Delivery of your child is the most important event in a mother’s life. We have our right to choose the birth mode of our child. However, for me, C-section was not a choice. It was compulsory.
My first baby was breech and my doctor was extremely curious to know why the baby was breech. Everything seemed fine. I planned to schedule an ECV (External cephalic version) to boost my chances for vaginal birth as well but later refrained upon knowing the risks again. Like all women, I wanted to have a vaginal delivery too but alas, this was not meant to be. I opted for an elective c-section thinking about the ECV risks. Immediately after the surgery, I asked my doctor, “Why?”
She looked at me and said, “You have a uterine septum, Fatmah. That’s the reason why the baby didn’t turn (as in head-down position) as there was little space. We can’t give you a VBAC after this either. It’s risky for you and your child. So, C-section is how you are going to have your babies”.
Yes, truly, I felt cheated at first. This was not how I thought I’d have my babies. My mind was set on traditional labor and here I was under the knife of surgeons who would make an incision in my belly, take out my baby and stitch me up after I bear the 10-month pregnancy period. It took me a while to settle into this thought after which my second C-section turned out to be a blessing for me. Yes, it’s painful. People believe we deliver babies the easy way without any pain but they are wrong.
Recovery after C-section takes twice the effort compared to the vaginal delivery. As I was mentally prepared for my second Cesarean, recovery took little time. It is important that a woman who delivers via C-section to visualize her recovery in advance so the effect could commence immediately after the surgery. To ensure quick recovery from c-section, here are some pointers:
• Visualize your surgery and recovery. If this is your first-time, it would be tough but you may try asking around other women (whose experiences were positive) of the surgery. Think positive and remember, this with this surgery, you will not lose any part of your organ but instead gain a new baby!