Which is better—a C-section or a vaginal delivery?

I want to have my baby naturally but I'm afraid I will have to have a c-section because I think my baby will be too big to have naturally or anything like that. I am terrified of the thought of being "cut on". Everyone I knows says that natural birth hurts and feels like more pain but others say that c-section hurts after....... What do you ladies think is the best ? Thanks ladies :)


Asked by pregnproud88 at 6:59 PM on Dec. 22, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • I have had 2 planned c-sections. I thought the pain wasn't that bad. Now days, they give you a "spinal block" which is an injection in your spine that contains a numbing med plus morphine. It wears off in 24 hours , then they give you percocet if you need it. You will not feel being "cut" the only thing you feel is a "tugging" which is when they pull the baby out. It really all depends on your personal pain tolerance and your physical "fitness".

    Answer by sydsmom2 at 7:05 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

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  • well i think natural birth is the way to go. i had an episiotomy and it healed very quickly didnt even feel it. it is painful but not unbearable. is like having your period. with really bad cramps as long as you do your breathing and concentrate on an object. dont freak out. . why should you have a cut in your belly if you dont necesarily need to. i know this girl she was tiny.and she had hers naturally and her baby was almost 10 lbs. it is really up to your body. you will do fine whatever decision you take. good luck!!!

    Answer by rosepetalluv at 7:09 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

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  • I had a c-section because dd was too big. I did the whole labor, pushing and all and then she wouldn't come out, so we had a c-section. I can't compare it to a vaginal birth though, since I have never had one. But it did take me quite a while to recover- 2-3 weeks until I was allowed to drive, and it also took around that amount of time to start walking normally without feeling like my scar would rip open. I had staples and didn't like them- my scar opened in the middle and took longer to heal than my friend's who had a c-section and was stitched back up. I have heard a c-section takes a lot longer to recover from (unless you rip really bad in a natural birth). Plus you are drugged up afterwards, and don't really comprehend anything until the initial drugs wear off. The only thing I like now, is if we have a second, it will be a planned surgery and I won't have to go through labor or pushing or anything like that.

    Answer by abigail824 at 7:09 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

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  • I never had a c-sec, infact I had two vaginal births. My first was in the hospital, no meds until after my son was born. I had a pretty traumatic afterbirh because of many reasons but they were completely the fault of the doctors and the hospital's way of doing things. My second birh I had a planned homebirth and it was absolutle beautiful!!! No meds at all, I got to labor how I wanted and I would not have changed it for the world! Childbirth does not have to be a scary thing... it can really be a beautiful thing. Message me if you want to hear more about my experience. (btw my mom had 4 c-sec and my sister had one)

    Answer by Precious333 at 7:12 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

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  • My mom has had both. 1 natural and two planned c-sections. With the first C-Section she didnt know what to expect and was in a lot of pain aftwards, with the second, she knew what to expect and and no pain aftwards (at least nothing she couldnt handle) and was given no pain meds aftwards cause she said she didnt need them.

    Answer by vickwu at 7:13 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

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  • The American Assoication of Gyn says that a c-section for an "large" baby is completely unnessacary and is called an elective surgery. Ultrasounds frequenty predict a weight that is very far off. Your pelvic bones move to make the space, and a baby's skull is not completly together when born to allow it more room to pass the pelvic bone. You can do it Mama!!! You just need to have faith that your body was built for this and knows what it is doing. Good luck

    Answer by lasombrs at 7:22 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

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  • I've had two c-sections, the first was b/c my son was too big and the second we chose b/c our daughter was stillborn. They honestly weren't that bad. Yes, the recovery hurts but it's nothing you can't deal with. My Hubby helped me so much! I was sore for at least 6 weeks and still havenumbness and tenderness but I will be having my third c-section in March. I think mine hurts now b/c of the stretching.... I would try natural but it it comes down to a c-section, don't be scared. After 38 hours of labor, a useless epidural and forceps... I welcomed my first c-section!

    Answer by AshJoe05 at 7:43 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

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  • Healing is easier after a vaginal delivery...I've watched girlfriends REALLY suffer to recover from c-sections. I've never had a c-section, but I would probably pass out from anxiety knowing what they were doing down there, curtain or not. Now I was in labor for over 2 days with my daughter, but after I had her, I felt AMAZING. I was up walking around, I was able to hold my daughter and care for her. I would be more afraid of a c-section than natural, but the end result is the same...you will have given birth to your child.

    Answer by kabbot01 at 8:10 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

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  • The one that is best is whatever works out for you....either way, you'll be giving birth to a baby.... there's pain involved no matter what, but it's all worth it. you'll be fine. congrats and don't worry!

    Answer by GreekMama28 at 8:35 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

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  • Well I don't know about others, but I had both mines naturally. The doctor said this about my oldest he might be to big and I may have a Cs, because how fast he was growing, but he wasn't to big he weigh 8lbs12oz and he was 2 wks late.LOL! but what do you about this 13lbs baby. HA, naturally birth. I have a friend who did this and I was like ouch! But you don't be as sore with a natural birth even if they cut you! in one week I was up and about!
    But everyone is different I have a niece who had to Cs, because of medical reason and she was up and about in 2 wks... What ever choice you make pain still will be invovled even after medications!! Not trying to scare you, but good luck and congrats!!!

    Answer by lovlyB at 8:48 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

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