C-Section was one of the EASIEST things I have ever done

Bonnie - posted on 02/21/2009 ( 48 moms have responded )

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I had a planned C-Section for my first child. All of my friends who had never had one told me horroe stories and scared me to death. It was truly a piece of cake, Though I wasn't supposed to, I was vacuuming the house 3 days later. I would never want to have a baby any other way. Don't let someone else's bad experience scare you, everyone is different. I had a great experience.

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Whitney - posted on 03/04/2009

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Well I'm glad that you all had great experiences...I HATED IT!!! I labored for over 24 hours, 1 hour of pushing. 3 doses on my epidural and still wound up in the OR. My nurse told me she would come back to get me up to walk (having gone through Nursing school I KNOW the fastest way to get through surgery is get up and walk.) But she NEVER came back to "get me." So I laid in my bed for over 24 hours and got sore. It's then they proceeded to tell me that it was MY responsibility to get up and walk (Which I should have done what my gut told me to do) but when your nurse tells you something you do it. So I could barley walk, get up, lay down, sit, anything for over 2 weeks. I would have DEFINITELY not shot for a c-section

I so wish I could have had a experience like you guys explain. I could care less that that's where I landed, the experience was horrible!!!

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I had a great c-section too. I recovered so quickly and the pain afterwards wasn't bad at all. I told everyone that my c-section was WAY less painful than having my tonsils removed. I heard all the horror stories too, I know some women really do have it bad and the pain is different for everyone but mine personally was awesome. A lot of women say that if you have a c-section you don't get to experience the joy of labor and the bonding is different. But I don't feel like less of a woman for having my son through a c-section and I definitely don't feel bad for being left out of the joys of labor lol. And a lot of women complain that they dont get to hold their baby immediately afterwards, well my husband held my son right afterwards and sat right next to me. I got to hold my sons hand while watching my husband look down at my son with tears in his eyes. It was the most amazing site Ive ever seen so I didn't get upset not holding my son first.

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I had an emergency C-section with general anesthesia and had problems before going into the OR. But I recovered quickly left the hospital 2 days later, driving 3 days later and did everything on my own. I wont lie their is a little pain but not anything that one cant handle or will make you lay in bed all day.

Katie - posted on 12/19/2010

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hey i here you hun haha,,i had an unplanned emerge c section 1 year ago with my only daughter,and im telling you it was the best and easyest thing i have ever done,i was in labour for bout 15 hours,and was dissapointed to have gone through all that pain only to end it by c section. But on the other hand it was quite literally a piece of cake,,the only time i ever felt any pain post c section was when i had to get out of bed on the first day and that was only cos my cafatar came out and went all over the bed haha,and that was painfull everything hit the floor! But apart from that ive never had any pain or problems(apart from my umbilical hernia),i was refusing pain relief on day two!

Amy - posted on 06/06/2010

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i had a c-sec 7 months ago i couldnt find any information about c secs and didnt no any1 who had has one so i really didnt no what to exspect i thought id be almost paralized for a few weeks but like every1 else has said i was up and about in no time they made me get up and start walking around 3 hours after my section. the only thing i had trouble with is if i turned my body to quick i would get a burning feeling either end of my scar that only last for 2 weeks. not long found out im pregnant again so i dont no what will happen this time kind of want another section the thought of giving birth normally really scares me! does any1 no if i get to choose to have a section this time?

Mariette - posted on 05/20/2010

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I agree! Everyone was telling me horror stories but I sticked to my planned c-sec and I am very happy I did. I had not Problems and my baby was perfect!!

Nicole - posted on 05/04/2010

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After 20 hours of labor I had an emergancy c section with my first child. I agree the c section was great. When I got pregnant again I decided to have a c section. The only down side for me was that my body hasn't bounced back as fast as my friends who delivered natrual.

