There are some that say having a cesarean section is not really ‘giving birth.’ Well, those people probably never had a c-section! Though the end results are usually the same (a healthy, lovely new family addition), there is still a stigma attached to having a c-section over a vaginal birth. We’re here to tell you that childbirth is beautiful, no matter how it happens, and we have a few tips and encouraging words for the new mom that might be having a c-section soon.
How Do I Prepare for a C-Section?
Whether you’re having a planned or an emergency cesarean, the best thing for you and your baby throughout your pregnancy is to watch your weight. Women who are considered obese are three times more likely to have surgical complications during and post cesarean. Research has shown that overweight women labor longer and have a lower success rate of a vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC.
Just like with any major surgery, eat lightly the day before and try to abstain from food for 12 hours before your surgical time. This is obviously for planned cesareans as opposed to an emergency.
Post-surgery you will need a lot of help and a lot of care. After all, you just had major surgery and you have a new little one to take are of. Before you leave for the hospital make sure you have healthy, protein-heavy, readily available food to eat. And be sure to take the pain medication your doctor gives you, on a schedule. Don’t wait until you feel pain to take the medication. By staying on schedule, you’ll minimize your overall pain, leaving you to rest more comfortably and recovering quicker.
What I Wish I Would Have Known
You’re getting an epidural. When you go into the surgical room, you will be given an epidural, or your dosage will be increased if you’ve already received one. A sheet will be placed so you won’t be able to see the surgery happening, or feel the surgery, other than a tugging sensation.
Your experience might feel different. Because the situation may feel sterile and difficult, you may feel emotionally detached from what’s going on around you. It’s important to know that’s a very normal feeling and does not mean you are not a part of the process.
You won’t get to hold your baby right away. While your abdominal incision is being closed, your baby will go through their Apgar testing, and getting cleaned up. You can request to see your baby before they are whisked away, and you can also request that your birth partner hold the baby after all the testing is complete.
You may bleed even more than if you had a vaginal delivery. Just because your baby didn’t go through the birth canal, doesn’t mean you won’t have post-delivery vaginal bleeding.
What Do I Say to People That Tell Me I Didn’t “Give Birth?”
“Your opinion has been noted, but I respectfully disagree.”
Your birthing experience is yours and yours alone. Whether you’ve gone through natural childbirth, or a planned cesarean section, if the end result is a healthy baby and a healthy mother, all’s well that ends well.
If you have any questions about childbirth options, or delivery by cesarean, contact Miami OB/GYN for an appointment today!Leave a reply →