One in every three babies birthed in the United States is now born via C-section, making the procedure the most common operation in American hospitals. In a recent report, the Centers for Disease Control found that the nation's C-section rate increased by 53 percent between 1996 and 2007, to an all time high of 32 percent. Though women have C-sections for many reasons, approximately 40 percent of the procedures are performed on women who already gave birth via Cesarean — meaning many of the births are scheduled in advance.
Knowing you are giving birth on a certain date and time gives an expectant mama plenty of time to prepare for her impending arrival. Here are eight things she can do to prepare for the big day. And don't forget to check out what to pack and what to expect after your surgery.