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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Allison - posted on 01/10/2010

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I haven't read all the read all the replies, but just had to give my two cents. I would never chose to have a c-section unless it were absolutely medically necessary. Quite frankly, I think it's really wrong elective sections are even offered, but that's just me. I had a failed induction (mine and baby's heart were erratic) and the baby went into distress after 30 hours of labor. I had a section, but I'm actually incredibly glad I gave natural a try. For me it didn't end up how I'd hoped, but knew a section was medically necessary for us both. That said though, our bodies are truly designed to give birth. Not only is it better for the baby (it pushes out the fluids from their nasal and lung passages), it's better for mom too. Trust me...the recovery is not a piece of cake. It's major abdominal surgery and I've never known a single person that delivered vaginally that it took more than a couple weeks to heal. It took me a full 6 to feel somewhat normal and 3 months before I really felt ok. I still get stabbing pain along my incision and my belly/bikini area is completely numb 4 inches above and below my scar. Several people I have known have had more severe problems in recovering from the surgery such as of my co-workers developed a serious staph infection, and another her incision re-opened.

I'm not trying to scare you, but rather trying to get you to really re-consider your choice. Do extensive research on c-section risks vs. vaginal. I would never ever willingly chose one. I hope to VBAC next time.

Whatever you decide, I do wish you well and hope you have a good delivery and recovery either way. Best wishes!

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?

Tessa - posted on 01/12/2010

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I wanted very very badly to have a natural birth - NO epidural, no drugs, no episotomy. My baby was very large, and I went overdue 2 weeks. I was forced to have to be induced. After a very long induction, baby wasn't coming, so I had no choice but to have a c-section. WORST experience of my life so far. DON'T get one unless you NEED one. VERY painful. Oh.. it hurts so, so, so bad the first time you have to sit up in bed, roll over, or stand up. There is so much pain. And you can't even properly care for your baby the first weeks of his/her life because you are in so much pain and have such restricted movement.

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.

Tessa - posted on 01/12/2010

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Oh, and not to mention.. you can barely bend over to even clean yourself up with all the post partum bleeding! I was always, always a mess and my husband had to help clean me off every time I went to the bathroom. If my husband couldn't/wouldn't have done that for me, it would have been SOOO embarrassing for nurses to have to clean me off every time.

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Adriane - posted on 01/12/2010

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I have had both, and i would go with natural birth over c-section. My first child was natural and my 2nd was c-section. The pain i had after the c-section was the worst I have ever felt in my life. But i have a friend who has 5 kids by c-section and she said she wouldn't have it any other way. Which ever you have I wish you the best of luck and a healthy baby.

Adriane - posted on 01/12/2010

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I have had both, and i would go with natural birth over c-section. My first child was natural and my 2nd was c-section. The pain i had after the c-section was the worst I have ever felt in my life. But i have a friend who has 5 kids by c-section and she said she wouldn't have it any other way. Which ever you have I wish you the best of luck and a healthy baby.

Olivia - posted on 01/12/2010

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I have only had a c section, and it was out of neccessity. My son's heart rate dropped 3 times while I was in labor . It was a quick operation. I went in at 1:41 am and he was born at 1:45 am. I was stitched up and back in my own room 20 minutes later. I had an epidural so I didnt have to go to recovery. Getting up and walking around was a little difficult at first, but the more I did it, the easier it got. Plus, the nurses gave me meds whenever I felt I needed them. I loved my c section, but I would also have liked to have a natural birth.

Lupe - posted on 01/12/2010

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Well I've done both natural and C-section and I feel that I recovered faster after the C-section. During the natural birth they had to help me by cutting down below to make more room for the baby to come out so once the baby was out they stitched me up. The recovery for that took me about 1 1/2 months and was extremely painful. The day after I left the hospital after the C-section I was not in pain at all I even went shopping that is how well I felt.

