Vaginal Birth Vs. C-Section: Pros & Cons

Cesarean and normal delivery

Aha! That’s the feeling of pregnancy for the first time. These fortunate moments can never be expressed fully in words. At the same time, there are lot of doubts and fears which a woman develops about her pregnancy.

Vaginal delivery and C-Section

 

Common Fears during Pregnancy

Don’t be scared with your fears as it is natural. The same happens with every other pregnant woman too.

  • How safe is my baby?
  • Will I be able to survive the labor pain?
  • Will I have a normal delivery?
  • What if I get the C-sec surgery?
  • Will I be able to take care of my newborn?

When it’s time for Baby’s birth

When your 9 months period of pregnancy is almost over, it’s time for the baby to step into your world. This can happen in two ways:

  • Either a vaginal birth or normal delivery;
  • Or a surgical delivery by Cesarean section

The successful delivery is beyond the method of delivery but the ultimate goal is to ensure that the baby is healthy and so is the mother.

Let’s have some more clarity on the Pros and Cons of both these methods.

PROS OF VAGINAL DELIVERY

For Mother

  • The skin to skin contact during vaginal delivery ensures a stronger bond between the mother and the baby.
  • The recovery time is much lesser. The mother may feel fully recovered and energetic in almost a week.
  • The scarring and stitches are eliminated in this procedure. Thus the number of hospital visits are also fewer. 

For Baby

  • The baby is prepared to come out of the womb.
  • When the baby is being pushed out from the vagina, the lungs expel the amniotic fluids filled in them. This helps in allowing normal breathing of the baby and reduces chances of respiratory problems.
  • Breastfeeding is possible immediately after the birth.
  • The child is less prone to allergies.
  • The baby ingests some protective bacteria while coming out of the womb. This helps boost the child’s immunity.

CONS OF VAGINAL DELIVERY

For Mother

  • The time of childbirth remains uncertain; and it cannot be scheduled.
  • Labor process requires the mother to bear immense pain of labor and go through physical stress. The duration of labor may vary from an hour or two hours of pushing to almost 18 hours before your baby is born.
  • Injuries may be sustained during delivery and this may cause sexual problems.
  • Complications may arise during labor pain affecting baby’s heart rate. Such situations may demand emergency C-section.

For Baby

  • If the baby is large, there are chances of needing assistance during delivery with suction cups or forceps.
  • The baby can suffer from injuries like dislocation of bone etc. while passing through the vagina.
  • There is a risk of birth trauma.

vaginal birth and Cesarean delivery

PROS OF C-SECTION DELIVERY

For Mother

  • If it is a planned procedure, parents get the advantage of planning the birth.
  • It eliminates the long hours of labor and the stress which comes along with it.
  • Sexual problems are avoided in this process.

For Baby

  • The baby is safer from physical injuries during delivery.
  • The baby gets protected from any infections which can be transmitted from the mother.

CONS OF C-SECTION DELIVERY

For Mother

  • It has a longer recovery period which requires stay at hospital for 3 to 4 days after delivery. After discharge from hospital, the body may take around six weeks’ time to heal completely.
  • Breastfeeding is a great experience of motherhood. In case of C-section, the breastfeeding process might be delayed till the drugs are cleared from the blood stream. Breastfeeding has an impact on the bonding between the mother and the baby.
  • Blood loss and risk of infection is higher. This also means that the number of hospital visits is increased.
  • The mortality rates for both babies and mother is higher.

For Baby

  • The human intervention in the process of birth may not be aligned with the baby’s expectation of coming out of the mother’s womb.
  • In some cases, the baby is seen facing respiratory problems.

Now that you know the pros and cons of both the methods, relax and strengthen your emotional bond with the baby. It’s time to enjoy each moment of your pregnancy.

Cesarean Section – What You Need To Know

C-section Delivery

It is human for every couple to face the dilemma of this big question – “Whether they should go with the traditional method of child birth or with the modern Cesarean or C-section birth?” Let’s know all about C-section.

C-Section

Why C-section?

Every woman wishes to have the vaginal delivery. It is best that the expectant parents should meet their gynecologist and take their counsel on the birthing plan. This will give them clarity on the risks and benefits associated with delivery method.

