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Surviving a C-Section

by Lee-Anne Robert

After 42 weeks of pregnancy, two days of undergoing inducement and physical stress on the baby, my daughter was delivered via an emergency C-section. Oh, it was music to my ears when my gynecologist arrived in my hospital room at 4:30 a.m. and told me they were going to do an emergency C-section. I must have been in shock or delirious! However, after going through a traumatic two days, I had had enough and I wanted to meet this precious baby who lived inside of me for 9+ months. The time came and I was wheeled to the operating room, and what a blessed event it was to see my sweet new baby girl!

I wasn’t prepared for the aftermath of a C-Section but I am so grateful that I had a great family who were there for me and helped me every step of the way.

  1. Plan ahead. No one can predict whether or not you’ll need an emergency c-section. So prepare yourself with information.
  2. Try not to be upset if you are told you have to undergo a C-section to deliver your baby. I know that many new parents are less than thrilled at the prospect and have anticipated a natural delivery. Plenty of women feel put down and feel less like a woman because they did not deliver their baby through the hard work of labour. I know it is emotionally hard. Truly, the main concern is you and your baby’s health and that is more important than how you delivered your baby.
  3. Expect a brief hospital stay. My daughter and I were in the hospital for four days after the birth. If you require assistance at any time in caring for you or your baby, are uncomfortable due to the pain, or have any questions, do not be afraid to ask for help. There were times when I was too proud to press the buzzer to ask for assistance. But, believe me, their assistance is very much required, especially with the care of your newborn baby.
  4. When the time comes and the nurses and/or doctors tell you to walk around, do try. It may be difficult but do try to do a little walking if and when possible. It helps to alleviate the stomach gases that are very much a part of the discomfort you feel after a C-section.
  5. The day arrives when you and your newborn can finally go home. Enlist support! Ensure that you have family, friends or loved ones to assist you and, once again, do not be afraid to ask for help. Do not try to be supermom! I was fortunate to have a supportive family at home and could not imagine going through the recovery without them. It will take you 6 weeks to fully recuperate from a C-section, afterall, it is major surgery.
  6. Do not pick up heavy items. Remember, you have just had surgery and your incision is in the healing process.
  7. Ensure that you eat healthy and drink lots of water. This is important to ensure that your digestive systems returns to normal. Plenty of rest is vital for recuperation. Enjoy this period of relaxation because you have many years of motherhood to go!
  8. Enjoy this special time with your new baby!

I survived my first C-section and 18 months after the birth of my daughter, I gave birth to a healthy baby boy via a scheduled C-section. The second C-section was easier. I am grateful to have two healthy children who are the joy of my life, regardless of how I delivered them.

About The Author
Lee-Anne Robert, proud mother of two healthy young children and owner of
Cuddles ‘n Gifts,
Copyright 2004

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30 Comments on "Surviving a C-Section"

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5 years 10 months ago
in 2008 i had my son by c-section and after 40 hours of lahbor i was mad but i just wanted him out safely. i didnt listen to the docs and i didnt relax i tried to be supermom and wow was that a mistake!!!!! it took me 6 months to fully recover from it!!! it kept opening up… u have plenty of yrs to be supermom, so relax and take the help while u can. i am now having a little girl in aug and i have to do it c-section…. nervous but i will not try and do… Read more »
6 years 7 months ago
I had a c-section in 2008. I would say in comparison to friends and family who have had them, mine went fine but the recovery was longer and seemed more painful. I am diabetic which may have something to do with it. I felt fine during the procedure but after i was in so much pain. I dont feel the hospital controlled my pain very well. My daughter was born healthy and beautiful so all and all it was worth it. I had my sister stay with me a week so she could care for the baby and my husband… Read more »
Michelle Henderson
6 years 9 months ago

After 3 csections & soon to be a fourth my biggest tip would be, when that pain gets really bad, ask for a suppository. Most of the pain isnt from the incision but from the gas buildup. Yes they give you antigas pills but you will likely find they just arent enough. I felt like if I could just pass some gas Id feel a million times better. May seem gross to ask but trust me its a TRILLION times better than the pain & you will be moving around much quicker. Trust me on this.

rita tusubira
7 years 3 days ago

iam 5 months pregnant and my son is 1and 5months old delivered via c-section are there any dangers coz the doctor’s told me i will be having a c-section again?

