Ceasarian or normal delivery?

Philippines
April 19, 2008 2:41pm CST
Given a choice, which one of the following methods of giving birth would you prefer and why? I don't have a child yet so I do not have any idea. Some say, normal delivery since it is more fulfilling even it is more difficult and painful. Some say Caesarian because you do not have to exert so much effort in order for the baby to come out. I wanna hear your opinions.
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@shaycv (13)
• United States
20 Apr 08
I have two children. My oldest was born via ceasarian and my youngest was a natural delivery. I preferred the natural delivery. The recovery time was only a matter of a day or two and I was able to see the baby as soon as he was born. With the ceasarian delivery...it took me 3 months to recover, I didn't get to see that baby until the next day and she was not allowed to stay in the room with me.
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• United States
19 Apr 08
I had a "C" section. Not y choice though. My water broke and 36 hours later I still was not dilating. My son's vital signs were beginning to drop so they ended up doing an emergency "C" section. I later found out that I can never have natural birth, it's impossible for my body. Which is one of the reasons why I do not want to have no more children. I am happy with the one I have. Although a "C" section is easier than natural birth it defiently has its draw back. You end up having to stay 5 more days in the hospital because of it. And when you come home your basically useless. My sister had a normal delivery when she had her son. And although painful by the next day she was up and walking and able to do everything for her son.
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• Philippines
19 Apr 08
Oh I see your point. I wish my body will allow natural birth. Reading thru your experience, I swear, I do not want all those draw backs from a c-section. Can you give more details on what difficulties you've experienced after the surgery? How were you able to take a bath? Having stitches is very painful, right?
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@schilds (410)
• United States
29 Apr 08
I've had 2 c-sections - and I do have to say the second was much easier recovery. I was up and walking around 8 hours out of surgery - the drs told me it was because my 1st labor was difficult and had caused trauma on top of the c-section. Just a thought...
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
19 Apr 08
well i didnt have an option with my kids, i ended up having them both by c section...my first one wouldnt drop and with the one, i had my tubes tied at the same time. from what i understand, having the baby normally is much more painful (to a certain extent) but with a section, the pain lasts for a good 6 weeks or so...
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• Philippines
19 Apr 08
Six weeks is quite long! Ouch! I am just curious. Did you feel that you cannot curl thru your stomach or you can hardly move because you felt that the stitches would unravel?
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@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
19 Apr 08
I had both of my children natural delivery. I would not want a C-section as I don't want to have to have a spinal block. I did not have any kind of pain control with either of my children. I don't like needles the only needle I had was the IV and that was enough for me.
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• Philippines
19 Apr 08
Wow! No spinal block needed would really be a relief! I am afraid of needles too. How does it feel like during natural delivery? Is it really painful? I'm sorry, I really do not have an idea.
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@sunkissed (4332)
• United States
19 Apr 08
If I had a choice I would have a normal delivery, do not know why anyone would want surgury if they did not have too. I did have to have 2 c-sections but that was in 1977 and 1979. I had no choice.I had complications and could not have natural deliverys. I would much rather go through the pain of natural childbirth, than all of the pain from healing from a c-section.This is not a minor surgury.
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• Philippines
19 Apr 08
We, 3 siblings were all delivered thru C-section. So my mom's tummy was incised 3 times in her life. Gee...
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@kezabelle (2985)
19 Apr 08
Normal every time!!!! A section is major surgery it might well be easier giving birth that way but afterwards wont be so easy you will be in hospital longer could struggle to feed the baby cloth it everything.
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• Philippines
19 Apr 08
Good point. C-section may be easier in terms of delivering the baby but the post-surgical issues would be of a problem. Thanks for taking time to post a comment!
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• United States
20 Apr 08
I personally would have went natural if I had been given the choice. However I was not given the choice,and I had my son natural. All Natural. I tell you if you are open to epidural or anything go ahead and get it. Birth is hard, I do not care who you are. Why not have something to make it a bit easier if you can. You will have a memorable experience either way you go because after all you are bringing another life into this world,not any life but the life you created and nurished for 9 months. Some people have the plan to go natural and get to hospital and find out natural birth can't happen. The mother then feels so let down because she had her heart set on an all natural birth. Be happy either choice you make,you will get the baby you nourished all those months and you will be so proud. If you personally have the choice to make that desicion choice the one you want. I had natural birth as mentioned above and I was sore for about 3 or 4 days. I still had stiches and had to use the warm water bottle to spay at bathroom time but that is nothing to me,compared to the staples of a c- section. The healing time is weeks instead of days. You have to be extra careful in all activities as the staples can pop out. Just be proud of your beautiful new baby regardless how he/she comes out to greet you. If you are afraid you will miss something have someone record it. I still remember the night I had my son (only child and 12)the nurse laid him on my chest and he had this big white chunk on his chubby jaw, I thought it was cheese or something from eating the day before I went into labor. Hey what can I say I was a young 18 year old girl,who never even thought of the fact it was from my insides or something. My family laughs at me til this day over that one. What ever you do decide will be the right choice for you. Only you know your heart and what it tells you...follow your heart.
