C-Section

Tiniko - posted on 01/08/2010 ( 191 moms have responded )

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Could any of you recommend, based on personal experience, C-Section over natural way of giving birth?

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Tigger - posted on 01/09/2010

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I had a c-section and it was a piece of cake for me it was done in 20mins and u feel no pain u have a little pain after but that will happen both ways and it feels much better after staples r out I was up and walking the next day and my scar is so thin and on bikini line so its not really noticeable..

Neva - posted on 01/09/2010

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i had an emergency csection with my daughter because i had elevated blood pressure and she had her umbilical cord wrapped around her hand. i had to labor for 9 hrs and got to 5 cms before they did my section. the contractions were not painful at all to me. and my dr allowed me to get my epidural when i was 3 cms so i was calm cool and collect. in my mind i actually wanted to have a section cus i was scared of pushing. didnt want the pain. my scar is so low. its below my underwear line. at my 6 week checkup my dr was even shocked he had cut so low. my recovery wasnt even that bad. i have a high tolerance for pain so it didnt bother me. the day i left the hospital i went out to eat with my sister and family for her birthday. but i had xtra days to recover before going home. i had my daughter on March 30 but didnt go home till April 5. cus my daughter was jaundice, i kept spiking fevers and my bp was out of whack.

Jessica - posted on 01/09/2010

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I had to have my son via c-section after 36 hours of labor and only getting to 3.5 cm. My son's heart rate was dropping with each contraction. I had had and epidural placed when the MD broke my water, as i was on Pit. to induce labor. At the end of all this my MD decided that I needed to have a c-section. As it turned out my epidural did not work properly and I felt 90% of my c-section and let me tell you it was the VERY worst PAIN I have ever had in my life, it felt like that were pulling my spine out out of my stomach, i felt each and evey stich and staple. My Dr was only plannining on a bikini cut section and b/c the cord was wrapped around his neck several times the ended up making a "t" cut in my uterus. Now if i choose to have anymore children I have to have them c-section. Recovery was awful, it hurt to get out of bed and lift the baby. I honestly feel like I have missed out on something by having a c-section. I would strongly recomend a Vaginal Delivery if you don't have a medical condition which you have to have a c-section.

Letitia - posted on 01/09/2010

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i would say natural, i had a ceasar and it is a good option if you have to have it(like i did) if you dont it is better for you and your baby. i live in australia and you are not meant to do anything for 6 week after having a ceasar. it is major surgery if i could i would have natural.
if you are worried about pain what about epjural

Nicole - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son was a week late and I had to be induced. I was in labor for 24 hours, and had been pushing for 2. But he just wouldn't come out. The doc gave me the option to keep pushing for another hour and see if we got anywhere or go ahead and do a C-section. I voted for the section. I knew I was gonna end up with one anyway, my mom had to have one because her hips weren't wide enough for our big ole heads to pass through and I'm built the same way. Plus, my son was almost 10 lbs at birth, there was no way he would've fit! I had an epidural and was awake for the procedure, my husband was in the room with me, holding my hand. It didn't take them long to get the baby out, maybe 10-15 minutes. But they had to fight to get him out because his head was stuck from me trying to push him. I could feel all the pulling and that kinda hurt, I won't lie, but I think natural childbirth hurts worse, and for longer! Once my son was out I didn't feel anything. They wrapped him up and gave him to my husband, who showed him to me, then everybody disappeared and when I got to the recovery room they were giving my son a bath and then I got to hold him. But I was so exhausted I didn't really care, lol! They glued me back together and we were discharged two days later. It was hard to move that first week, but as long as I didn't move too quick I was fine. I only took Motrin for the pain, and it really wasn't that bad. I was out and about 2 days after we left the hospital. I never had any problems breastfeeding either. The next one we have will be a schedule section. I think it's great; I'll know exactly what day (s)he's coming, and won't have to go through labor. And all your parts are still intact down there!

Casey - posted on 01/09/2010

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I would prefer a C-section because you don't really have to deal with the pain only for 2 weeks. I had a C-section wasn't planned only reason i had to get it was because of the birth canal was too narrow for her to pass through. I don't think i could of handled vaginal birth. I was stitched inside and glued(surgical) outside. My scar isn't visible

Brandy - posted on 01/09/2010

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I personally have had 2 C-Sections

and they are painful I personally would rather staples over the stiches any day just because when i had stiches by insicion busted and that's not fun it put's you back another week when you have to work

Megan - posted on 01/09/2010

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I was 8 days late and they did an ultrasound and found out my daughter was breech so the next day they did a c-section. They took me back at 9:30 and started everything. My child was born a 9:50. It's very fast and painless. After 48 hours I got to go home. I was back to work at my in home daycare a week later. Sitting up & getting up was hard the first week but its gonna be that way either way you go. On my next child I get to decide which way I want to have my child and I'm gonna do c-section again b/c it was so easy for me. Everybody is different but good luck ! !

