For a pregnant woman, 40 weeks is the longest time ever; making the required preparations, arranging the nursery, and time in the hospital are all part of the process.
Many women who want to choose this option to birth their baby never really know what it entails; as much as it concerns having professional doctors around you, it is an immense transformation on your body, your life, and everything around you.
I had decided on having a C-section on both my pregnancies, it wasn’t because I didn’t like the natural birthing process, it was a medical decision but one that would change my life and debunk the many myths or facts about C-sections.
The D-Day (last pregnancy)
Even though I was prepared to see my baby, I can’t tell if I was prepared for all the process and life after the operation.
I checked into the hospital, was prepped for the procedure, and wheeled into the theater. The environment, I was taken aback, the number of equipment, wires and cables running everywhere, different people in green with nose mask, the nurse trying to explain the next step and the effect of the epidural that renders your lower body lifeless but it was all good, seeing the process happening, the nurse conversing with you to keep you alive and then my baby finally came into the world.
After the C-section
I was cleaned up and wheeled to my room, but with the epidural and the pain; I had to start the breastfeed process immediately. It was not the easiest thing to do since the baby wasn’t ready and I was super tired, but we got around.
When the stay at the hospital was over, I had to go back home, and this is when all the doctor’s instructions literary flew out of the window.
I have a young family, an older child that needs catering too, and my baby.. who was going to do the work? – Me.
As much as I tried, I was cooking meals for my family a week later, carrying and feeding my baby, listening to the one million and one questions my older child was asking and stuff had to be done around the home.
My Advice to Women Who Just Underwent C-Section
The C-section is an energy-draining process, but the moment you come back home, you find out that you can’t adhere to all the instructions from the doctor.
The healing process is being still and relaxing, but I couldn’t do that. I am a very active person, and been in one place was a constant reminder of my wounds, one that I couldn’t afford.
So my advice is to do some essential simple chores around the house (if you’re able to), connect more with your baby, and live your life as ordinary as possible. As difficult as it is, this healing process involves listening to your body and knowing when to stop.
Overall, having a C-section is a trying experience, especially for me and I know of lots of women are scared of the process. It was a learning process for me, but do what works for your body and attain complete healing without stressing your body or suffer from any complications.