My C-Section Experience
As a first-time Mom and one who comes from a family where all women had normal deliveries, I was terribly misinformed about what to expect during the labor and birth of my child. Normal delivery was the absolute norm and I refused to even think of a C-section as an alternate option.
I was induced at 8 pm and my doctor advised that I would begin to have contractions in the next three hours. 10 hours later, the contractions were no where to be felt. After an examination, they tried once more and by mid-morning I began to have slight contractions. The pain initially seemed bearable and I walked around, took a shower and waited patiently. By 8 pm (almost 24 hours after being induced) the doctor felt that I was not dilated enough. She was going to try one last time if not, c-section was the only option. I still remember being in tears when l suddenly felt a gush and a little while later was moved to the labor room.
- Be informed and know what situations will warrant an emergency C-section. Discuss the differences between Normal vs. C-section, Induced vs. Planned etc.
- Make an informed choice based on your health during your pregnancy and the possibility of an emergency c-section. It will give you some idea of what to expect.
- Discuss what will happen after-delivery: when will you be able to walk, when breastfeeding can begin, general well-being after a C-section, pain and sensation after a C-section. The after-delivery plan is equally important for your well being and is often forgotten once the baby is born.
- Your recovery time in the hospital and what precautions you will need to take after delivery.
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