The truths that people need to know about women who have had a caesarean section

Faced with the decision to give birth by cesarean section, comments and opinions multiply, creating a tangle of ideas where it becomes impossible to distinguish the true from the false. Indeed, some beliefs associated with this intervention are perpetuated over time, complicating the task of women when making a decision about their delivery. To learn more, Dr. Karen Morton, a gynecologist and obstetrician, tackles seven myths of cesarean section in an article relayed by The Telegraph.

In contrast to natural birth, cesarean delivery is a high birth delivery that is performed through an incision made in the abdomen or uterus. Source of many prejudices and misunderstandings, this procedure is for many a subject still misunderstood. In  France , it concerns almost 20% of births and would be decided either during pregnancy according to the will of the parents or during childbirth when it is impossible or dangerous to give birth vaginally. That’s when we talk about scheduled cesarean section or  emergency caesarean section.

In order to clear things up and separate the myth from reality, Dr. Morton clarifies the following ideas:

1. You will not feel the baby’s extraction

Although it is not painful since it is often performed under anesthesia, the extraction of the baby is indeed felt by the mother during childbirth. Generally, sensation occurs when pressure is exerted on the stomach and uterus. If the mother has an emergency caesarean section, she will not fail to feel the doctor’s intervention. 

2. You will not feel so close to your baby

It is often thought that the lack of skin-to-skin contact between the mother and her baby immediately after birth could be detrimental to their bond. Dr. Morton believes that it is important to qualify this idea, but she nevertheless emphasizes that cesarean section often requires complete rest during the 48 hours following delivery, which could delay contact between the mother and her child.

3. You will not be able to deliver vaginally after a cesarean section

Another myth, one can not farther from reality, cesarean does not prevent a future vaginal delivery. It all depends on the reasons that led you to it, but this procedure does not require you to use it for all your pregnancies.

4. You do not bleed so long after childbirth

For both forms of delivery, bleeding is usually similar. During the first week, they are red before turning pink or brown the following days. However, Dr. Morton points out that any bleeding exceeding 6 weeks would be unusual.

5. You will only have a small scar

It all depends on whether you consider a 10 to 12 cm small scar! According to this doctor, we must consider many factors namely the healing capacity of the person and the condition of his skin. For some people, the scar will be very fine while for others it will leave a more irregular mark.

6. Convalescence period after Caesarean section is longer

Faced with this idea, Dr. Morton is clear: it all depends on the circumstances. Depending on the type of caesarean section operated, ie scheduled or emergency, the mother is likely to respond in different ways. Some go through childbirth relatively easily, while for others the intervention and recovery period is more difficult. In this case, the repercussions are always varied.

7. There is no risk other than the caesarean procedure

Although minimal, the doctor explains that the risks are still present during the procedure starting with anesthesia. Indeed, this one is generally epidural but in some cases, a general anesthesia is necessary. In addition, there are risks of  deep vein thrombosis  (formation of a blood clot in the veins), hemorrhage and infection in the wound.


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