There can be planned C-section cases where vaginal birth is visibly too risky. Some such conditions are:

  • Planned C-section happens when the woman is expecting twins or multiples.
  • It can also be in case of some medical condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • Another situation where C-sec becomes necessary is when the woman develops some infection which could pass to the baby during vaginal birth. HIV or genital herpes are some examples.
  • If the woman experiences problem with the placenta, the doctor needs to opt for C-sec delivery.

What is C-section?

A caesarean section (C-section) is a major abdominal surgery to lift the baby out through the incision made above your bikini line.

It can be a planned (elective) C-section where you already know that the mode of delivery would be through C-sec. An emergency C-section is when your gynecologist and the team decides in that moment that C-section is going to be safer way of delivering the baby.

Benefits of C-section

  • Although vaginal birth is a natural process, a C-section is more convenient and predictable.
  • It is possible to pre-plan your delivery.
  • It helps in mentally preparing yourself for the abdominal surgery.
  • The stress and anxiety is lower.
  • There is lesser risk associated with pain during sex.

Benefits of C-Section

Risks associated with C-section

  • The pain lasts longer and the recovery time is much longer. It also requires a longer hospitalization, usually of 3-4 days, and may extend further in case of complication.
  • The number of hospital visits increase in this process.
  • There is a high probability of developing infection in the wound or the lining of the womb.
  • In some cases where there are problems with placenta or bleeding during pregnancy, it may likely lead to excessive bleeding. This may also require blood transfusion or may force doctor to remove the womb.
  • There is a threat of developing further complications because of the use of anesthesia.
  • Skin to skin touch immediately after the birth plays a significant role in building the emotional bond between the mother and the baby. However, after a C-section, the woman takes time to come out of anesthesia before she can feel the baby. This may be delayed further depending on her pain.
  • Breastfeeding needs to be delayed till the effect of anesthesia in the blood stream disappears.
  • Once you have a C-section delivery, the chances of giving birth through normal delivery become feeble.
  • The mortality rate for the mother is higher in cesarean delivery.
  • There might be complications in getting pregnant too. The problems in future pregnancies can be stillbirth, miscarriage or low-lying placenta.
  • A C-section may sometimes lead to heart attack.
  • The baby might need to be admitted to the neonatal unit for stabilizing.
  • There are chances of baby facing breathing problems. This can be because the amniotic fluid is not expelled naturally from the baby’s lungs.
  • The child may face weaker immune system. It may be so because during the vaginal birth process, the baby ingests some protective bacteria which help in boosting the immune system.

If you are expecting a C-section Delivery or scared about it, just focus on positivity and take care of your good health, proper eating and sufficient exercise. Be eager for a beautiful tomorrow with a new life in your hands.

Recovery after a C Section: Answers to the Most Common Questions

C-section delivery

Pregnancy is the wonderful opportunity to nurture and give birth to a new life. The process of childbirth may sometimes involve a C-section delivery. The recovery in case of vaginal birth is much faster than the C-sec cases. The impact of this is largely on the woman’s physically health as well as this makes it a little harder to take care of the newborn.

C-section delivery

Since there are lots of precautions which need to be taken and many repercussions of the conditions, hence it is very much fair to have your mind overloaded with questions during pregnancy and even after having a C-section. To bring you ease, here are some of the most common questions which one may ask about C-section recovery.

Question: How soon will I recover?

Answer: A minimum rest for the first six weeks is required for healing of the body. The chances are that your gynecologist would have given you appointment for first and second meeting at the time of discharge. When you meet your doctor at around 6 weeks’ time, the doctor will monitor your recovery and accordingly suggest. You may feel the urgency to get back to your normal routine with added responsibilities of a new life, but it is equally important to take care of yourself to ensure complete recovery before taking charge of your daily routine.

Question: When should I start walking?

Answer: Walking and movement is very crucial after surgery. Even if you feel very weak to walk, but still, the sooner you start with your walk, the better it is. The initial walk may be of just a few steps and gradually you can keep on increasing your distance. This will help in blood circulation to your legs and reduce the chances of developing any blood clots (Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT). The first walk should be taken with support and it should be done while looking straight or focusing on some object.