Hanna - posted on 01/09/2010

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I had to have a C-section because my son was huge and my cervix was on a lockdown at 41wks. at first, i was really upset that i couldn't do natural birth (family history of natural births) and wanted to wait longer, but then when i saw my son, boy was I glad that i agreed to do a C -- there was no way i could have pushed that baby out of me.

if you want to try for natural birth, go for it. more power to you, just be prepared that at any moment things can go not as planned and potentially, any labor can result in C-section. if your doctor is advising against it, then definitely don't do it -- the safest way to deliver the baby is the way that your OB feels most comfortable with because if God forbid something goes wrong, he's the one who will have to deal with the consequences. good luck to you on whichever way you decide to go with!

Cassie - posted on 01/09/2010

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I personally had a c-section. I wasn't given the choice of having a natural birth and I wouldn't change it. There were so many things I didn't have to worry about...like peeing afterwards. It does make you uncomfortable..but so does natural. And you do have an incision cut for the rest of your life..but mine is so unnoticeable.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/09/2010

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I had to have a c-section only b/c i was 10 days over due and my son was breech. There was no way of turning him around that late in the game. Even then my dr. told me i would have to have another c-section my next time around b/c since my son was as big as he was and figuring my next child will be just as big that I wouldn't be able to deliver them naturally. My son was 9lbs and 4.5oz. You don't feel pain during the surgery but you can feel pulling/tugging and in my opinion feeling that it didn't hurt at all.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/09/2010

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Its easier to lose the baby weight if your breastfeeding b/c your uterus contracts every time your baby sucks and it helps burn calories!!

Patty - posted on 01/09/2010

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I have had both c-section and natural- i much perfered the natural way, I found it much more rewarding in the end. The recovery is much faster and less painful.

Nikki - posted on 01/09/2010

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I had both natural and a c-section. I had no choice with my son due to his size, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone that had an option. Natural child birth with an epidural was far easier and a much faster recovery time than my c section was.

My c section left a lengthy scar, but what people fail to understand is that your stomach muscles will be cut, you will have stitches inside and staples outside. The first two weeks were excrutiatingly painful and walking was a task that took a great deal of effort. I recovered fully 8 weeks after my son with the c section, and with my daughter it was about a week.

Any area around my scar is now numb, I'm still attempting to recover full use of my stomach muscles, and honestly I felt cheated by being forced into a c section. I didn't get the surprise labor and what not that I had with my daughter. Instead I was shuved into a cold an welcoming sterile room, had a curtain draped over me, and I wasn't even allowed to hold my son until I was moved into recovery. With my natural birth I held my daughter right away which was fantastic.

If you have a choice, I would go natural.

Kristina - posted on 01/09/2010

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I've had 3 natural and 1 c-section, I preferred the natural births. It was so nerve wracking for the c-section, and it was scheduled. It's more work for you, but recovery is so much easier afterward.

Rebecca - posted on 01/09/2010

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i had an emergancy C section I would recommend avoiding it as much as possible....you get very nausiuos and you feel like you can't breathe...also the pressure of them pushing the baby out was horrible for me and i couldn't hold my son right away or even see him through all the people but of course that was because he was late and had meconium any way... the recovery for me was extremly painful not only because the epidural wore out when they were stiching me up but they have to puch on your stomach to remove excess blood . Not fun it took about 5 weeks for me to move normaly again and its been 7 and i still have the pain from the sttich even though the dr did a great job ,i won't have a scar and you can barely see it....the other thing is after you cant bend normally so its hard to hold your new baby

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i hear you Georgia.I got my tummy back post preg from before i had my first child on my section of my second child.It was fantastic.i was back in shape by 8weeks.Also i had hardly any bleeding as well compared to my first birth which was natural.So even though i was mad it ending in a section due to there lack of professionalism it turned out fantastic for both baby and me.So thumbs up.



Also when its already decided by the mother its not rushed and mom gets to hold the baby for a good while and dad is made a part of the birth also.It cant be compared to an emergency section.

Jamie - posted on 01/09/2010

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I had 2 csections, and would much rather have gone vaginal. My scar isnt visible at all, but my belly button is a little saggy on top. Not to mention it hurt to sneeze, it was difficult to walk for a day or so. A it is major surgery. Id rather been long and rough and not dealt with a csection recovery. I know wth my first because it was an emergency they had to knock me out and I am missing about 24 hrs of memory, I dont remember the first time I held my daughter, and my bro was there the entire time and i dont remember him being there at all. All i have is pictures. I was awake the 2nd time and it was a better experience, but still Id rather go vaginal.