• United States
20 Apr 08
I agree that a caesaran is a long recovery, and its a lot of work on top of that having a new born at home. I had a natural delivery and although it was the most painful things I've ever experienced I would do it all over again. Besides I'd be completely scared of a c-section.
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@cher8558 (425)
• Canada
20 Apr 08
Dear Pebbles29,I got to have the experience of 1/2 of natural and 2 1/2 of ceasarian. When my oldest son was being delivered, I started out in labor, but unfortunately halfway through we were rushed for a ceasarian. I discovered with this arrangement you go through the labor at the beginning as normal. With my second child, I did not realize that you had to go through the labor at the end of the delivery. Yes, the child is in your arms and you're going through labor pains. I was not impressed with that. So if you think having a C-section gets you out of labor, nope. Cheryl
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• India
20 Apr 08
Im gonna go with natural birth. C-section can b pretty time consuming while healing.Its gonna b difficult. I do agree normal is painful, but i cud just go home the next day from the hospital.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
20 Apr 08
I have 2 kids and for both of them I had a normal deliveries. Other than an episiotomy (a small cut down there) for my first born I had my babies the natural way. I would rather go through it this way again than have my babies by caesarian if it can be avoided.
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@rhane7315 (5673)
• Philippines
20 Apr 08
i'm not married yet, but i would choose ceasarian. like you said you don't have to exert so much effort in it but you can only have a limitations on how many times you could give birth. but i ask my bf about this and he wanted a normal delivery. he's not suffering this kind of pain because men can't be pregnant that's why its easy for him to say that lol
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• United States
20 Apr 08
Hello. If given a choice I would choose a natural normal delivery. Then you do not have the scar left from a c-section. If you start to have the problems I had then it is best to have a c-section. Labor pains are horrible when you are having back labor. And I am not able to have a normal delivery because my pelvis is tipped. And not enough room. I sure did want to have a normal delivery. I was happy to have the c-section. And be through with the pain I was going through. It is a quick procedure. They give you enough pain killers you don't feel much pain during the procedure. Afterwards you do have some soreness but not that bad. What I did not like the most is having to switch from a nice huge cozy room to a small hospital room. I don't think that is fair. Another thing about c-sections you can choose with the Dr. what day to have the procedure. With natural birth it is up to the baby and God when that baby is going to be born.
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• Canada
21 Apr 08
Well, as a women who's had two boys, naturally...and who lost one to a tubal, thereby getting the same bikini cut as a c-section.......I would definetly say...natural!! Yes, it is painful, and unless there are complications, the pain memory fades in a week or so (endorphins). Also, I would strongly recommend...NO epideral either! Yes, it may lower the pain, but I've heard say it lengthens labor time. I was blessed to have my first son in half and hour, and my second in 14 minutes. I pushed twice or three times, poof, baby was out!! lol I hope my post helps you with your decision. I'm happy to give my opinion in such an important matter!! Take care and keep smilin' Lynn 7M.
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
3 May 08
i think every case ias different. For me I would always choose natural birth, any intervention must be as a result of something going wrong. blessed be
• United States
30 Apr 08
i had both of my boys the normal way. i only hurt for a few days after i had them both. So i would have to say that i would choose normal any day over ceasarian. I have also seen what women go through when they have a c-section.
@sahira (1072)
• Philippines
30 Apr 08
Of course ceasarian delivery..ceasarian is painless yet very expensive and it's not good for health,on the otherhand,normal birth is very painful but it's fulfilling too.
@schilds (410)
• United States
29 Apr 08
I've had 2 c-sections, and the second was not of medical necessity, but not by choice. The only local hospital has a policy that if youve had one c-section you can never a trial of labor based on an outdated study that shows a half % higher chance of uterine rupture. Given the choice I wouldn't have had the 2nd c-section even though my recoveries are very quick, and my pain level low - I had to argue with the nurses both times to not give me pain killers after. Many people are under the impression that with c-section you don't have the bleeding after birth, but after my 1st I bled for 6 weeks. On top of that you have the surgery to heal from, and depending on the anesthesia you might even miss the first hours of your childs life -- I was the last one in the family to hold my daughter. And there are long term effects too. Two years after my 2nd c-section my abs are still weak, and there is a flap of skin that will never go away - I've seen many c-section moms with the same flap - it comes from the way everything heals.
@Doco20 (7)
• Saudi Arabia
29 Apr 08
I would have to say that a normal delivery is better than a c-section although in a c-section you wouldnt feel the delivery pain but you will suffer for almost two wweeks post the surgery. however in a normal delivery you would experience something different you would be awake seeing the first moments of your child coming into the light despite the horrific pain but that would be overcome by the joy of the moment.
• United States
23 Apr 08
I've had both and if given the choice, I would take natural everytime! Natural may hurt, but the pain seems to go away as soon as the baby is born. Ceasarian is a surgery and that pain tends to stay with you for awhile. I was in pain for well over a month and the first couple of weeks I could barely walk. I had to take baby steps.