Walking and movement

Be careful with the stitches and you may even support your incision with a pillow. Don’t overdo walking and in case it so happens, you increased blood flow which usually is bright red in color indicates that you need to reduce the amount of walking. Even if you fear the pain or as if the whole incision will tear apart, it is important part of the C-section recovery process.

Question: What is the diet supported for a smooth recovery from C-section before getting on to burgers and pizzas?

Answer: Food plays an important role in the recovery from C-section delivery. Once you have started with movement, you should start taking clear liquids and gradually migrate to eating solid foods. When on liquid diet, make sure to drink plenty of water to ensure your body is sufficiently hydrated. This even helps in holding back some amount of hunger pains.

Diet

After the initial 8 hours post operation, when there is no visible risk of heavy bleeding, the food is typically started. Start eating small amounts at a time and make sure to have good amount of fiber-rich diet which help you keep up with your mission of getting back to shape as well. In case of gastric trouble or constipation, ask your doc if they could prescribe some laxatives.

Question: When should I start breastfeeding?

Answer: Breastfeeding is a unique experience for every mother. In case of C-section, your breastfeeding would depend on the kind of anesthesia you were given. If you are given epidural or spinal block in which you are awake but free from pain, you should be able to breastfeed the new born as soon as you feel comfortable to do so. Some gynecologists even put the baby on mom’s chest to bring skin to skin contact even after a C-section birth.

Question: When will I be able to start with lifting weight after my C-section surgery?

Answer: Your C-section surgery largely involved your abdominal muscles. Hence it is utmost crucial for you to recover completely before even thinking of lifting any weight, anything which weighs more than your baby. In general, doctors recommend avoiding any sort of lifting of weight for the first 3 to 6 weeks. Further, it also depends on your physical health and body weight. As you come into routine, you yourself will be able to understand your body and how much weight you can lift. Overweight women have to be overly cautious as they have higher chances of developing hernia.

The plethora of questions may still continue to flow. And despite our effort to answer some of the important questions which may make you little comfortable, it is very important to always consult your gynecologist with your concerns to be safe in all conditions.

 

Baby Care Tips for Every New Mum

You definitely know what it means to be a new Mum, right!! The seemingly unending days of discomfort for complete nine months during pregnancy and the excitement coupled with fear of going through the labor pain and finally giving birth to a new life, which marks a new beginning of your life as a ‘Mum’. It’s an ecstatic experience with a mix of joy, happiness and loads of responsibilities.

Baby Care

As a new mum, you don’t just need to take good care of your baby, but it is equally important to take complete care of your health too. Many parents find themselves unprepared to handle this responsibility at the time of bringing their new born baby home from the hospital. The following tips will help you cope with the stress that builds around this newly acquired responsibility of nurturing the child.

Tips for New Mum to meet the Baby’s Requirements

Amongst those ecstatic moments of joy of starting of new chapter of motherhood, the other aspect of this joy is that the body is weak and exhausted. For these reasons, the new mum requires sufficient rest, proper nourishment and so on. Yet the following tips will help you have the confidence to cross this initial phase with ease. Let’s explore the tips to ensure the comfort and health of your newborn baby.

Holding the Baby Right:

Holding the Baby Right

Did you know that here’s a right way to hold the new born baby? Yeah! While holding the baby, you should ensure that the baby’s head doesn’t get jerk. So, ensure that the head rests on the crook of your arm and the hand should offer support to the spine of the newborn. With the other hand, you can pat, or use it to maintain the feed position and support your breast or simply keep it over the chest or tummy. Your touch creates a sense of comfort and security for the baby.

Gently Rock the Baby:

Gently Rock the Baby

There are times when the baby is in the state of discomfort. This may be due to their sleepiness or hunger or pain in stomach. Whether you are trying to get the baby to sleep or to comfort the newborn, do not shake the baby vigorously. This shaking might lead to brain injury. Put yourself into the habit of the rocking your baby gently from side to side. You may choose to sing a lullaby as well.

Be Tender During Playful Activities:

Be tender during playful activities

You might have seen in people around you throwing children in the air or jiggling the baby on the knees. You may have been such a play toy yourself. But, the baby is not a toy and neither is ready for such tough game. Hence it is advised not to be rough and tough on the baby for a year and half.