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I completely agree! Both deliveries can be very painful, however both can be a piece of cake, too! I have girlfriends who have given birth vaginally and they complain about the pain all the time. Some of them several years after having their children! I was pretty creeped out about giving birth vaginally because 1)it comes out of THERE, um not for me, 2) I'm little and my hubby is 6'5", so we had a big baby, 3) I watched my mom give birth twice and I knew I didn't want that. When I was told I had to have a c-section, I literally could breath easier and I wasn't so anxious. The only problem that occurred was the epidural+c-section drugs made me shake like crazy and I don't remember everything that happened. Next baby, I'm totally having a scheduled c-section, and hopefully I won't have as many drugs in my system!

Danielle - posted on 04/07/2010

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amen! I had an emergency c and it was super easy. Recovery was quick (I was walking 4 hours later, vaccuming 5 days later). The only thing I didn't like was that my baby didn't get to breast feed right away. Since he had to be in the NICU I didn't even get to try until the next day. But the actual surgery, cake.

Jackie - posted on 04/02/2010

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My first c-section was the nightmare but each subsequent one was CAKE! I hear you...had I not labored the first time it would have been easy too.

Erin - posted on 03/04/2010

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I had mixed emotions during my c-section. I went into early labor with my second son and had to have an emergency c-section. That night was one of the scariest nights of my life because he was having so many problems and he was early. But once they decided on a c-section I calmed down a little bit just knowing that he'd be out and not much could go wrong giving birth that way. But I had him at 1:55 am and was up and visiting him in the NICU about 2 that afternoon. But it was after I came home that I realized I liked it much better than having my first son naturally. I felt like I could do more, I had more control over my body, it was great. However I'm not a fan of my scar lol

Amanda - posted on 02/27/2010

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I had a c-section 2 1/2 years ago.i was 40 weeks and 6 days along.they had her measuring around 9 lbs and had not dropped. my doctor gave me the option to be induced or c-section and i chose the c-section because and he said i would more than likely end up in an emergency section any way because she hadn't dropped and her head may have gotten stuck coming out i had my c-section at 8 in the morning she was born at 8:25Am i was up walking around by 6 that evening i never expected to recover so fast. i was expecting the horrible recovery. i went home after 3 days of being in the hospital i took pain pills the first night and that was it. i plan on doing c-sections for the rest of my kid too. i absolutely loved the experience.

Brandy - posted on 01/13/2010

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i love c sections. my first was very painful though but i was in labor from 6 am to finally having her at 12:18 am. i went through hours of pushing. they wanted to use forceps or the vacuum on me. i heard really bad stuff about those

Courtney - posted on 01/12/2010

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I also heard horror stories, I had an emergency c- section with my first son and my second son was a planned c-section, everything went fine and I would have not done anything diffrent. The only thing is that after my second son was born and I got up and started walking around I couldn't pick up my oldest and it broke my heart.

Melanie - posted on 01/09/2010

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I agree with you 100%...I was only in the hospital 1 full day..was up and walking within about 6 hrs , and on oral pain meds 4 hrs after my c-sect. A week later I was out pushing the stroller around the block..it was a near painless experience and a really fast recovery. I'd do it all over again....

Christine - posted on 12/14/2009

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I was 19 and pregnant with my first child when I found out that I was going to have to have a c-section because he was breech. I also had heard all kinds of horror stories and I was terrified. My c-section was a breeze! As soon as the epidural wore off, I was up and walking around.I was a little sore, but it was nothing like I was expecting. When my second child was born, I had opted for a c-section as well. The doctor kept trying to talk me into a VBAC but I was having no part of it. I could hear women screaming in rooms all around me that were in the birthing process and I was all set! I have just had my third child 9 weeks ago by elective c-section. Women who have never had a c-section are always asking,"Don't you feel like you have missed out on something?" and I tell them, "Absolutely! I missed out on hours of painful labor, pushing, the possibility of tearing. I missed out on possibly having a baby in distress from the labor and birthing process. I missed out on having a baby with a puffy, bruised face with a conehead. What I got was a beautiful, healthy baby, a few staples, and a small scar to remind me of how wonderful it is to be a new mother. I would recomend it to anyone!"

