(This is not complete, but will give a little help until I do)
A C-section – for whatever reason – carries substantial side effects.
There is a case for preparing for what Nature intends – and for accepting that the transition maiden to mother will transform you, and will come at a cost and one that women are designed for – and that being a princess regarding apparent short term pain may not be in your best interest as you have no idea what else may happen – and has happened for so many women who have ‘bought; the idea that the C section is ‘the easy way out’.
Having had a medically required booked in C section myself (transverse presentation with a clot threatening to blow where the placenta joined my uterus – there went my planned home water birth) after three vaginal births, I have no idea why it would be the first thought when pregnant – as recovery is so much easier when baby exits as their journey to life began.
Scared of pain?
Don’t get a C section then, as I found that that was horrendous after my three vaginal births. (Even the full length episiotomy was easier than the C section to deal with).
Birth Hormones, Better than Epidurals: The Release of a Mother’s Medicine Chest
Saying that birth is painful is not the best wording or understanding of the biological process that brings a new life into the world. Our body does not produce pain for everyday functions, such as waking or going to sleep. Rather, pain is a response to extreme circumstances such as childbirth that allows the body to release appropriate hormones to avoid further injury.
Labor pain releases special neurochemicals including endorphins, oxytocin, and prolactin. Endorphins are the chemicals released during a “runner’s high” and act to block sensations of pain by providing a sense of ecstasy. Both oxytocin and prolactin are released during orgasm in both sexes and are responsible for sensations of pleasure and peace respectively. Oxytocin is also responsible for causing contractions. Under ordinary circumstances, these chemicals react to another’s pain to regulate contractions, have a healthy baby ready to nurse and identify with his or her mother, and reduce birth injuries.
Often hospitals and doctors prefer these hormones’ artificial equivalents. Pitocin is a birth drug that increases oxytocin levels to increase the power of contractions, but natural oxytocin contains hormonal painkillers which aren’t released if pitocin is used instead. To deal with this pitocin pain, birth doctors often use epidurals that can keep a mother confined supine on a bed and weaken contractions, resulting in more pitocin being needed. Together, this trio of supine position, pitocin, and epidurals3 raise the likelihood of a c-section and its dangers for birth injury.
So why get in the way of this and have all the problems post C section to deal with?
Perhaps investigate what has happened post C section for others to see what you want to possibly also sign up for.
- Past C section healing
- Long term
- Secondary infertility
Possible death (maternal) through adverse complications of the C section – you may have ‘had to have’ only as the medical staff currently are not playing fair – the bonding needed to raise baby is to be found in the birthing hormones – and robbing you of this may also be part of the healing that you are aware needs to happen. Whilst you can not change back what happened you can undo where you find yourself now.