C-Section Raw & Uncensored
In one of my recent Tuesday's Top 10’s, I shared with you my biggest labor and delivery fears. One of those fears, which ended up happening to me, was having a C-section. In the Facebook comments that ensued after that post, it became evident that many, many pregnant women are worried about the impending doom of a C-section.
Today, I wanted to put your mind at ease and share with you the truth about C-sections. Are you ready? Do you think you can handle the truth? If so, read on!
Let me be the first to say – after having 3 C-sections, they really aren’t all that bad. I too, was determined to do everything in my power to avoid the “dreaded C-section.” Then in what seemed like flash, I was having a C-section to deliver my twins. It was unexpected. Unwanted. Unplanned. But you know what – it turned out absolutely fine.
Yes, initially I was sort of pissed off that I didn’t get to deliver my twins MY WAY. The way I had planned. I admit I went through a period of feeling as if I didn’t have control over my birthing experience, and that I somehow failed. Once I got over that however, I realized that the C-section was the right choice for my babies and me.
And, truth be told, the recovery was not as bad as I imagined.
When my third child was born, I was able to schedule a C-section at 38 weeks. It was awesome knowing when I was going to have her and being able to make plans, especially since I had toddler twins to take care of. And, since I was emotionally and mentally prepared for this C-section, my recovery was a breeze. Honestly. I was walking around less than two hours after I had her, and within a week I felt back to my old self again, albeit a little sore. My final C-section was exactly the same way.
For me, the fear of a C-section and my own strong will and desire to have complete control over things in the delivery room were what made my initial C-section the least bit tumultuous. Had I been open to the possibility and the necessity of a surgical intervention, and went in with an attitude of simply wanting whatever was best, I wouldn’t have had any negative experience with my first childbirth. Since I didn’t, I labored for 14 hours, damned and determined, and then had to go through a C-section afterward.
My advice: Be open to whatever happens with the simple hopes of having the best outcome for you and your baby possible. Hand over the control a bit. A C-section is NOT a failure by any stretch of the imagination. And, for me – they were virtually painless. And best of all, ALL of my kids were delivered healthy.
This is one fear that you can put to rest.