The C-Section: Debunking Common Myths

Bringing a child into the world is a wonderful experience. Unfortunately, a great deal of questions and concerns will usually accompany childbirth. If you are part of the 1 in 3 women in the United States who will give birth via C-section, the number of questions and concerns you may have will be even greater. Whether planned or via an emergency, C-sections will be necessary at times, so it is important to understand this procedure. By debunking these common myths, you will become more familiar with this common method of childbirth.

Less Bonding With your Baby

One of the most common misconceptions people have about C-sections is that you will not be able to have skin-to-skin contact with your baby. Fortunately, this is a myth that needs to be addressed because you will be able to have a special bonding moment with your baby.

During a C-section, you will be under some anesthesia, which prevents you from having any feeling from the waist down. In addition, you will not be able to move your arms due to the fear of reaching down during the C-section.

Once the baby is removed from your uterus, your obstetrician will allow you to see and feel your baby by making contact with your cheek. You will not have the ability to hold your baby until you are out of the operating room, but the special moment right after the C-section does offer time for you and your baby to bond.

Recovery Is Same as Vaginal Birth

Another myth some people believe is that recovery is the same no matter what type of birth you experience. C-sections are surgical procedures, so your recovery time will be more challenging compared to a traditional vaginal birth.

In most cases, you will remain in the hospital for a few days. This gives your body time to recover from the anesthesia. If the C-section was completed in an emergency situation, additional time may be needed in the hospital so your doctor can monitor any bleeding and other complications.

Your incision will require a long period to heal, as well. Most women who have a vaginal delivery are able to move around without discomfort after only a day or two. Women who have a C-section will experience pain and discomfort in the incision area for up to six weeks.

C-sections may be common, but most women do not understand this surgical procedure. This guide will help you learn the truth behind a few common myths surrounding the Caesarean Section procedure. For more information, contact an obstetric professional.