6 C-Section Facts

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While c-sections can certainly be scary, a lack of information can make them even scarier. Most women have heard c-section horror stories or a laundry list of reasons why they are horrible. However, if your doctor wants you to have a c-section, it is usually because it is medically necessary. Whether or not you are scheduled to have a c-section, you should know these six facts:

You’ll Be Cold

Being that you have very little clothes on, you are numb from the waist down and lying still for an extended period of time, it should be little surprise that you will probably be very cold.

You Can Breastfeed

Contrary to popular belief, you can in most cases breastfeed after you give birth if you had an epidural instead of general anesthesia. You will probably need help with latching, however.

You May Feel Some Tugging

While you may not feel any pain, you will probably feel some tugging and discomfort. The tugging you feel will be the doctors lifting the baby out of you.

Recovery Will Take Longer

Recovering from a c-section typically takes about 6 weeks. In contrast, recovering from a vaginal birth usually takes one to two weeks to recover from.


You’ll Have a Hard Time “Going”

After your c-section, you will have some difficulty using the bathroom. Walking as soon as possible and using a stool softener should help with this.


You Can Still Have a VBAC

While some tend to think that after having two or more c-sections you cannot have a VBAC, or vaginal birth after c-section, studies show that this is not true though. For most women, it doesn’t matter how many c-sections they have had you can still have a VBAC.
Most importantly, having a c-section does not make you any less of a mother or woman. Never let anyone make you feel ashamed for not having the “ideal” birth experience. Cherish yours as unique to you.

By: Alecia Stanton

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