Christine - posted on 01/09/2010

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If you are going to choose, definitely go with natural! You get to hold your baby right away, and recovery is significantly less. Of course if it's by emergency, of course a c-section may have to be required, but I will personally never understand people who opt to have a c-section over a natural birth.

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I would advise natural over C-Section. One thing people seem to forget is that a c-section, no matter how "routine", is still MAJOR ABDOMINAL SURGERY, which comes with risks. At the end of the day, you will have to make the best decision for YOU, but make sure you weigh all the benefits and costs.

Karen - posted on 01/09/2010

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ive had all three of my boy's by c-section, my first son was an emergency c-section and i was devastated and scared by the thought of having one, (especally after going through all the motions of having him naturally!) but it was no where near as bad as i thought it would be! i healled up rather quickly with a neat scar. BUT, because i had a emergency c-section, i could not have my other two boy's naturally as they said it was a high risk of busting open my scar during labour! (scary thought!) so it's not so bad, and i guess as long as u dont have ur kids close together, as i did, u may be able to try for a natural one next time! :) good luck!

Sherre - posted on 01/09/2010

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I had the worst expeirence with having one. And two months later, I was put on a wound vac due to an infection in my incision. There are a lot of risks included and I would not recommend it. Especially, for me, my son was 8lbs 9oz, and it's been extremely hard to loose the weight. Also, if you want to breastfeed, it makes it harder. You should try and go natural! I am still depressed I didn't and my son is 13 months.
GOOD LUCK!

Sherre - posted on 01/09/2010

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Quoting Keikilani:

I had both my girls my c-section. My first was emergency and second was kinda planned. I was overdue on both babies. For me the recovery was painful but bearable. It took about six weeks for the pain to go away completely. I barely have a scar. The junk thing is, if I have any more children it is automatically c-sections. I wish I couldve had the experience of natural birth.



No, you can have a v-bac



Go to Ican-online.org if you would like info

Ayla - posted on 01/08/2010

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I went all the way with the natural way of giving birth, 16 grooling hours! But at the end, my little girl wasn't down far enough to exit the birth canal. Her heart rate went up to 220 bpm, and I had to get a emergency C-Section. In my personal opinion, go the natural way. I was out on bed rest for 4.5 weeks, in utter pain for the first week, couldn't even sneeze, couldn't walk far without risking ripping my incision. I wanted to go natural so bad, but I couldn't. If you have a choice, do it natural. You can spend more of the precious moments with your new born, and not have to worry about not being able to get out of bed for weeks!

Sarah - posted on 01/08/2010

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I have 3 girls. My first 2 were natural and my 3rd was Emergency C-Section. I always thought to myself why on Earth would anyone want to have a C-Section and go through that pain? However, in all honestly...the C-S was a lot easier to recover from because I had an epesiotomy with the natural deliveries (Which takes awhile to heal and very uncomfortable) If I had known what it was like to have a C-Section before I would have done it with the other 2.

After being in the ICU and having the C-Section on the 2nd day I was up walking around. Also keep in mind the surgery is not the same as it used to be 10 yrs. ago. Now it is a small incision, not a cut from one side of your stomach to the other.



This is just my opinion: every experience is different =)

Georgia - posted on 01/08/2010

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I had both my children by c-section.. im 21 yrs old.. an my children are now 2 an 3yrs old.. id have to say.. i prefer c-section... most docs dont like doing theme do to the list of things that can go wrong.. but for me it was way easy.. first c-section recovery sucked i will say do to the doc screwing up an i had got an infection.. but a year later almost to the dot.. i had another c-section not only did i recover really fast an only stayd one night in the hospital my new doc gave me a nice lil tummy tuck.. so i dont have that pooch like most mothers get after having a baby natural.. so id say 2 thumbs up to having a c-section over natual anyday..

Lindsay - posted on 01/08/2010

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Just curious why you would choose a c-section? I had an emergency c-section at 27 weeks to deliver my daughter. Since she was a preemie and it was an emergency situation I had a vertical incision and now HAVE to have a c-section this pregnancy. I had a very rough recovery (got a cellular infection in my incision, had blood pressure issues due to blood loss, etc...) and I know not everyone does. In fact I have been told I should have a much better recovery this time. But I am not sure why you would elect to have major abdominal surgery? Is there any particular reason you are considering it?

