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We all know that caesarian births are more likely with twins, so if you’re expecting, it’s normal to be wondering just what goes in a c-section with twins.
Read more about the chance of you having a twins c section vs natural birth, and how it’s going to affect your recovery and post birth struggles.
A caesarian section is when a baby is delivered through an incision in your abdomen.
A lot of c-section births are scheduled in advance, so you’ll already know going in that you’re going to give birth this way. Sometimes though, a complication with a natural birth can result in an emergency c-section.
Either way, c-sections are safe, effective and easy, which is more and more babies are delivered by c-section every year.
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Your twin c-section procedure will generally follow normal c-section procedures. A small incision of around 5 or 6 inches will be made in your abdomen, and then into the uterus. Your babies are then removed through this incision, which is then treated and surgically closed again.
First off, it’s important to know how much more likely it is that you’re going to have to have a c-section with twins.
The answer? Not that much more likely, surprisingly.
According to the CDC, just over 30% of singleton births are delivered by caesarian, and the figures for twins aren’t that much higher, around 40%. Around another 4% delivered one baby vaginally, and the second through a c-section.
What this means is that you’ve still got a better than 50 percent chance of delivering both babies naturally, if that’s what you’re hoping for, but that if you do have a c-section, you’re joining the a large group of women, and it’s completely normal and natural. So there’s no reason to worry.
Honestly, barely longer than a singleton birth. The real time sinks with caesarian births are the prep and clean up afterwards. The actual birth itself will take 5 or 10 minutes, barely longer.
Expect the whole procedure to take a few hours. Maybe two or three, with a few hours on either side for check ups and aftercare.
The main issue with a c-section is of course the scar. You’ve probably heard horror stories about c-section scars, but the truth is that for the vast majority of women it’s never going to be a problem.
If you have a c-section you’re most probably going to end up with a small and easily manageable scar around the top line of your panties. Most of the time, after a few months the scar will be tiny and hidden behind normal clothes, even bikinis!
Other effects that can come from a c-section include:
Bear in mind that the vast majority of these issues are incredibly rare, and pretty much all of them can be dealt with by your doctor and medical team.
You’ll normally be in hospital for a few days after your c-section, to make sure that you’re healing correctly and capable of looking after yourself.
First, your scar will be covered with steri-strips, which are there to keep your wound closed and sterile. You’re good to shower at this time, just don’t wash on or close to the wound, and try not to submerge it in water, so avoid baths for the first couple of weeks.
It’s also good to avoid lifting anything heavy. Your baby should be pretty much your limit, so take it easy!
Remember, c-sections are completely normal, and nothing to worry about. Just follow whatever your doctor says and you’ll be fine!
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