Pay Special Attention to Hygiene:

Pay special attention to hygiene

Not only you as a mother, but also those who touch the baby, should follow basic hygiene. Make sure that you wash or sanitize your hands before touching the baby unless you had not been doing any other task than being with your love. You should also be cautious about wearing clean clothes and the clothes fabric should provide smooth touch to the baby.  Whether you are using the nappies or diapers, keep checking so that the baby is clean and dry. In case of diapers, you can check less frequently, in around every four hours. These hygiene actions will keep the baby protected from infections and other induced allergies.

Baby’s Feed has No Time:

Baby’s feed has no time

In the initial few weeks, the baby needs only three things – proper feeds, ample sleep and your special touch. A new born baby usually sleeps for around 16 to 20 hours a day. But, the sleep doesn’t happen at a single stretch. A child may demand feed every two hours or even sooner, hence the foremost responsibility of you as a new mum is to keep yourself ready for offering a feed to the baby, whenever the baby demands. Few things which will make your breast feeding enjoyable are:

  • Hold the baby into the right position giving proper support to baby’s head.
  • Hold your breast supporting it with the other hand.
  • Ensure that the baby has enough of areola inside the mouth so that the baby may not intake air while sucking.
  • Offer comfort suckling to the baby for it is as important as breastfeeding. After the baby has the nourishing feed to satisfy hunger, sometimes the baby tends to suckle for longer time than usual. This comfort suckling offers emotional support to the baby.

As parents, you need to realize that learning curve takes its own time. It is a great decision to seek some help during this time which will help ensure that the mother and the baby are well taken care of.

Best Tips to Prepare for Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

With the changing times, everything in the world around us has been witnessing change. And the same holds true even in the case of pregnancy and breastfeeding. Some decades ago, pregnant women used to prepare themselves for breastfeeding by their chests with a rough towel to ‘toughen their nips’ and start breastfeeding without facing soreness.

Best Tips to Prepare for Breastfeeding

Today, more significance is laid on seeking good breastfeeding information even before you have given birth to the child. This gives much ease and comfort to handle the new born. At the same time, you are clear about what is normal to deal with and what needs attention and should make you seek external help from either the experienced or the expert.

Here are some of the best tips which will prepare you for your first breastfeeding experience.

Sharing. When you talk to experienced women who are either breastfeeding or have done that in the past, you get familiar with how they have dealt with.

Doctors Advice

Awareness. Reading books, gathering information on the subject makes you comfortable about the subject and with clarity, your mind and body gets at ease with the art of breastfeeding.

Know Your Body Well. Some women might have medical factors or challenges with breastfeeding, and hence it is good to discuss them with your doc well in advance. These factors include Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), some past history of having undergone breast surgery, hormonal imbalances, complication in getting or staying pregnant, puberty issues related to breast growth and development.

Although these issues don’t imply that such women cannot breastfeed their baby, but prior discussion helps in preparing to develop a plan.

Baby’s Calendar. Schedule your time for baby in the calendar. This time is not some hours of the day, but the initial few weeks of your motherhood. As a mother, you should try to keep yourself booked for the first two weeks only for breastfeeding the child.

Teaching Baby

Teaching the Baby. The newborn also needs to learn the art of taking the feed from you. This way, the baby starts latching on to your breasts the right way and you start becoming comfortable with the feeding process without getting soreness on your nipples.

Prepare your wardrobe. Stock your wardrobe with necessary stuff like supportive nursing bras, nursing pads, purified lanolin for application on sore nipples, comfortable dresses which make breastfeeding easy for you.

Snooze Often

Snooze Often. Endorphins overrule the body for about a week and hence, as much as the baby sleeps, you too should. This helps in recovering from childbirth and the whole focus is only breastfeeding the baby.

Early Breastfeeding. If you get a normal delivery, then you can breastfeed your baby immediately after birth or at least two hours after birth. It is best share your plan about breastfeeding with the medical professional around you.

However, in case of a C-section, you cannot start to breastfeed the baby immediately after birth. In such a case, go as per doctor’s counsel but once you start breastfeeding, follow the normal breastfeeding routine.