7 years 5 days ago
I am scared to have my second baby via c-section. I had my first son vaginally but I tore very bad. The doctor advised me to have a c-section due to the fact that I could rip and have to have reconstructive surgery. I really don’t want to risk that with a new baby and a four year old!! Plus I am having my tubes tied anyway so it just seemed the best option. But I am still worried about being in the hospital longer and having major surgery. I have read some horrible stories but also some good stories… Read more »
7 years 5 months ago
I am 33 weeks pregnant with my 5th child and will be delivering via scheduled c-section. My first child was 8 weeks premature and had not dropped into the birth canal so I had to have a c-section and the other 3 were scheduled as this one will be. My first was pretty scary just not knowing what was going to happen but after that I was well prepared and everything went very smoothly. My advice to anyone having a c-section is get up and start walking as soon as they’ll allow you. The sooner you walk the easier it’ll… Read more »
7 years 8 months ago

I had an emergency c-section with my first @ 28 weeks due to developing preeclampsia. The healing process and all was no different from any other surgery I have had, so it was no big deal. I am 38 days away from having my second via c-section and was given the choice of that or vaginal. I am personally afraid to have it naturally and was with my son as well.

7 years 11 months ago

Thanks everyone for sharing experiences. I want a C section delivery, coz i am afraid of horrible labour pain and any risk, if at all, it may cause to my baby .

8 years 18 days ago
I had my first one naturally, 51 hours of labor, and they still had to use the forecepts and vaccuum twice to get him out. 5lbs 14 oz. and I needed an epidural. And I required 27 stitches. Second one was natural as well no drugs 32 min from start to finish. 7 lbs 8 oz, third was an emergency c-section, I hemmoraged and he was choking on the blood. So he HAD to come out then. 6 lbs 7.5oz I am currently expecting #4 and have already opted for a c-section. Whether or not it is needed. I think… Read more »
8 years 2 months ago
i had a c section after being induced and being in labor for 27 hours i was exhulsted but i still wanted to have her natural, i actually got sick after they told i had to have a c section! but after haveing my 5 lbs. 8 oz. baby girl i didnt care i was just so happy to her! but now im scheduled for my 2nd child to be born c section, on may 4th, and i couldnt be more happier! yes, even though i would still love to have natural i’m not gonna lay in active labor for… Read more »
8 years 2 months ago

I had my first baby thru an emergency c-section after 24 hrs labor with 1cm dilation. I am opting c-section on my second baby come mid-April bcos labor is painful and scary

8 years 2 months ago
Really? who cares as long as baby is healthy I had an emergency csection with my first an a scheduled with my second personally I think some ladies are mad cus they have to push that huge thing outta a tiny hole lol um no thanks I’d rather not, as far as I’m concerned it’s probly more stressfull on a baby to go through hours of labour then to just be taken out easily an calmly, me an my kids have bonded great why someone would say they were depressed about how they deliver makes me wonder how sane you… Read more »
8 years 4 months ago
I had to have an emergency c section with my first child, after pushing for 3 hours (at my insistence) and having had a failed ventouse after everything I was just glad my baby boy was delivered safe and sound. I was gutted, however that that final part had been robbed from me and said from the start that with the next one I would have a VBAC, since then I have had a consultation and have been told my pelvis is too narrow and that I should ‘bail’ next time and go for a c section. I would really… Read more »
8 years 6 months ago
Statistically, it is much safer to have a vaginal delivery (risk of infection, bleeding etc.) so I am concerned if people are being led to believe otherwise. If you can delivery vaginally, it is much better for you and baby. Having said that I do know that isn’t always possible. I had to have 2 c-sections–first emergency and second planned (we learned I would not be able to deliver vaginally due to pelvic structure). I remember the most difficult thing for me was the disconnect of being pregnant and then being told I had a baby, which I didn’t see… Read more »
8 years 7 months ago
I had my first csection in 2006 with my daughter. I was only in labour with her for 45mins when I was told she had the cord around her neck and her heart beat was dangerously slowing hence they put me under and when I woke up – there she was. I have to admit from what I remember I was in a lot of pain from the csection but then I haven’t had a natural birth! The incision did unfortunately become infected and therefore I was in hospital for a total of 6days and it took approx 7weeks for… Read more »
8 years 8 months ago

