(Closed) Who would rather have a c-section?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 47
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@mixtaperomance:  You will still produce milk, but it can take longer for your body to change from colostrum to milk.

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@lovekiss:  I knowwwwwww.  It’s literally shocking to me :/

Post # 48
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@Chrissy26:  My thought’s exactly, I hope that was a bad joke. I’d rather have a premature baby than get fat???

Post # 49
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Helper bee
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@ilovebogart:  research actually doesn’t agree that pelvic floor is decreased in csection only moms. 

Post # 50
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I would have a c-section if it was an emergency and I had to but I would opt for a vaginal birth because the recovery time is way less.

Post # 51
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@lovekiss:  yes. Yes. Yes. It’s quite shocking to me, really. 

Post # 52
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Sugar Beekeeper
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@idoalterations: I would not choose a c-section over a vaginal delivery personally and I’m not a supporter of elective c-sections.  It’s major surgery that takes longer to recover from, and vaginal delivery offers certain benefits to baby that a c-section doesn’t.  I’ll definitely be getting an epidural though!  And of course if I have to get a c-section for some reason, I absolutely will and not put up a stink about it. But, I hope I will have a vaginal birth (even though it scares the shit out of me!)

Post # 53
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Busy bee
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A friend who had a normal c-section for fetal distress was hospitalized a week later with sepsis (a bad infection) in her wound. She was very ill, couldn’t take care of her baby, and had a very difficult recovery.

Abdominal wall surgery is never a “little thing” to heal from. Stitches “down there” are on the surface fascia or, at worst, through a single layer of muscle wall. Abdominal surgery requires one, if not two, layers of stitches in your uterine wall alone, and stitching through your abdominal muscles, fat, and fascia. Surgery should never be looked at as “routine,” and risks should always be considered. It may seem like a simpler option when looking at all the factors in a labor and vaginal birth, but it truly is more complicated.

I just looked, and the World Health Organization has withdrawn its previous recommendation for an overall C-section rate of less than 15%. (The US is currently more than double this — 33% c-section rate.) However, I’m still of the opinion that for a seriously invasive procedure with real risk of complication, C-sections are performed far more often than truly medically necessary.

 

Post # 54
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Buzzing bee
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I had an emergency c-section with my first child.  It was highly suggested that I schedule a c-section for this one as I am not a good candidate for a VBAC, an thus the chance of problems are not worth it to me.  I am allowed to schedule from 39 weeks on (we are very very sure about the date), I will however be scheduling for the day before my due date or 2 days after, if I go into labor before that they will do a c-section.  I have to say that while I would have prefered vaginal births, I had an amazing experience with my c-section.  I imagine this one being planned will be an even easier recovery (versus going through the entire labor first).

I totally understand why a woman would think she would prefer a c-section despite advantages of a vaginal birth.  Mental/emotional wellbeing is very important and it’s not just about physical pain. If a woman has a legitimate fear (not just normal worries/scaredness) it can severely hinder her labor/recovery and a c-section might be the better option.

Post # 55
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Sugar bee

Had two kids with vaginal delivery.

Honestly, I am so glad that I did not have a C-section because I don’t want stitches on my stomach so yes, it is mainly for vanity reasons.

Also, the healing is much more difficult.

Yeah, I got stitches but they heal/dissolve quickly. It’s not like you see them when they heal.

 

Post # 56
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Sugar bee

Also, for me, after the epidural, it was a piece of cake. Didn’t have an epidural with my daughter though (was dilated too much).

ADditionally, how do you know you will go through many hours of labor? My labor just lasted for 5 to 6 hours with both of them.

Post # 57
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Busy bee
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I would not choose to have a c-section unless there was an emergency threatening my life or the life of my baby. 

Post # 58
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@idoalterations:  Me! I definitely want an elective C-section. That is the only way I will have kids because I’m pretty sure I’d have a massive panic attack or stroke out if I had to push one through my vag!!!!

Post # 59
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 As another nurse here, I will agree with the pp, Iam fairly certain every organization EBP advises against elective c section without a medical reason. Abdominal surgery is never routine or minor, they are cutting through your core muscles. The ACoG reccomendations are for certain no elective c sections before 39 weeks. http://www.acog.org/Resources_And_Publications/Committee_Opinions/Committee_on_Obstetric_Practice/Cesarean_Delivery_on_Maternal_Request

For me personally, I will only have a c section if it is an emergency. I am one of those nuts people who want an unmedicated birth, but am not object to medical intervention, but women’s bodies are made for childbirth and I believe in at least letting mine try it’s best. Because research shows once you start interventions they frequently casacde into more. 

Post # 60
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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No, I would never choose to have one.  Obviously most people are open to it in case of an emergency, which I am as well.  I would never opt for major surgery just because I was afraid of childbirth.  There seem to be benefits to giving birth vaginally and I don’t think minor worries (pooping on the table, tearing) should outweigh those benefits.  Yes, some women do have more serious tears, but most do not.  And everyone who has pooped on the table…I’m sure the overwhelming majority will probably tell you they did not even care or even notice at the time. I’d rather have a few stitches down there for a week than have to go through major surgery and recovery.

Your body is meant to labor and deliver vaginally so that is what I would want.  I also don’t want to be induced either!  I tend to like things natural.

I’m not sure why you would base wanting a csection on your families experience.  Maybe that would be your experience, but maybe not.  You really never know until you try.  I think it’s silly to assume that will automatically happen to you, sorry!

Post # 61
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I just want to point out that your vagina is MADE to birth babies. I know the idea of labor is scary because its unknown, but its really not a terrifying traumatic experience! Did it hurt? Yeah, but so does stubbing the everloving crap out of your toe. Do you dread everything on earth stubbing your toe? Not so much. 

 

I had an episiotomy and 13 stitches in my most special place and I would take that any day over abdominal surgery when given the choice. I labored for eight hours without an epidural (on pitocin) and another eight with an epidural. My doctor gave me the choice of a c-section and i gave her the big hell no. I was exhausted (like more exhausted than you could ever imagine if you have never labored) but i did not want to be exhausted and have to recover from surgery. Modern medicine is your friend. Its there to make things more comfortable. You would never volunteer to have an elective proceedure done without things for your comfort, why turn it down during birth. I wanted a natural birth, but after eight hours of agony I was ready for a different approach. Your doctor is going to do what’s best for you. Just because your family doesn’t birth well, doesn’t mean you won’t either. 

 

TL;DR: Go in with an open mind. You may not get any say any way. 

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