Renae - posted on 12/13/2009

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Quoting Erin:



No one shuld ever feel like or be treated like less of a mother b/c of the WAY they gave birth. Surgical or natural it doesn't matter. You are still moms and I am glad that you are all healthy.






However I want to alert you to the dangers of surgical births as oppposed to vaginal births. Don't get me wrong, I am all for pt choice but I believe that for a woman to choose wisely what is best for her she must be FULLY INOFRMED of the risks of what could happen. And over all when you look at the whole population surgical births are more dangerous for both mother and baby. I'll let you do the research on your own if you want to look it up.






I don't feel out of line in saying this b/c I myself had one of each - a difficult traumatic vaginal birth AND later an elective cesarean with my second child. My cesarean was much harder to recover from. Now I work as a labor and delivery nurse and knowing what I know now I would have made very different choices.






Erin, I know this topic very well and I think you will find that if you look into the "whole population" statistics you are referring to, the majority of those c-sections were done as an emergency because something went wrong during labour.



If you look at the statistics for planned, c-section by choice with no other risk factors, you will find it is MUCH safer than a vaginal birth with almost no risk of problems.

Renae - posted on 12/13/2009

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YAY! Finally. Thank you!

I am the only person I know who chose to have a c-section and it was SOOO easy they should call it "cheating". The pain was nothing, I stayed in hospital 6 days, just cos I could. The hospital I was in we had a nice room with a bathroom and a double bed for hubby to stay and room service for both of us breakfast, lunch and dinner. So we stayed until they kicked us out! As soon as I got home I didn't even take a paracetamol because I wasn't in any pain at all. Hubby kept reminding me not to do things like flip the matress because I just had surgery.

Did you know that in many European countries it is considered dangerous for the baby to have a vaginal birth. For example in Sweden 97% of births are c-sections, only the very poor people have vaginal births.

I would not have liked a vaginal birth, I would have felt invaded and undignified (all those people checking how dialated you are... ew!). My planned c-section was the best choice. My hubby is also very glad I wanted one. When you hear men talk about "throwing a sausage down a hallway" they aren't joking. Women like to tell themselves it goes back to normal but ask any man honestly and he will tell you it doesn't.

Claire - posted on 12/08/2009

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after my 1st c section nobody told me how to get up from lying down on the bed somehow i ended up lying the width of the bed with the bell push behind the bedhead and a nurse standing in front of me with a pot of pills and a glass of water for 20 mins then asked me if i wanted to get up i said yes please she didn't really help me she just held my hand. She then went to find out about me having a ladder rope attached to the end of the bed for me to pull myself up on this was only done the night before i left hospital which was a great lot of help for me lol the c-section was an emergency under general anesthetic they had him out within a minute of me being under so i was in a lot of pain the following day as our son was born 3 minutes after midnight.He had to be resusitated as he had the cord round his neck 3 times and now has slight cerebral palsy and developmental delay. Sorry to hear about your complications with your c-sections

Heather - posted on 12/06/2009

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I agree. I didnt mind having my c section. Everyone I knew gave me such negative feedback, I was in labor for only 20 minutes and I am glad they ended up taking him how they did!

Tiffany - posted on 12/05/2009

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You are very lucky.
I had a great doctor, and a healthy baby, but was in EXCRUTIATING pain after my (unplanned) C-section.

