• R
  • Austin, United States
  • 9 months ago

C-Section or Vaginal Birth?

Here I am.. pregnant with my first baby.. supposed to be filling out my birth plan to discuss with my doctor in the next week BUT I am stuck between whether or not I should schedule a C-section to avoid strenuous labor hours or endure the emotional marathon of vaginal birth with my family in the same room? I have been told several times that a C-section is without a doubt the safest way to deliver a baby, considering its a more controlled environment.. but I really wanted to have that instant moment of skin to skin with a vaginal birth! Wondering if any other Mama has any experience with this same dilemma..
  • C
  • Linlithgow, United Kingdom
  • 2 days ago

Unless you have complications and there is a good reason for a c-section, vaginal birth is ALWAYS safer for you and your baby. There are many complications to c-sections but people only talk about bad stories of vaginal births. I have had three lovely births and delivered many babies (I am a midwife). I would chose vaginal over c-section in a heartbeat. Home births are even better if that's an option (I had my little boy at home and it was an amazing experience and so relaxed!). Also bear in mind c-section is major surgery and recovering from it whilst looking after a baby is very tough (along with all the risks of infections and complications with anaesthetic...etc).

  • C
  • Toronto, Canada
  • 2 days ago

I had an emergency c section but wanted a Vaginal birth so badly but didn’t end up happening! I would honestly try the vaginal birth first I heard recovery time is way easier! For my c-section it takes about 6 weeks to recover and you can’t left anything heavier then your baby! But for me I was good within a week after the c section and was walking around and everything it was a very easy recovery for me!!! If and when I have a second I want to do a Vaginal birth! In all honesty sometimes what you plan doesn’t always happen!! Just have a open mind when it is time to give birth sometimes things happen like me when he breached last minute and his heart rate went up so high!

  • S
  • CA
  • 2 days ago

Vaginal birth. It’s a quicker recovery and safer option. C section is only for situations when the doctor seems it to be necessary. I was on the fence too up until I was 6 months pregnant and I just decided to go natural and it was the best and safest decision

  • K
  • Zeeland charter Township, United States
  • 23 days ago

I think it is important to try to have a vaginal birth, and if needed have a c-section if natural birth isn't an option. There are important healthy bacterias that live in the birth canal, and it's healthy for the baby to be exposed to these bacterias during birth. The recovery time for a natural birth is much shorter than the recovery time for a c-section as well. A c-section is major surgery! They cut thru the abdominal muscles and into your uterus, leaving you with scar tissue internally and externally. I have a dear friend who had an elective c-section and sadly she became addicted to the pain killers that are a necessary part of recovery after surgery. The female body is built for child birth, and you'll bounce back to your normal self much quicker with a vaginal birth. Weigh your options, do some research... But in my opinion you should be the warrior you were made to be and try birthing naturally! 💋

  • M
  • IN, US
  • 22 days ago

I agree with what you are saying. However I didn’t need any pain meds after my c section. I just made sure not to lift my almost one year old at the time and had lots of help from my mom and sister. I called my sister at 8am once so she could get my kid out of the crib and she was there within minutes. It definitely takes a toll on your body and I would say definitely try for natural birth!

  • M
  • IN, US
  • 24 days ago

Ok....I have had both. I had a vaginal birth with my first. Went great. No complications. I didn’t rip and my child came out healthy. He was a little premature so he wound up with pneumonia because his lungs didn’t open up all the way. My second child was supposed to be vaginal but since my doctor was out of town I was pressured into having a c section. Not recommended. Whoever tells you it’s the safest way is wrong. It’s not safe since you will be cut open. It exposes you to more infections. Vaginal birth is the natural way it should happen and since this is your first child I would say vaginal. Because if you decide to have another baby you will have to have another c section. Unless you find a doctor and hospital that does a vbac (vaginal birth after c-section). That is what I had for my third child. And again went great. Contractions were more painful than first but my daughter cane out beautifully and healthy. And I’m still here as well. So if you are polling on this I vote vaginal birth.

  • C
  • Toronto, Canada
  • 2 days ago

You can have a Vaginal birth after a c-Section 18 months after the C section you don’t have to have another one! Mine was an emergency C section because he breached last minute and his heart rate was going crazy!! But they said my next child I can have a vaginal birth no problem if it’s after 18 months of the c section which we are planning anyways

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