So you may know by now that my twins were born by c-section, and it was elective (planned) because it was in my best interest to deliver that way. The decision of a c-section was presented to me in my third trimester, so I had a bit of time to research about it; which was both a good and bad thing (don’t click on images 😩).
However, for some women, a c-section may be the last resort because of some unexpected complications that arise during labour.
As with all routes of childbirth, there is no amount of research that can prepare you for what is to come.
So I’d like to share all the things Google failed to tell me about c-sections:
1. It’s not the “easy way out” – having a natural birth is always celebrated, but you didn’t push your baby out,so what? You won’t be any less of a mother.
2. You will have to sign consent – it is a major operation and cannot be done against your will or without your consent, so even if you are inbetween contractions or high on gas and air, you will have to physically sign your consent.
3. You will meet your baby in minutes – after being prepped, the process does not take long at all and your baby will be out so quickly.
4. You won’t see anything – a large sheet will be put up so you can’t see the very bloody mess.
5. Six weeks healing time is accurate – motions that you once took for granted will be almost impossible in the early days, for example, forget trying to tie your own shoe laces.
6. Humble yourself and accept help – I was a young mum so wanted to do so much on my own so I didn’t feel like a burden, but the reality is that you have to accept all offered help and not to be shy to ask for help.
7. You may feel mum guilt – a sense of disappointment because you didn’t get to push. But the sense of guilt is normal if it does not last too long.
8. Emotional support is necessary – a c-section is something you would have never experienced before, so it’s important to talk about how you feel.
9. You will need lots of painkillers – for many weeks, you are likely to be dependent on painkillers.
10. Week by week, you will feel better – slowly, you’ll be able to do all the things you used to do, which is so uplifting.
Rest assured, one day, you will feel completely recovered.
As always, thank you for reading.