I am having my first c-section in oct. I have had a natural bith with my past 8 children . I am so scared of both the spinal and the insition.

9 years 1 month ago
I had my first C-section in 2000, after 16 hours of labor with no progression in dilation. My daughter’s heartbeat couldn’t be found so I was gassed and put under. She was delivered jaundiced, but otherwise fine. I spent a week in the hospital because my uterus and incision became infected. I suspect it was because of the speed with which the surgery was done. I’m not complaining if they had to cut a few corners to get her out safely. My second was in 2006. I had planned a VBAC but at 38 weeks I developed severe preeclampsia and… Read more »
9 years 2 months ago

my first baby was by c-section and when i had my second the doctor said i had to have a repeat. now i’m having my third 6 years after my second, my doctor said i totally have to do a c-section, i really wanted to try naturally.

9 years 3 months ago
um… having a c-section is NOT the safer route in comparison to delivering vaginally. c-sections should only be utilized when necessary, and planning them is totally fine in the instance of a breech baby, a face up baby, or a transverse baby. Having a c-section the first time does not mean you have to have a c-section the second, although individual medical needs come in to play when doctor’s make their decision about whether or not to do a VBAC. Natalie is insane in saying that doing research at the age of nine can lead you to make the healthiest… Read more »
9 years 3 months ago

with my first child i had her naturally even tho i knew i shoulda had her by c-section.. the dr’s told me she was gonna be really big but still they insisted i deliver her myself. she was tooo big to push out myself, when they finally pulled her out. my pelvic bone was dislocated.. and still to this day it hasnt healed right. now pregnant with my second 3 years later, im definitely going for a c-section.

9 years 4 months ago
I had to have a csection with my first child because he was breeched with the cord around his neck. I wanted so badly to have a vaginal birth…so this time around, I was going to have a VBAC- unfortunately, my doctor whom I trusted for more than 16 yrs lied to me just to appease me, telling me he’d let me have the VBAC. After him telling me a bunch of BS during my 38th week check up with him, I wind up getting bullied into having another c-section. I completely feel that I was robbed of ever having… Read more »

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c-section mom
9 years 11 months ago

I had a scheduled c-section with my first and it went very good. I wouldn’t have natural delivery if I could because I’ve heard worse stories about it than c-sections. My next is due in sept. and I plan to have another c-section. I recommend it to anyone because it is safer to plan one than have one at the last minute. and I think any mother who has had a c-section has given birth. It doesn’t matter how the baby came out. It came right?

c section preferred
10 years 17 days ago

I had a scheduled c section and was home the next day. I got up and walked as soon as I could again feel my legs. It was like the stork brought him. I am set to have another come July, and although I probably could go home earlier, I will stay an extra day or two because I have a 3 year old at home:)

10 years 1 month ago
I delivered my 3rd child via emergency C-section after a long tireless labor of 27 hours with not much progression after my daughters heart beat went to dangerously low 60 bpm. When they got her out it turned out she was sunny side up. I did not let the incision hold me back. I delivered her at 2.21am and i was up brushing my teeth at 8.30am. I was sore but the pain medication helped, just be sure not to let it wear off for atleast the first 3 days. I was home 2 days after the C-section and although… Read more »
10 years 2 months ago

I planned my first delivery to be a C-Section, due that I studied all the risks of a natural birth when I was nine, it was more or less knowing that it was the safest of the two.

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