Cathy - posted on 01/12/2010

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i had to have a csection i had no choice because my son was one of those babys who couldnt with stand labor. i had tons of complications during labor, the csection, and afterwards but the odds of you dealing with what i did are slim. only adivce i have is know your body well enough and your family history about if you can handle major surgery. i didnt know anything and thats what caused my problems. If your a bleeder i wouldnt recommend it

Patricia - posted on 01/12/2010

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i had a emergency c-sction with my second child and after they sent us home i was back in the hospital without my newborn for treatment, because i ened up having an infection aound the lining of my uterus. not fun.

Kristy - posted on 01/12/2010

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I actually begged my doctor to give me one when the heart beat started to drop. When the heart beat didn't go back up they ended up giving my a c-section. I really didn't feel any pain. It just sucked trying to walk a couple days later. I am going to do it again but then get my tubes tied.

Mandy - posted on 01/12/2010

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I have 5 children all were natual births excpet the last I had to have an emergency c-section I can tell you that my personally experience i would do the natural ove the c-section any day yeah natural hurt when you in labor but as soon as the babies head is out the pain is gone sure your a lil sore for a while but when I had my c-section I think it was worse I had to have my fiance help in an out of bed on an off the toilet it was horrilbe thank god I had him there to help me an I was breast feeding so when the baby would wake up I had to wake him up to help me out of bed to feed her lol but this is just my perosnal experience everyones is different but I can say a week after I had her when they took the staples out it felt much better but it is still tender sometimes an my daughter is almost 8 months old so I think if you have the option to do it naturally do it plus it's an experience you will cherish forever.

Katherine - posted on 01/12/2010

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I had a vag delivery my first baby...she is now 11. I had my second via c-section because he was breech and my water broke so there was no time to see if he would turn or the dr. turning him...he is 3. I also had a "t section" so I couldn't ever have a vag birth again. I was dissapointed on having the section because it was so long inbetween my first and second child, I wanted to experience a reg birth older and again. But overall it wasn't that bad. I wasn't prepared for it mentally because it was an emergency so I think my body took a little longer to heal! Now I am havinf my 3rd and know what to look forward to! I think if you could experience the vag birth....I would. As long as you and the baby are healthy enough for it. If by chance you don't or didn't like it, when you plan to have your second, you can always opt for a section. One of my friends had vag...but had a terrible time recovering...then had a section and thought it was a great recovery! To each is own...good luck on your decision...and your baby!

P.S. The scar is very minimal...they cut you maybe 4 inches across and it heals to be a very thin line! It also is bikini cut so no one whould know...good luck...

Robin - posted on 01/12/2010

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I had an emergency c-section after about a day and a half of labor. His umbilical cord was in a knot because he twisted around so much inside. This cause his heart rate to drop really low after i was induced in my second day of labor.

The day after my c-section i was walking around to visit him in the baby ICU. It was painfull, but once you keep moving around enough you get used to it and can manage the pain. At least that worked for me...everyone is different. I didnt feel any more pain after the second week. I wouldn't mind having another c-section if the aftermath is like this again.

Good luck with your choice.

Brandi - posted on 01/12/2010

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I have had 2 c=sections and i was scared in to it i feel as if i missed out on have a natural birth and also once you are cut you tummy is never the same!

Jamie - posted on 01/12/2010

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I did have a c-section with the first and a vaginal with the second, so yes you can try the other as long as you have no complication and there isnt a good reason you had to have the c-section such as a narrow birth canal and that.

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I had a very bad experience with my c-section, but had to have one because one of my twins was breech. I would recommend trying a natural birth unless their are any health reasons why you couldn't!

Lauren - posted on 01/12/2010

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I am also thinking of a C-Section. I am only 13 weeks, but I have so many chronic illnesses relating to my gastrointestinal and gastroesophageal systems that my major fear is ending up with more problems than I started with. This pregnancy has already been so hard on me and I really don't want to come out with worse problems in the end! I don't think anyone should tell you what to do. I really think it is what you are comfortable with. We haven't had the birthing talk with our doctor yet (that is at 18 weeks), but I would trust talking to my doctor, so just to see how they feel about it and your chances for risks and complications and if you are even a good candidate.

