It seems like Caesarean section birth is the de facto way to go these days with more and more doctors using the method. Did you know that in the private sector, 6 out of 10 C-sections moms opted not to give birth naturally? SA’s C-section scene is skyrocketing! It’s a trend that seems to be growing, but here are some golden nuggets of wisdom from moms that have been through it.
Truths from C-sections moms
1. A C-section is really a big deal
C-section moms will agree that the op isn’t as minor as the public makes it out to be. It’s a straight up, slice-open-your-abdomen-and-dig-out-your-baby surgery. You’ll get stitched (or stapled) up, fitted with a catheter, and probably kitted out with weird booties to prevent blood clots. No solid foods until you can pass gas or pee on your own. Oh yeah, and then you might also get a spinal headache, which is a side effect from the spinal block they administer. Now consider the fact that you’ll have to deal with ALL of that while nurturing a new baby.
2. Recovery will take longer than you think
Unlike a mom who gave birth naturally, C-section moms find it hard to walk from the car to the front door after the operation. It hurts. Recovery is crappy, and you have to brave it with a battle wound and a fresh baby on your hip.
3. The doctors move your junk around!
You did know that the doctors move your organs around so they can get to your uterus, right? C-sections can be grosser than your favourite Crime & Investigation channel program. To get to your uterus; the doctor will most likely move your bladder and intestines around. They even lift it outside of your body at times. Creepy yet totally true.
4. C-section moms don’t want your opinion on their C-section
People love talking about how women grieve after giving birth via C-section. Most C-section moms that planned on giving vaginal birth are somewhat disappointed, but not all of them are devastated with the way things turned out. Some women feel empowered because they chose something that best suited their needs.
5. VBACs are totally doable
It really is possible to perform Vaginal Birth After a Caesarean even though some doctors are totally against it. The main concern with VBACs is a uterine rupture, which occurs in less than 1 of 100 VBAC cases. You can give birth naturally after a C-section; you just need the right team on your side.