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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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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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When does a woman need a c-section?

When does a woman need a c-section?

C/S: A c-section is done when there are medical indications for the mother or the baby. ...Read more

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Why would catheters be needed for a woman who had a c-section?

Why would catheters be needed for a woman who had a c-section?

Everyone who has: A csection gets a catheter put in the baldder to drain urine as you do not want a full bladder to get in thw way as the bladder is right in front of the uterus and do not want to cut the bladder also assuming she has a spinal or epidural , will not be able to urinate until the meds wear off and do not want to ahae to get up right away so cath is left in bladder for about 24 hrs after then out. ...Read more

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C section slow healing will cause pain for months?then why should a female try for a baby?

C section slow healing will cause pain for months?then why should a female try for a baby?

Need more info: Have you had a C/S before? It is a major surgery with risks of infection, bleeding, injury to pelvic organs, blood clots in leg or lung, & anesthetic risks. The C/S rate is around 30% in the US, varies elsewhere. Most women recover without problem. Would need to know more about your history. If you have diabetes or history or previous wound infections you might take longer to heal. ...Read more

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What happens if a woman has 2 c-sections and then knows her third baby absolutely has to be c-section?

What happens if a woman has 2 c-sections and then knows her third baby absolutely has to be c-section?

A planned C-section: If someone has told you that you absolutely will need a C-section, it sounds like you will have a C-section. The doctors will do ultrasounds and determined when the baby is due, and will pick a date for the surgery. It's known as a planned C-section. If you go into labor before that date, go to the hospital sooner vs. later and a C-section will occur then. ...Read more

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Does a woman who had a c-section 5 years ago feel pain near the vaginal area when due with only 4 more weeks to go?

Does a woman who had a c-section 5 years ago feel pain near the vaginal area when due with only 4 more weeks to go?

Talk to your Dr.: "vaginal pain" is most likely just due to the baby dropping down low, especially if you are almost due. It could also be a sign of labor starting. It is unlikely to be any problem related to your prior c/s. If the pain is tolerable and more like "discomfort", try to rest. If you are contracting, leaking fluid, bleeding, or feel that the baby is not moving much, call your OB asap. ...Read more

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Why would a woman need to have a c-section?

Why would a woman need to have a c-section?

Many reasons: There are many reasons why women have c-sections. Some of them include failure to dilate/progress in labor, the baby's inability to tolerate labor, non-cephalic presentation, placenta previa, HIV or active herpes, or a previous myomectomy. Discuss your concerns with your doctor. ...Read more

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