Most Women Should Get Antibiotics Before, Not After A C-Section.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), 10-40% of women who have a c-section will develop an...
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), 10-40% of women who have a c-section will develop an infection. To show you how extreme this is, only 1-3% of women who give birth vaginally end up with an infection. With this in mind, ACOG has released some new guideline for women who get a c-section. According to ACOG, women receiving a c-section should receive antibiotics before, not after a c-section. ACOG notes that studies show that an intravenous infusion of antibiotics before c-section surgery can reduce the chance of a mama developing an infection and won't harm her newborn. The guidelines also state that this new advice shouldn't apply to a woman having an emergency c-section; although they should get antibiotics as soon as possible. This also doesn't apply to women who are already taking some form of antibiotics for another reason. *Committee Opinion #465, "Antimicrobial Prophylaxis for Cesarean Delivery: Timing of Administration," is published in the September 2010 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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