the chance of a shoulder dystocia is great, then the person wanting you to have the c/s may be concerned because liability.. ...Read more