Hdlb123 - posted on 01/08/2010

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I've had 3 c/s, none of the just because I wanted too. I cant imagine why anyone would choose to cut themselves open, You dont now what going to happen, there are so many complications that can happen with surgery. My first went okay, long recovery. The second was good, the 3rd resulted in an internal bleed, massive hematoma and it eventually bled out of the incision site. Incredibly painful and scary, and recovery took way way longer then it should have. I really do think that if you have no medical reason to have a c/s, then you should not have one. Its a massive trauma to your body and recovery can be very painful and very long.

Linda - posted on 01/08/2010

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i chose to have a c section and it was wonderful for me. the delivery didnt take long at all and only took tylenol for pain! just remember when the nurses tell you its okay to get up and walk, do it! that will help with the amount of pain!

Danielle - posted on 01/08/2010

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I had to have a c-section due to failure to progress. I still badly wish to have a natural childbirth one day although it really doesn't look like it's going to happen. What I can say is having a c-section was not nearly as horrific as I thought it would be. The surgery itself was easy...I didn't feel a thing. My doctor was fantastic, my scar is as thin as a pencil line and has faded white. Recovery...well it was a bitch. But I did as I was told and I got moving as soon as the nurses said I could get up. I honestly think that getting my body moving is what helped me recover faster. I did have to take a fair amount of pain medication...I took it every so many hours as instructed until I basically ran out of the bottle, then I switched to ibuprofen. Would I recommend an elective c-section? Not a chance. Just because it's even painful to lift your newborn when you've got an incision in your belly.

Erica - posted on 01/08/2010

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I had a c-section but would have chosen natural birth if it was an option. C-sections are bizarre. They may not be very painful during but you can still feel everything. Plus the recovery is longer and in my case I had to get a blood transfusion because I was so anemic from blood loss. I was so out of it for the first few days after the girls were born. Also, you are less likely to have post partum depression with a natural birth. And, it's better for your babies lungs to come through the birth canal. Unless your doctor is recommending it, why would you elect to have yourself cut open?

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i was delighted in the end my doctor finally made the decision to section my little girl.i was so pleased to no shes going to be safe now.her placenta came away and there were cloths behind it.it was unknown to the doctor until she was sectioned.i did recover well and it was much easier in most ways but i still think giving birth natural is whats best unless both mom and baby are at risk for what ever reason,.have to say ladies i recovered much quicker from my section than my natural birth.If its your choice to want a section over natural its perfectly fine and don't feel in anyway discouraged for your choice.but i would say all moms recover differently to sections.Some quicker and some not.Some are in more pain than others.Good luck to you in your choice and i wish you a safe delivery and a healthy bundle of joy.:)

Shelley - posted on 01/08/2010

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hi, I would reccomend attempting a natural delivery over a c-section any day i had an emergency ceasar after 36 hrs labor and the labor to 8cm dialated was nothing compared to my ceasar i ended up having to have a T ceasar where they cut across and couldn't get the baby out so they had to make an incision up my uterus to get the baby out the recovery from this was long and painful 21 months later i had an elective ceasar which was normal with a great recovery. i still would have prefered a natural delivery and plan to next time round

Amanda - posted on 01/08/2010

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hey i tried the whole natural birth thing and ended up havin and emergency c-section cause bubs head wouldnt fit, the natural birth is a good idea cause youll recover quicker. but the c section isnt always an option good luck with it all!

Keikilani - posted on 01/08/2010

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I had both my girls my c-section. My first was emergency and second was kinda planned. I was overdue on both babies. For me the recovery was painful but bearable. It took about six weeks for the pain to go away completely. I barely have a scar. The junk thing is, if I have any more children it is automatically c-sections. I wish I couldve had the experience of natural birth.

Nicole - posted on 01/08/2010

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I delivered my twins via elective c-section and as they were my first I can't compare it to natural birth. I have nothing bad to say about the caesar. It was no where near as painful as I imagined it would be. Of course it was difficult to get about (much slower than normal), but they give you enough drugs that you never feel any pain. I wouldn't have had it any other way. In saying that everyone's recovery is different.

Tiniko - posted on 01/08/2010

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wow, Thanks Kelley, that sounds encouraging, because in my case no one is "forcing" the C-section, it is my personal choice and I just want to make sure I am not making a mistake :)..

Best of Luck for the New 2010 ;)

Kelley - posted on 01/08/2010

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forgot to mention that my cut is about 5 inches long and MAYBE as wide a shoe lace.

Kelley - posted on 01/08/2010

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i did not have natural birth i was "forced' to have a cection when they told me this i was scared shitless! it took 7 mins for them to get my son out and it wasnt very painful after wards. i was ready to work out after about 3 weeks i wouldnt want it any other way now.

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