Babies surely do bring a lot of happiness into a home. They alter your life forever bringing both happiness and sorrow. Happiness with all of their triumphs and sadness and sorrow with their defeats and misfortunes. Child birth has brings its own set of problems. The delivery being the most painful. Natural birth and a Caesarean are both difficult and the only difference is that natural birth pains during the birthing process and the C-section pains during recover.
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Unfortunately, I had a C-section. I wanted to write about the entire birthing experience but for that I would have to get better and recover fully. For now I will share with you the week after the operation. Just for your information a caesarean is usually performed when a vaginal delivery puts the baby’s or mother’s life or health at risk, although in recent times it has also been performed on request for childbirths that could otherwise have been natural.
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I consider myself a very strong and dedicated person and I never thought I would have to undergo a C section. Both of my sisters in law had normal deliveries (vaginal births) twice over. I was very active throughout my pregnancy and towards the end of my term I worked out for 1-2 hours daily. When the time finally came I did get labour pains and went through it for many hours with no avail finally at around 10 pm on the 9th of July my obstetrician used her discretion and I was forced to go in for the operation.
It was an hour long ordeal and because of the anaesthesia i got up at around 3 a.m. My first glimpse was of my husband carrying our baby in his hands. He must have been on top of the world. How I wanted to reach out and hold her as well and to enable this he decided to raise the bed up and let me hold my sweet heart. The nurse declined that request and I guess it was for health reasons. Kapil then showed me her snaps. She was a stranger to me outside my womb although we beat as one for almost nine months. She was a bit swollen and that gave her a funny look but that was because of the 12 hour birthing ordeal that both she and I had to go through.
Sleep is like gold at times like these and when I woke up I was in terrible pain. There is a gnawing thirst but I was not allowed any fluids for 24 hours. My aunt fortunately wet my lips by giving me a tea spoon of water 3 – 4 times a day.
In medical terms : The lower uterine segment C section is the procedure most commonly used today; it involves a transverse cut just above the edge of the bladder and results in less blood loss and is easier to repair. If you think it doesn’t sound too bad then you are gravely mistaken. Looking at my condition and what I went thru depressed me a lot. It is only a matter of 24 hours before the nurses make you walk. The stiches pull at your skin as many layers of fat and skin are stitched together. It is at times like this that one just cannot control their emotions and I cried a lot. I craved for my previous life. I wanted it back badly.
Luckily, my cousin sister was there with me and she would scold me and pep me up at the same time. She would reassure me non-stop telling me that I would be fine within 10 days and that the pain will be long forgotten. Coincidently she herself has had 3 C sections and she is not unhealthy in anyways. That was very encouraging and it gave me a lot of strength.
You know it’s also in the mind. Sometimes the body can tolerate the pain but the mind says that you’ve just been operated and your tummy’s been cut. It weakens you. I would like to encourage every woman reading this. God forbid you have to ever have a C section. If you do no doubt there will be pain but then do remember that the cut that you’ve got is there because of the wonderful gift given only to us women. The gift and ability to bring life into the world. It is a blessing that you should treasure. You are going to leave the hospital with a priceless gift. You cannot compare the pain to the joy of having the child.
I will keep writing….look out for more articles and updates from me on my recovery. My family is concerned about my health and they do not encourage me to sit for long in front of the computer. I will also be giving you updates on my diet and effort to lose weight as a PCOs patient. Hope ! My experience will help out few of the expected moms to be …..God bless.
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