• R
  • Austin, United States
  • 12 days 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..
  • S
  • PA, US
  • 12 days ago

My hospital didn't let a c section happen unless medically necessary or emergency. But I had a vaginal birth and I've heard c section is a longer recovery. I went in for an induction and didn't get into actual labor til day 3 but it progressed quickly from there within a couple hours and I only ended up pushing for 30 mins.

  • C
  • ENG, GB
  • 25 days ago

I’ve had 2 emergency c-sections with my 2 boys, and then went on to have a vaginal birth with my daughter. C-sections are easier in the sense that you don’t have hours of labour, but it takes at least 10-12 weeks of if recovery, making it harder to do simple things at home and even picking up your baby can be very sore for a while. Whereas a normal healthy vaginal birth might be painful during labour, you heal a lot faster. Vaginal birth is also much better for baby, as it gives him/her hormones which prepare them for life outside of the womb. I know the current situation is quite scary, but having a vaginal birth would still be better for baby, and if baby did become ill, they’d most likely not be as ill due to the benefits of skin to skin contact

  • S
  • NJ, US
  • about 1 month ago

Natural only for me. I don't prefer surgery unless absolutely necessary.

  • J
  • SCT, GB
  • about 1 month ago

I had a vaginal birth with both my kids it wasnt a problem but with my daughter she gave me a wee cut but my wee boy they had to induce me for me to have him but both labour wasnt bad with my daughter a dient really have any pain relief part from before I had her and with my wee boy a had every painkiller with the pain of being induced

  • N
  • ENG, GB
  • about 1 month ago

I had to have a c section as needed one but had already had two vaginal births previously and can honestly say the recovery after a c section was soo much harder, it’s more sterile and scary in general yes baby was out very quickly doctors were fantastic and baby was delivered safely but I struggled with recovery I need to inject myself daily in the tummy to make my blood clot my scar came open and I had to go back to hospital after three days of being home I couldn’t walk properly wear certain clothes.Looking back I would of had a vaginal birth in a heartbeat as recovery is so much better and that’s after need stitches with my first daughter.The choice ultimately is yours and how you feel but you should always think of recovery time after xx

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