Did you know approximately 1 in 5 pregnant women ends up having a caesarean section!
The Guardian states “Rates of caesarean section have been rising gradually for many years – from about 10% of births 30 years ago to near 25% of births today. Of the 646,904 deliveries in NHS hospitals in England in 2013-14, 164,774 – or 25.5% – were to first-time mothers. And of those, 41,929 (25.4%) were by caesarean section. Most were emergency procedures (31,498) but more than 10,000 were elective.”
Absolutely shocking statistics. Having a caesarean section is not a walk in the park, believe me. I ended up having a caesarean section in August 2011, it went from a planned section due to my daughter being a pickle in the breech position and low amniotic fluid, to an emergency section because I ended up in spontaneous labour and was dilating far too quickly.
Everything happened at lightning speed, and before I knew it I was getting rushed into the theatre at 3 am.
Thankfully, our daughter arrived safely.
The next 3-4 weeks after were painful, to say the least. Nothing can prepare you for the pain. I like to think I have quite a high pain threshold, I have been through some tough, painful medical procedures prior to this. I spent the first 5 days in the hospital practically bed bound. The doctors and nurses couldn’t get my pain under control. Unfortunately, I was not allowed the standard painkillers used for post-op caesarean sections due to my Ulcerative Colitis I have. Eventually, after 5 days my pain was manageable on codeine and paracetamol, and I was allowed home and start to begin life as a family of 3.
*TIP* If you are in pain, don’t be a hero just ask for pain relief.
After having major stomach surgery, you find it so hard and painful to sit down, stand up, cough, sneeze, lay down etc. After all, you have just had your stomach muscles and nerves cut and stretched and stitched back together again. It’s such a weird feeling.
You may also find that in the first week, you are absolutely petrified on standing up straight whilst walking, I walked, well more like shuffled everywhere like Hunchback Notre Dame. I thought I would burst open if I stood up straight.
I couldn’t bear the thought of standing up in the shower, so I had baths. I remember taking my dressing off and was mortified by what I saw. There was an awful bright red line above the bikini area. They used dissolvable stitches on me, but I do know women who have had staples. I since have learned to love my scar and my daughter knows that’s where she came from. Six years on, and it’s pretty much invisible. Slightly numb too… Yes, your scar will feel numb, after all, they cut through your nerves, some areas I have regained sensation, but some are still completely numb.
It took around 3 and a half weeks post op to slowly start feeling like a human, although I didn’t drive until 6 weeks. I’m sure I would have been fine, but I didn’t want to risk it. Better to be safe than sorry right?
My second pregnancy I had the most amazing VBAC birth. I honestly can say, hand on heart I loved giving birth, yes there was the pain, but it was nothing to what came with having a caesarean.
It’s amazing what women endure to have babies, but we wouldn’t change it for the world.