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Whats more painful altogether C-section or Vaginal birth?

And what's easier to recover from? Any advice on vaginal birth or c-sections?


Asked by PrincessSmasher at 11:35 PM on Aug. 23, 2009 in Pregnancy

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Answers (10)
  • All great answers! Thank you!

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:53 PM on Aug. 23, 2009

  • Often the C-section because unless it is schedualed the woman has labored for a long time.

    Answer by teamquinn at 11:37 PM on Aug. 23, 2009

  • i am unable to answer from experience because I have only experienced a vaginal birth but I would expect and have heard that a c-section is worse(being that it is a major operation and all).

    Answer by truthteller0722 at 11:39 PM on Aug. 23, 2009

  • C-Section is a surgery. The recuperation process is long ans painful.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:40 PM on Aug. 23, 2009

  • I had all vaginal births So I am not to sure about a c-section. Vaginal is not bad your a little sore and you may get stiches if you tare down there but over all not bad and not long to recover. I hear c-section is more painful because it's more like surgery and it takes longer to heal.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:43 PM on Aug. 23, 2009

  • C-section is major abdominal surgery and the recovery is a long 6 weeks of pure heck. For the first 2 weeks, you can't even enjoy your baby because of the pain.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:44 PM on Aug. 23, 2009

  • I had an emergency C section.... it took about 6 mos to feel like I wasn't still cut open or that my incision was tearing. I've heard different stories about vaginal but they all felt normal really quickly! I would like to have a vaginal delivery next time but if a C is truly necessary then I would do it again. I would never opt for a C section if that is why you are asking! I would say the birth itself is quick and easy, it's the recovery after that is long and hard. I've never had a vaginal delivery just yet however.

    Answer by 07lilmama1108 at 11:45 PM on Aug. 23, 2009

  • I had a labor that was over two weeks past my due date and ended up csection hospitalized on ivs myself for over a week with my first pregnancy. That was because I was too overdue and mybody was exhausted and got infected. I pushed for two hours before a section was decided on. WIth all that my recovery took months, I saw double for a good while I was so beat.

    Before my first baby was born and after, I knew moms who ended up sectioned and recovered far easier than me because they weren't as much past their due dates as I was.

    With my second and third pregnancies I was both times scheduled sections and both times my recovery was fast even with first one older child and for my third section I had then two older kids to track and run after.

    My advice is don't let a doctor have you be more than a week past due IF you know for sure yourself without a doubt when you conceived.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:45 PM on Aug. 23, 2009

  • I agree with previous posters with C-Section a woman should expect to stay more days at the hospital since it is considered a major procedure. The stitches need to be checked often. Painkillers are taken to alleviate the post-surgery pain.


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:49 PM on Aug. 23, 2009

  • I had a c-section and it was a cake walk.

    Answer by vickwu at 11:52 PM on Aug. 23, 2009