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Whitney I can relate. I was in labor for 36 hrs and an hour of pushing all to be told my pelvis couldn't accomodate her. SO I had an emergency c-section, and I could hardly walk, sit up, or do anything that involved movement. My second c-section recovery was a piece of cake after the first 3 days, but the c-section itself was horrid. I had a non working epidural and felt everything:(

Becky - posted on 04/26/2009

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My first son was delivered via emergency section after 30 hours of labor and only dilated to a tight 3. The wanted to wait and wait and wait - - during that time his heart rate when to 60 bpm - a nurse was stationed next to my bed for about 3 hours - still no c-section call. Finally at 11:30 at night they decided to do the surgery. I don't remember much of the section, but my husband says that my heart monitor flatlined 3 times. The doc's didn't seem concerned - just added something to my IV. I was not allowed out of bed for the first day, but went home on on the 3rd day. My second child was delivered by elective section at wk 39. What a Difference!! Went into the hospital in the morning - got prepped and 'spinaled' - - 30 minutes later my son was being dried off and I was being sewn up. I was in recovery for about 40 minutes (until I got feeling back in my legs) but it wasn't forever. In regards to all the people who say everyone else got to hold their babies before you did - that could have been one of the request that you made. I don't know about you husband, by I did not allow any other family in the hospital room for about 4 hours - so that 'my family' could have bonding time.

Amanda - posted on 04/21/2009

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my c-section wasn't pleasent at all. i didn't have labor before hand . i had preeclampsia and they didn't want to induce me but they wanted that baby out asap so it was sechdualed. though it kept getting postponed so i couldn't eat i had nothing to eat or drink for 25 hours. on top of that no sugar was in my saline because they forgot. then i had to be put under because the spinal would fit inbetween my vertabre they tried about 10 times each time hitting bone and erves which was very painful. after i had to wait in recovery and then i was drugged up when i first got to see my son so i don't even remember holding him the first time. then my incision got infected because they forgot the routine anti-biotics. taking staples out was so painful because of the infection. my recovery was long and painful i had to sleep on a reclining couch for a week after i came home because it hurt to much to get out of a bed. i did start walking 16 hours after waking up but it was hard and i was on morphine when i started. also because i was knocked out with tubes down my throat i was coughing for days after and coughing HURTS! this time im trying for a v-bac. im glad to hear your experiance was good though.

Audra - posted on 04/14/2009

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hi my section was a breeze!!! I just got up the next day and started to walk about in the hospital corridors, was driving after 2 weeks and back at the gym after 6 weeks!!!!! everyone is different I never listen to anyone at the best of times!!!!!!!

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Quoting Hillary:

Well, it may have been easy to have the actual c-section, but I swear waiting those two hours in recovery while my baby was already up in the nursery was torture. I had only gotten to see her for a few moments and then had to be stitched up and stay in recovery until I could move my legs. I was so mad, imagining all of my friends and family seeing my baby before I could, and being all alone in recovery!



I 100% agree with that. I was really upset that I wasn't the first person to hold her. Hell, I wasn't even the second. My husband and my mom both had her while I was in recovery. And to top it off, when I got back to my room, the nurses said I couldn't sit up to see her because I'd get a headache! I was like, "gee, what's worse.... a headache or not getting to hold my baby girl!" I sat up anyway and didn't even get a headache.

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Quoting Brittany:

they tried to induce me and do the whole pitosin thingy, my nurses were retarded and turned it down when i was on the pain meds and then turned it up when the meds wore off and i was in so much pain, it was a straight contraction no little breaks between, so after 24 hours of not progressing at all the doctor said they were going to do a c section, i don't think



Hi Brittany,



I had a very similar experience.  I also had a failed induction.  I had 4 pessaries over 2 days, followed by a hormone drip on the third day for about six hours.  When they couldn't break the waters, I too was given an emergency c-section.  I only had a tens machine, but after 3 days of contractions I'd had enough.  I wish I'd just opted for the c-section in the first place.  (I had gestational diabetes, so had to be induced early).





