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.
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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
PROS OF C-SECTION DELIVERY
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.