Claire - posted on 01/12/2010

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I had an emergency c-section after 12hrs of labour. My son was lying facing slightly to the left and there were serious concerns about whether he would fit through my pelvis even if he turned, plus I had been stuck at 9cm for over 3 hours. I had tried not to be too rigid in my birth plan, but the only thing I was certain of was that I didn't want a c-section, so when they told me I had to have one I was hysterical.



I had it under epidural and did not feel ANY pain. My partner held my hand the whole time and was still able to cut the cord etc. I was able to hold my son within minutes of him being born and I was also able to breastfeed. He came out at 4:55pm and I was up and walking (albeit slowly) the next morning at 9am. There was some discomfort for a few weeks afterwards, but not unbearable and the scar is fading rapidly (5 months on) and besides, it's so low even swimwear will hide it.



Considering how against c-sections I was before I can't really say anything bad about them now and I really can't imagine having to push a baby out now either - most of my friends who had natural births have ended up with painful tearing and stitches etc. anyway so their recoveries weren't much shorter than mine. I haven't made a firm decision as it will be a few years away yet, but I am seriously considering having an elective c-section next time.

Charlene - posted on 01/12/2010

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If you can have Vag birth go for it, because once you have csection that's usually all you get later . I had to get a csection like most people and it does cost more and is a worse recovery mainly when it comes to trying to roll over on your side to feed baby or anything. But it's up to you as long as you have a live in with you during the time I say go for it.

Serena - posted on 01/12/2010

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NO!!!! Natural is the easiest for recovery, and the scar I have from the c-section always makes me so self conscious! I had my 1st natural and the next two were both emergency c-sections. So I have the experience of both.

Jerlynda - posted on 01/12/2010

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i have 3 healthy wee boys all born by section was not my choice i was induced with my 1st who is 7 now and had a 72 hour labour which was painful and ended up with an emergency c section it was so scary but i was exhausted so i agreed and i was bed ridden for about 4 weeks it was extremely painful and i couldnt do anything my scar was very tidy and i am happy with the out come my second boy who is 5 was over due 16 days and i had an elective section and recovered very quickly and my last was a bit painful and i had a major complication and ended up with an infection and septicimia and back in hospital for a week but other than that i would have another c section as i guess it is all i know with birth but i have stopped at my wee boy who will be 2 in march i had a tubal ligation as im happy with 3 i would say go c section as every one is different and it is easier in the long run :P

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I was going to be induced but my labor didn't progress any so I had a choice of waiting longer not knowing if it would ever work or having a c-section. I chose a c-section and I was very pleased with it. I didn't have any complications and my son came out healthy. He had the cord wrapped around his neck which we didn't know about until they pulled him out so Im glad I didn't wait. The incision was small and healed quickly except I was allergic to the bandage.. the itch was horrible but nothing too major to complain about. The only thing I hated was since I had a c-section I had to stay 3 nights and that was the MOST uncofortable bed ever. But other than that... I loved my c-section and plan to have another with my next baby. Everyone is different, but thats my personal preferance.

Ashley - posted on 01/11/2010

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I wish i could have had a natural birth, my csection experience was absolutely horrible, i got a hematoma from the csection so everytime the nurses would push on my uterus (they do this after a csection and after a vaginal birth to help your uterus contract back to normal) i would be in serious pain and the nurses and doctors didnt realize i had the hematoma so they would push and i would scream (even on morphine it still hurt worse than anything) and i had 1 nurse that pushed and when i screamed she looked at me and said "it doesnt hurt that bad" that pissed me off. Anyways 2 weeks later i had to have my stomach reopened to get the hematoma removed.