 

Sarah - posted on 04/04/2009

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Are you guys serious here?wow.  I was in labor for 2 days and then the doctors said i was only 2cm dilated and they induced me.my contractions were 2 minutes apart and very strong for the next 4 hours...then they checked me and told me i was STILL only 2cm dilated. so they induced me again. then my contractions were a minute apart and i was crying my eyes out. the doctor came back 4 hours later  and told me i was still only 2cm dilated. i was in so much pain they decided to give me an epidural...they had to put it in my back 6 different times fore some reason until hey finally got it right. and it didnt work! lol seriously it like partially numbed my right side but that was it. Then they broke my water. and my contractions were so close together i didnt even have time to catch my breath. THIS WAS ALL BACK LABOR BY THE WAY. they said the baby was in distress and i started bleeding really heavily and it wouldnt stop. it wasnt a very good hospital and it was late at night so it took them an hour to get everybody there to give me a csection. by then i just wanted to die. Then  got the spinal block and it ll went away and everything was nice and calm and peaceful and they laid my baby on my chest. he was 9lb 5oz. and im not a big person.  my recovery wasnt too bad, i was up walking around at 8 in the morning. But then i got an infection in my uterus from the csection...and it spread through my body. And that was extemely painful and it took the antibiotics a long time to gt rid of it and i almost ended up back in the hospital. so easy? mine sure wasnt but if yours was...good for you! im jealous lol. i want another baby but im terrified of going through the same thing again....

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After hearing about my mothers 3 c-sections, I never in my right mind wanted a c-section, well as fate would have it I ended 36 hours of labour with the dreaded c-section.  Can I just say I would NEVER opt to have a baby vaginally.  C-section with Dr. Kissoon & Dr. Dean by my side was awesome.  I cannot even imagine having stitches in my crutch, that would be like the worst nightmare. 



The nest time around definately book the date and time, I'll be there.  By the way, I drove to Hilo just about 3 days later. HAHAHA

Hillary - posted on 03/10/2009

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Well, it may have been easy to have the actual c-section, but I swear waiting those two hours in recovery while my baby was already up in the nursery was torture. I had only gotten to see her for a few moments and then had to be stitched up and stay in recovery until I could move my legs. I was so mad, imagining all of my friends and family seeing my baby before I could, and being all alone in recovery!

Whitney - posted on 03/07/2009

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Quoting Bonnie:

Your little one is a cutie. You are blessed!


Thank you so much...we seem to love her to the end of the earth!!!

Tarah - posted on 03/07/2009

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I too also loved my c-section, I wouldn't have wanted to do it any other way. Within 8 hours of surgery, I was walking around, and I was fortunate enough to never even have had to take any painkillers. Although I have had friends who have not had such a great experience, so I was very scared beforehand to say the least. The only thing that I found a bit painful afterwards was to either sneeze or laugh lol. Otherwise....I will definately be opting for a c-section next time around!

Bonnie - posted on 03/04/2009

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Sorry to hear about your experience. I know it is alot harder on people who labor for hours and then have to change their whole psyche into c-section mode. I hope your next baby delivery goes better. That is why we all have first times that teach us what to and not to do go for the times after. Your little one is a cutie. You are blessed!

Tammy - posted on 03/03/2009

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Brittany,
I’m so sorry you had to go through such pain. It sounds like you had a failed induction which usually happens when your body is not ready to go into labor. Do you know what your bishop score was? If it was less than 8 or 9 this would explain the failed attempt to make your body go into labor. Most mom’s don’t know to ask about there Bishop score and doctors sometimes use that to their advantage. Knowing it will be a c-section eventually and they will be home in bed or on the golf course in no time.

I to went threw an induction and didn’t know about the bishop score until years later. I was a bit pissed that this information was never given to me, it could have saved me a lot of pain. I went on to have a natural birth the third time using relaxation and was amazed how smoothly anad quickly it went. Yes, it was still at times uncomfortable but nothing even close to my induction. Oh and they did want to induce me again at 40 and a half weeks with a bishop score of 7 but I refused and went into labor on my own three days later.

My first was a c-section and I never wanted to go threw that again. I was hospitalized for 12 days and was too weak to hold my baby when I finely got home and breastfeeding was a disaster. After giving vaginal birth and leaving the hospital 24 hours later there was no question left in my mind that if I can avoid a c-section I will.

