C-Section refers to the surgical way used to deliver babies. C-Section is also known as a cesarean section. C-Sections is often performed when certain complications occur and when vaginal delivery put the health and life of the mother, baby or both at risk. Some of the reasons for C-Section delivery are:
- Previous C-Section delivery
- Stalled labor
- Baby is coming out shoulder first (traverse delivery)
- Baby is out feet first (breech delivery)
- Previous invasive uterus surgery
- Large baby is expected
- Twins or triplets are expected
- Obstructions, such as a large fibroid makes normal delivery difficult or impossible
- Umbilical cord related complexities
- Reduced oxygen supply to baby
This list is not exhaustive. One can never know if the mother can only deliver by C-Section beforehand. C-Section may also be used on the request of the mother, in fact, 33% American babies are delivered using C-Section.
You must be thinking that American babies are delivered with the mother going through less pain. Well, not really.
If someone has delivered through C-Section then there is a high chance the person had some complexities.
Just because someone delivered through a C-Section does not mean she did not experience contractions. Contractions are painful, very painful.
C-Section means you will be recovering from a surgery and at the same time recovering from postpartum issues. Damn those mood swings, vaginal discharge, and enlarged breasts.
C-Sections means you will be recovering from your surgery while looking after your baby.
Patients who deliver through C-Section may have to stay in the hospital for longer. You like that typical hospital smell don’t you? No? Oh, okay. All the best then!
Also, getting out of the bed may hurt more than any labor pain. Didn’t see that coming did you?
Well, those postpartum issues are not limited to your breasts. Your hands and legs could swell up too. That 26-inch jeans are going to stay in the back of your closet for a little longer.
Your vitals (temperature, blood pressure, etc) will have to be checked every three to four hours. Starting today forget a good night’s sleep for a few days. Not to mention you have a baby there is no difference between night and day.
C-Section does not mean you have completely avoided the complications. There are other risks as well. They include infection, heavy blood loss, a blood clot in the legs or lungs, nausea, vomiting, serious headache or injury to another organ like the bladder.
This risks C-Section poses are not limited to you, your baby could face complications too, these include injury, need for special care or immature lungs and breathing is the baby is delivered prematurely.
Now that you know the truth about C-Section you should consider all the benefits and drawbacks of both C-Section and vaginal delivery and then make a decision. Afterall C-Section may really be more painful.