I highly suggest trying for a natural birth, lots of walking (i didnt walk in the hospital because i thought i had to stay in bed). Based on my csection im scared to have more babies even though i want more i will refuse a csection (which i should have done with my son)



Whatever you choose good luck!

Andrea - posted on 01/11/2010

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In my opinion, if your are able to deliver your child naturaly, then that is the 'natural' way to go, and best for you and baby. However, if you NEED a c-section, don't be afraid of having one. I tried to have my son naturaly and his head was a bit too big to fit on his way out. lol. So, I ended up having a c-section. It wasn't my first choice, but it was best for me and for baby. Like I said, go natural, but if you NEED the c-section it is okay and don't be afraid.

Corinna - posted on 01/11/2010

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I had c-section with both my kids. 19 hours of forced labor and ended up with a c-section anyways when they forced my water to pop.

I wished i would have had the c-section first instead of going to 19 hours of forced labor. wasnt fun..

I had a choice with my second one to do natural and i chose CS.

Its just all a personal preference, im sure u will make the right choice. :)

Melissa - posted on 01/11/2010

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I haven't had a c-section but had my son natural and it was the best experience I could ask for and to also know that I could complete a task like that! Very rewarding!

Jessica - posted on 01/11/2010

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I had to have my first c-section due to my oldest was a breach baby, but when i came up pregnant with my youngest the doctor tried pushing me to have natural birth. Now I have heard many horror storys over natural birth, pain level, stretching, length of labor, again pain level. I am not a fan of pain. So I choose the c section and told them thats the way it was gonna be. I had my son at 3 ish and i was out of bed and moving around by 7 I felt great now beware i did get in trouble by the hospital staff for this but i couldnt just sit there. I want one more child and I will have a c section again. As for the scars they are side by side horizontally and you can't even see them unless you know where your looking.

Heather - posted on 01/11/2010

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I had my daughter completely natural and would NOT ever have opted for a csection. There absolutely is a time and a place for one, when the baby or the momma is in danger. I don't understand really why you would want your tummy cut open... my brother's wife had a csec and was out of it for 2 days, and than got a staph infection in her incision. I would highly recommend a regular birth, if nature allows it to go that way. I had absolutely no problems after wards, and I'm due in 6 weeks, and that is absolutely our plan again. I had my daughter all natural, and she was 8 lbs 7 ounces. YOU CAN DO IT GIRL!

Tiffany - posted on 01/11/2010

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i just had a c section i have had 2 and its not thatpainful at all and i was up walking the next morning if i was you i would get the c section..:)

Tamara - posted on 01/11/2010

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i had to have a emergency c setion with my son. i had no choice in the matter. i wanted to be able to have the bond of haveing him natural so that we could connect.. now no matter what i have to have a c-section with the rest of my children if i want any more. i will never get that chance and dont erge anyone to take a c-section ove natural. you wont be able to get it back if you have any regrets afterwards. just a little advice from someone who cares amd wishes i could have.

Jessica - posted on 01/11/2010

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i was jst reading a comment a couple before mine about how fluid gets squeezed off the baby when you deliver naturally but not when you have a c-section i had forgotten about that the most common issue it causes is the baby's temp to be too low. its not good for baby to have a low temp but one thing positive we took from it was that because i was kind of tired right after my husband was told to remove his shirt and put our son to his chest covered with a blanket to warm him up. It was such a bonding moment for the two of them! I guess my point is that there are risks no matter what you chose! You can bleed out badly with natural child birth just as you can with a c-section, you can get sick and throw up or poop on the table with natural child birth, you can get sick with c-section but they have cath. in so like the other woman said you wont pee everywhere lol and you probably won't throw up because if you feel sick they will give you something to make it stop. Surgery is always risky and always scary this is true, i do not remember being scared with my first i think that is because i was in so much pain but with my 2nd i was. luckily my mom walked me through what would happen since she was a nurse, she said "you will go into the operating room alone do not worry they will not forget about him, they have to get everything prepped, they give you the epidural, they lay you down with your arms out to the sides, they drape you, they bring in your husband, they tell you they are going to start and the surgery takes about 5 min, then the take baby to incubator to do the apgar test and dad can take pics at that time, they wrap up your baby give him to daddy to take over to meet you, by this time your almost all stitched up they take you to recovery for about an hr where you will breast feed baby if you choose then you get to come back to your room" for me the plus side to all of the negatives was that they allowed so much initial bonding time with my son and my husband! My husband even got to help get my son latched on when i was feeding him in the recovery room!

