C-Section Raw & Uncensored

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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. 

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C-Section Raw & Uncensored

Stef Daniel is the 40ish year old, experienced (meaning crazy already) mother of count ‘em…4 daughters (yes, she takes prayers) who have taught her nearly E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G she needs to know about raising kids and staying sane. She hails from a small town in Georgia where she lives with her family in a red tin roofed house (with just ONE bathroom mind you) on a farm - with tons of animals of course. One day, due to her sheer aversion to shoes and her immense lov ... More

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  1. Megan says:

    Having had 2 c-sections, and my third one planned for this June, I cab honestly agree with you. My first c-section was terrifying. Thinking back though, this was simply because I had never even considered the thought of having one. One my little one was showing signs of distress, I knew we had to go with it! I’m glad we did because he was not breathing when her was finally taken our of my womb, and had to be resuscitated and put on an iv and under an oxygen hood. Who knows what would have happened if I had continued trying to push! My second was planned, abed I felt so much more in control. Everything went beautifully when my daughter was born, and I healed so much faster! I am looking forward to my third c-section, and know everything will go smoothly.

  2. Tiffany says:

    I am absolutely terrified of having a C-section ;-(

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