- 4 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
Only you can decide what’s best for you.
First, as other ladies have pointed out, see if your doc will even do a section without a medical reason. I know I recently had a patient to wanted one because she was scared of the birth and nervous about her vagina afterwards and her doc wouldn’t do the section without a medical reason.
Second, there are horror stories and great stories for both vaginal and c-section. But the real horror stories are the rarity these days. Whatever ends up happening, you and your baby will be fine.
Third, my best friend had a really hard vaginal delivery with induction, back labor, an epidural that wore out and her blood pressure spiked so high they had to give her another, a third degree tear and lots of stitches. For her second she had a pretty straighforward planned c-section because baby was breech. She says if she had to do it again, she’d do the vaginal. Even with a rough vaginal delivery, it was better than the section. She had an infection at the incision site that required an extra day in the hospital and had bad pain for weeks and mild pain for months. Which was aggravated whenever she tried to hold or nurse her baby. To this day, she still has a numb spot over the incision. And she said her vaginal still hurt even after the c-section!
Personally, I had a vaginal delivery last year. 21 hours of labor, including 2 hours of pushing. I didn’t take any med and while the contractions were painful, they were manageable and once I got in the bath tub, it really wasn’t bad at all. For me, pushing was the hardest part, but you power through and then you get this lovely little baby that you can hold right away and nurse right away. I did end up needing some stitches and they were uncomfortable when sitting straigh up for, maybe a week, but never really painful. If I do it again, I’ll definintely try for a vaginal.