I had two cesarean deliveries. My first c-section was an emergency when my baby did not drop. I remember being uncomfortable and just wanting the baby out, so by the time my physicians decided to perform a c-section, I was thrilled. I had a scheduled cesarean delivery when I gave birth the second time, and I was calm because my first c-section went smoothly.
Positive Attitude During a Cesarean Delivery
While a positive attitude does not guarantee a fabulous outcome during every medical procedure, I think my attitude did enhance my recovery. Even during my first cesarean, I was optimistic about having a c-section and experienced a sense of relief when my physician decided to perform one. Once the cesarean delivery was over, my focus was on holding my baby and interacting with family.
Introducing Food Slowly after a Cesarean Birth
After I had my c-section, I experienced some nausea. I forced myself to eat, but I remember eating very light foods. I think broth and crackers were staples the first day or two.
Post C-Section: Help at Home
When I arrived home, I let people help me. My husband stayed home from work a week, and I restricted myself to navigating steps to once a day for an entire week. For one of my children, a baby nurse came to the house to help with late night feedings. Although I am usually active and enjoy exercising, my activities were limited. I did not drive the first two weeks I was home and felt very reliant on family members.
Cesarean Birth Aftermath: Staples on The Scar
I remember staples holding the incision closed during my first c-section. While I recovered, I had night sweats and the desire to use the bathroom in the middle of the night was not uncommon. One night my underwear got caught on a staple in the bathroom. I remember feeling agony as I tried to move the underwear and wound up cutting it. The night was sleepless, but fortunately it was only a day or two before my OB/GYN was scheduled to remove the staples. I went to his office the following day; he removed them early. When I had my second c-section, I was very aware of making sure my underwear never had the opportunity to catch on a staple.
My scar never bothers me, but sometimes I feel a tinge as though to remind me of my pregnancies. A bathing bikini or clothing easily hides the scar. However, sometimes when I look at the faded scar, which is only about two inches long, I am astonished that my children came into the world from such a small space.
I was lucky to heal well and have excellent family support during my ecovery. Looking back, I view my cesarean delivery as a wonderful way to give birth.