The Day of a Cesarean Section
On the day of a cesarean section, you are first taken to a pre-procedure room, and an IV is inserted into a vein. During this time, you can ask any last-minute questions of your healthcare provider or surgery team. Fetal monitors are applied to watch your baby, and EKG patches are applied to your arms, legs, and chest on the day of a cesarean section.
The Day of a Cesarean Section: What to Expect
On the day of your cesarean section, at your scheduled time, you will be taken to a pre-procedure room.
To prepare you for the cesarean section, your healthcare professional will first make sure that you have an intravenous line, or IV. You will be given medications and fluids through your IV during the procedure. You may also receive antibiotics so that the chance of infections is reduced.
Fetal monitors will be put on your abdomen to watch the status of your baby. These monitors are safe for both of you.
Patches will be applied to the skin of your chest, arms, or legs for an electrocardiogram (EKG). The EKG patches record the electrical activity of your heart during the cesarean section.
Your doctor may be available to answer any last-minute questions that you have, and your family or friends may be able to stay with you until it is time for you to go to the operating room.