Guidelines suggest taking antibiotics before C-section

August 23, 2010 2:42:50 PM PDT
Many women used to be given protective antibiotics after delivering their babies through cesarean section. But new guidelines from the American College of Obstetrician say it's safer for women to take antibiotics just before the surgery.

Infections can happen in up to 40 percent of C-section deliveries. The idea is to give the antibiotic early enough so the body can effectively kill bacteria before the incision is made.

Researchers say antibiotics reduced inflammation in the uterus and overall infection, compared to antibiotics given after birth. They also say the baby's health was not jeopardized when the drugs were administered before delivery.