The Busy Mum’s Guide: Delivery by Cesarean

A friend asked me about Cesarean birth and I realise that some mummies may need information on it. I gave birth to Baby E via Cesarean because at Week 39 she hadn’t engage yet and she was facing my front instead of my back so it made natural labour difficult. Her head was also bigger than average when born so everything made it hard to have a natural birth. When my gynae advised me that I could make my own decision whether I want to try natural labor but I will likely end up in emergency Csec after 20 hours of labor, the pragmatic us opted for Csec. I couldn’t wait longer as well because Baby E was sending sharp pains down my pelvic bone every time I try to walk. Hence we opted for a Csec at Week 40.

After opting for Csec, I felt fear… and sadness that I couldn’t have a natural birth. I also felt more certainty because the wait was over… and the next day we went for a waffle with ice cream session because the Csec was scheduled for the day after and there was no more fear about gestation diabetes. I was under a strict diet for a long while due to high sugar levels and it was a real pain.

Here are some of the things about Csec that you may want to know:

  1. Pain relief: You can either opt for epidural or general anesthesia. I opted for the former because I wanted to be able to see Baby E once she’s delivered. I also wanted to be able to breastfeed her earlier instead of being unconscious due to GA.
  2. The pain: The real pain kicks in about Day 2 or 3 when the pain relief wears off and the nurse orders you to get off the bed to pee. I felt like I cheated birth on Day 1 because I felt so good and people were saying I was glowing. However, the pain was insane after that.
  3. Good to haves: The nurses at my gynae’s clinic recommended that I buy this tummy binder and it really helped in holding my tummy in place so that it doesn’t flop around when I walk. The wound hurt less when the binder was on. I got the binder for $50++ at the gynae’s clinic but had to get another at $80 at Mount Alvernia because of an accident with lochia. The version from Mt A was more atas in that it was latex free and I felt less itchy with that.
  4. Good to know: 
    • I compared notes with a friend before and gathered that the lochia is lighter if you do Csec. The gynae vacuums most of it out during delivery so my lochia stopped after about 2 weeks.
    • If your gynae is skilled, the cut can be as small as 4 inches long. My massage lady was very amazed by the length of my cut and said she hasn’t seen cuts as nice and small as these in a long while. Small cuts heal faster too.
    • They have a screen in front of you to block your view so you can’t see what’s going on so don’t worry about fainting when the gynae makes the cut! I did, however, feel all the tugging that the gynae did. It was a little bit unsettling that honestly he can make cuts anywhere and I wouldn’t feel it.
    • They shave you so that the gynae can see where he/she is cutting. I don’t know if all gynaes have you shaved but mine did… and it was real itchy when the hair was growing back out.
    • A catheter is inserted into you and you’ll be bedridden for a day or so. Some say it’s painful when the catheter was taken out but I don’t remember the pain. Might be because the wound hurt more.
    • It will hurt in the early days when you poop or if you strain to pee fast. It definitely hurt when I laughed, coughed and sneezed.
  5. Regarding breastfeeding: I think I had to use football hold position for awhile but doing Csec really doesn’t prevent you from breastfeeding. I didn’t allow the nurses to feed formula at the hospital and ended up nursing the kid until she was about 18months old.

Let me know if you have questions on Csec. It’s not as scary as you think it is. Hang in there Mummy!

 

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