Ramona - posted on 01/11/2010

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It is best for the child to go natural, if possible. There can lots of complications from a c-section. I did not have a choice. I have had 2 c-sections but I WISH, I could have had a vaginal birth. My first child had breathing issues because they could not get all the fluid out of her lungs. In a vaginal birth it is all "squeezed" out....



Either way, it is your pregnancy and your body. I wish you the best of luck!

Jessica - posted on 01/11/2010

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I had 2 planned c-sections but with the 1st i went into labor early and had to wait about 7 hours for my surgery! Believe it or not there was a huge storm that day and i think 8 other women were in labor at the same hospital and 5 of them needed c-sections! i was at about 7cm before i got my turn and as much as it hurt after the surgery i still chose to have a c-section with my 2nd! the labor pains hurt way more! i was not given any kind of pain reliever prior to my surgery though so it may be different if you had an epidural or something of that nature! The other benefit to having a c-section is that you get a few extra days in the hospital. For moms with more than one child it can be kind of an inconvenience but luckily i had family to take care of my oldest son when i had my youngest! I dont know what the birth places are like where you are but where i live they are like a freaking hotel room! with room service and everything! it gave me that extra time to recover and not have to go from giving birth to being up all night with only the help of my husband who works 40+ hrs! the nurses were great they let me sleep the first cpl nights only waking me to feed my son. with my first this was harder for me to let them do i got terrible separation anxiety with both! With the 2nd though i knew i really needed the rest more than he needed me staring at him all night long! Also idk about anyone else but i had the baby blues badly with both of them! Not to be mistaken for post partum depression its not the same! I still wanted my baby and loved him and all that i jst cried non stop if anyone even looked at me wrong for the first few days as my hormones adjusted! really i dont think one way is better than the other because in the end things are still the same you end up with a beautiful baby and a crazy story to share with your friends! best of luck!

Tracey - posted on 01/11/2010

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i had my daughter by c-section... my doctor thought everything was gonna go perfectly i was at 3cm when i went into the hospital to be induced. after about 4 hrs there was no more progress and there were signs my daughter was becoming tired. so my doctor opted for a c-section after i was all numb everything turned upside down. i had a group of nurses in my room and they finished prepping me real quick and i was off to have my daughter. i'm glad they choose a c-section because i may not have my daughter right now she is 4yrs old. my recovery was decent. not a lot of pain and with being pregnant with my second i will have another c-section my first doctor did a great job my scar is low and nothing i dislike. my husband wants me to get it removed one day that way when i wear a low bathing suit no one will see it. i laughed no one will see it i have a low bathing suit and it still does not show. no one sees it but you and i. I would say if you can have a natural birth plan and go that route first. its the way god intended and you will be at the hospital if something goes wrong and you need a c-section then you will be were you can get the best care. but the decision is totally up to you and your doctor. and make sure when you have made your decision if to select a c-section make sure your doctor is aware of your wishes.

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Quoting Amanda:

I had 3 c sections, the first was kind of unexpected. I tried for 8 hrs to have him naturally. I stayed dilated to a 1 and wouldnt dialate anymore. And he was also a big baby 9lb 7oz 23inches long. My other two were, they were scheduled. My recovery was ok during all 3. My dr. used disolvable stiches so i didnt have to have any removed. It is major surgery, so i would go for the natural.



