The delivery experience and recovery
I have always wanted to have a normal delivery, but unfortunately that didn’t happen as my baby was breech so I had to have a cesarean delivery. My doctor encouraged me by saying that it is on demand these days. And couple of my friends had it and gave a positive feedback. But, what nobody told me about is the killing pain after the operation. It was the worst painful days/ nights of my life. What you keep hearing about cesarean that it is much faster than normal delivery. Well, definitely yes! All the operation took around 30 minutes or so. That’s the advantage of the cesarean section. When the anesthesia starts to fade, I started to feel the killing soreness in the incision site. I stayed in the hospital for 3 days and then it took around 7-10 days to start having my activities (Walking normally without help, getting myself something to eat/drink, that kind of activities. Of course I didn’t mean jogging or going to the gym).
Be prepared, but expectations reduce joy
When I knew that I might have a cesarean delivery, I started watching YouTube videos for operations and how it was going to happen. It was scary, but I always like to know what I am going into. I thought I was mentally ready for all of the new changes, I downloaded many parental apps, read a lot about fetal development, what’s happening in my uterus, all the body changes, natural delivery stages, cesarean delivery and the reasons behind it. Took a prenatal course. Tried to keep myself fit till the end by doing prenatal yoga, walking and swimming. Actually what you read, hear from different people and experiences is just different of what are you going to face. I believe that each one will experience it differently. It’s good to be prepared, have some expectations about what is going to happen but believe me it is way different, difficult, emotional, and exhausting than you could ever imagine.
Each body is different
Another thing that I have figured out, because each body is different each person will handle it differently as well. The sensitivity for the pain in each person varies a lot. So, what I have felt very painful, some other women out there could handle it better than I did. One of my friends had no pain at all and started walking immediately after couple of hours of her delivery. I was really shocked to hear that. So again and again, you need to be prepared but don’t expect it to happen to you the way it did to your friend.
After all I am glad it happened that way, at least I didn’t do any pushing. It was all planned in advance. I was mentally prepared somehow. A healthy baby and a safe delivery are what matters more. With time your body will heal itself, eventually you will forget the pain and you’ll start a new chapter of your life: My life with my little one:)
This is my brief experience, I would like to know what you ladies had experienced and how did you handle it.I hope all expecting mamas a safe and easy delivery!