C-sections are not a topic I thought I’d ever write about, but on Monday I found out that I am almost definitely going to have to get one due to a low lying placenta (basically borderline placenta previa). After 23 weeks in prenatal yoga learning how to breath, position myself and battle my fears of pain, I was feeling ready to have a natural birth. I had learned a ton about the cons of c-sections–how they are unnatural, increase the chance of infections, can affect the baby’s health, and so one–and I was committed to avoiding one. I never thought I’d be part of that small percentage where a cesarean is the only safe option.
Needless to say I was quite disappointed with the news, but in the last day I have had a ton support which has really helped me feel better about all of this. When my yoga instructor–a total advocate for natural all the way–agreed with my doctor’s approach, I felt more acceptance of the new plan. Should natural birth not be an option at all, at least I know that the cesarean is not for the doctor’s convenience or the hospital’s liability, it’s so the baby and I don’t die.
So with that morbid bit out of the way, I wanted to list some pros of having a planned c-section for all of those women out there who wanted to go natural but can’t and need a bright outlook on things. Most of these I’ve gotten from the many wonderful women in my life. I love you ladies! If you have any more to add to the list, please let me know 😉
The Benefits Of Having A Planned C-Section:
1. You can plan your life better. When out of town family members are calling and asking you when they should come, you can actually give them a date.
2. You can return to bedroom activity sooner.
3. You can go into the hospital with your hair and makeup done (and you don’t have to shave your legs).
4. Since you know the day of your child’s birth, it’ll feel like Christmas Eve every day leading up to it.
5. You won’t be exhausted by the time you get to see your child.
6. You don’t have to worry about incontinence post-pregnancy.
7. No episiotomy!