Omg, I wish I'd had stitches....I had staples...they suck, they pulled at my skin every time I got up and down which was often since I still had to pee a lot. And the itching about drove me CRAZY, that's something that I forgot to mention....I don't know what was worse the pain or the itching.

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You have a much faster recovery if you have it natural. I had an emergency c-section, I was in pain for months afterwards. It is something that you want to avoid if at all possible. Remember that it is major surgery. Anytime you have major surgery it is dangerous. They had problems with my blood pressure both after I got the epidural and after the c-section. Also, I shook uncontrollably from the moment they told me I was having one until about three hours after having my daughter. I was told it was normal and I have a friend who had a planned c-section and even though she knew it was coming she did the same thing. We also both cried uncontrollably as well. It's a very scary thing to go through. Another factor is that you will have to have catheter and will not be able to get out of bed for like 12 hours(they will not let you)...not that you would want to...you won't want to move. We had problems with my daughter the first day because I had a c-section all of the fluid in her didn't get pushed out like it does when the baby is born naturally. The nurse actually took her away and did something to help her because she was coughing, wheezing, gurgling, spitting up and having some trouble breathing because the fluid was causing her airway to be clogged up. So, it is definely better for both mommy and baby to have your baby naturally. I hope that helps.

Karrissa - posted on 01/11/2010

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I was in labor for 19 1/2 hours and then they decided to go the csection route, it was rough afterwards and your stomach is really never the same, but I didn't have to wear pads afterwards like i would have if i had a natural birth...they both are pretty much ranked the same if you are in hard long labor...I just wanted her out and was wore out I had horrible back labor, so I would now just opt for the csection...

Ashley - posted on 01/11/2010

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Definatly would go for vaginally! I had a C section and I wish I didn't. The recovery is long and more painfull. Your on a liquid diet 24-48 hours after and you pee threw a cathider. Not to mention left with a scar! DEFINATLY do it vaginally if its an option!

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I had an emergancy c-section after 40 hrs of labour, and felt jipped that i didnt get to have a natural birth! im hoping to have another one soon and am hoping to have a natural birth. c-sections are over rated after u have ur baby u have to be on morphene then strong pain killers, i couldn't remember my first couple of days of motherhood and u cant get out of bed for a day or 2, was not fun. Of course if you have to have one than u have to have one, i wouldn't choose to..Good luck!

Chez - posted on 01/11/2010

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One other thing if your worried about bonding with your baby don't. I held my 1st sons all the time straight after my c-section (2nd son was in ICU his lungs stopped growing at 28 weeks) If you are going to brest feed that will be your bonding time with your baby, You have chosen to have a c-section there for you know what is coming your not shocked but it while in labour, with my 1st son i had a 24hr labour before they rushed me in have a c-setion. I bonded fine with him.

Tarah - posted on 01/11/2010

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I had a natural birth and if i ever have another one i will be having a c-section my labour(55hours) and birth where so traumatic its been 9 weeks and i still havent healed properly from the tearing so i dont see how a c could be worst.

Megan - posted on 01/11/2010

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I suggest natural. I had a emergency cesection. For some reason I just didnt have the same gratification of "wow" i just gave birth. giving birth IS THE passage to mother hood.

Chez - posted on 01/11/2010

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My 1st son was emergency c-section and i did to much in the 1st day and have to get a morphine shot my second was a c-section (i chose to have another) The 1st 24hrs after i rest didn't move, the 1st time i got up after both c-section i passed out. ( might be diff for you) I only had pain meds for 4 days after both c-sections and i was driving after 12 days. You still have to take it easy for a few weeks now working out for 6 to 8 weeks. But after my second i was picking up my 2 year old after about 2 or 3 days. I'm am a fast healer. I would not change having a c-section. Good luck,

If you fine with blood ask to see him or her born, I watch my hole c-section start to finish and dr's are amazing.