Brittany - posted on 03/01/2009

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they tried to induce me and do the whole pitosin thingy, my nurses were retarded and turned it down when i was on the pain meds and then turned it up when the meds wore off and i was in so much pain, it was a straight contraction no little breaks between, so after 24 hours of not progressing at all the doctor said they were going to do a c section, i don't think i ever smiled big enough lol, it was seriously like 20 minutes after she said we were going to do the c section and my son was here, it was great and the meds were the best!! i didn't even know the doc started until i could hear her talking to a student nurse about what she was doing.. i have been telling everyone to shoot for c section because the pain i felt with the contractions sucked lol

Erin - posted on 02/25/2009

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I am curious to know what all you are calling a "natural birth" because not all vaginal birth (in fact rather few) are natural births - there is a big difference.

Tammy - posted on 02/24/2009

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I'm just curious did anyone who tried to have a natural birth have a Birth Doula?

Dee - posted on 02/24/2009

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I tried natural with my first and ended up having an emergency C-Section. I was a little scared because of what I heard, but it was not nearly as bad as I thought. I recovered pretty quickly. This time around I will skip trying to do it natural and go right to a C-Section!

Mandy - posted on 02/24/2009

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I had planned a vaginal birth, but due to preeclampsia and a fast leak in my fluid I had an emergency C-Section.

Nicole - posted on 02/23/2009

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I agree, I had one baby c-section and one naturally, I would have to say that the c-section was easier. I bounced back so fast. I felt so good!

Emily - posted on 02/23/2009

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I didn't get to choose. I was classified as a High Risk Pregnancy and so my doctor demanded that I schedule a c-section. I know that shortly afterwards, I wished I had a vaginal birth but nothing, not even experiencing the real thing, was worth the safety of my child I wouldn't have had it any other way.

Erin - posted on 02/23/2009

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No one shuld ever feel like or be treated like less of a mother b/c of the WAY they gave birth. Surgical or natural it doesn't matter. You are still moms and I am glad that you are all healthy.



However I want to alert you to the dangers of surgical births as oppposed to vaginal births. Don't get me wrong, I am all for pt choice but I believe that for a woman to choose wisely what is best for her she must be FULLY INOFRMED of the risks of what could happen. And over all when you look at the whole population surgical births are more dangerous for both mother and baby. I'll let you do the research on your own if you want to look it up.



I don't feel out of line in saying this b/c I myself had one of each - a difficult traumatic vaginal birth AND later an elective cesarean with my second child. My cesarean was much harder to recover from. Now I work as a labor and delivery nurse and knowing what I know now I would have made very different choices.

Mandy - posted on 02/23/2009

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I had a similar experience. It was easy, but everyone had me terrified. I was up the same night staring at my baby, and only stayed in the hospital 3 days instead of two because I had preeclampsia and they were taking me off the magnesium and monitoring me to be sure I was okay with that.  I was doing stairs when I got home and vacuuming, dishes, all the stuff later I realized we aren't suppose to do, but I felt fine.



 



I also think it's horrible the way people act when I tell them I had him by C-section like somehow I am less of a mom because of it. Mine wasn't planned..but I don't regret having it.

Emily - posted on 02/23/2009

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My mother-in-law was very upset that I had to have a c-section and I told her, it doesn't matter how you have the baby, it only matters how you raise her/him. She didn't question me anymore after that.

Bonnie - posted on 02/22/2009

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I'm right there with you. It really upsets me that so many people are so negative towards c-sections and how poeple that have never had one tell others how awful they are. The best thing I heard from our childbirth class director was that "After you have the baby, moms that did not it natural don't get a special award or a nicer room or a badge. No one thinks they did a better job. Ultimately they get same end result. A healthy baby, natural or c-section is the goal.

Emily - posted on 02/22/2009

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I had a similar experiance. Even my mom said that recovery from a c-section was horrible but I was absolutely fine. I went home on day 2, which mom couldn't belive, and I was doing normal everyday things by day 4. Heck, I even drove to my first appointment, to get my staples out.

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