Alina - posted on 01/11/2010

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no way! ive had both and i recommend natural birth! the c section was horrible and took forever to heal and im still never gonna be right again and its been over 2 years now. with my naturals, i was up and at them in no time and healed fast.

Melissa - posted on 01/11/2010

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i had to have an emergency c-section - the baby turned and i was 9 cm dialted! when my doctor stitched me up they did suchers and NOT staples. i had an easy recovery and the suchers did not need to be removed. my neighbor had a section 3 weeks after me and she had staples - i guess she thought they were painful - not sure if it's mind over matter - but check with you doctor to see what she/he does. all doctors are different - i heard this from the nurses and some are better at sections than others! luckily i had a good doctor!!

Amber - posted on 01/11/2010

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I had all 3 of my boys by c section. my first the dr found out that he was going to be over 10lbs so i went in for a c section. the next day after surgery i was up walking around, it is hard to use the potty after a c section but its worth it. my 2nd c section was a little bit more harder on me but i pulled thru and my 3rd c section was a breeze! good luck.

Twyla - posted on 01/11/2010

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i planned a natural birth, after my doc recommended an emergancy c-section my baby came out 8'7 very broad shoulders and the cord twice around her neck, so it worked out for the best but i say go for natural because im sure its an amazing experience but do have faith in ur doc if they recommend a c-section.

Ashley - posted on 01/11/2010

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I had a c-section because of failure to progress and I am so glad it turned out that way...My recovery was rocky for the first few days but I got pain meds to take home which helped...after about a week at home I felt almost completely back to normal.

Claire - posted on 01/11/2010

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Well i had natural with my first and he was 10 pound 9 and he ended up giving me a 4th degree tear so when i had my other 3 children i had to have c-section with medical reasons! They were both was hard with the recovery but i did prefer c-section, but if its your first i would have natural as its an amazing feeling! Hope that helps you.

Holly Jay - posted on 01/11/2010

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hi! i dont want to sound negative as this is only my opinion and everyone is diffrent but i had a c section and really wished i could of had a natural birth! the pain after the c section was the worst thing i have ever know, not because it hurt so much but also because i had this new born baby next to my hospital bed that i couldnt even comfort, my daughter. it felt unreal going to sleep pregnant and waking up a mum! the first thing i asked the nurse was " have i had a baby" it was really sad, when it should of been a happy day! on the plus side you get injections for the pain afterwards which really helped! but this is only my experience! my friend also had a c section and was put to sleep and was fine 4 days later! maybe im not very good with handling pain! the way i see it is its gonna hurt either way so i would of rather have got it over and done with! rather than deal with the pain whilst trying to bond with my new baby! anyway this is only 1 persons point of view...just do what you think is best and good luck with everything xx

Kelly - posted on 01/11/2010

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first i would like to say this is a major decision because if you try c-section before natural more than likely you won't be able to but if it turned out you choose c-section and don't like it for whatever reason you won't be able to change your mind next time,i had my son natural and i had a very hard time because my pelvis was to narrow and he ended up getting stuck on the way out the nurse had to climb on top of me to push him out, now with my daughter i was to have a scheduled c-section which turned into emergency due to excess fluid on me and her although i can say myself it was much better than natural, but everyone is different, some do better with natural and some better with c-section so good luck with everything i hope everything goes well i'm sure you will make the right choice for yourself.

Jamie - posted on 01/11/2010

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i have had c-section and natural. I recommend c-section for recovery because you don't have all the vaginal pain from pushing and all. The scar from c-section is hardly visible!Either way is fine. I had a vbac with my second child. I had epidurals both ways and i didnt have any pain during birth either way. I enjoyed the birth of both of my kids. But remember everyone has different experiences and complication, though i got lucky enough to have no major complications i only had a c-section because my daughter was breech!

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