When my first kid was born, I wanted a natural labour and birth. For most of the labour, I did get my wish. Towards the end, the child started showing signs of distress, so I was turned from side to side, but the infant’s heartbeat kept revealing indications of distress, so I was taken for an emergency situation c-section. I requested a spine block rather of epidural, which meant that I was numb from the waist down for about 18 hours, well into the next day. During the very first night, I had a bad response to the medication (not allergic reaction, just … I began hallucinating and pushed the buzzer button for the nurse to ask for a medication change, after which the hallucinations went away).
As it turned out, the reason my very first child was showing distress was due to the fact that the umbilical cord had actually wrapped around his neck a number of times and wasn’t loose adequate to allow him to descend through the cervix. My first kid had in fact begun to come down through my cervix when they pulled him out – up and sideways, due to the fact that his head had already begun to go through the cervix, and when they examined me post-delivery, they discovered that I was at 10 CM dilated. That’s why his heartrate was erratic – because the umbilical cord was strangling him while he was descending through my cervix. He wasn’t breathing air yet, however the umbilical cable was likewise being compressed between him and the neck of the cervix, and was cutting off the blood supply to baby, so he wasn’t able to get oxygen as efficiently.
Then with my second pregnancy, I didn’t want to repeat the bad response to the medications, so I desired an all-natural labour and shipment, and this time, I had the ability to have that. The labour took 49 hours, and yes, it was stressful, however the discomfort of labour was manageable since I understood that completion outcome would be worth it. In between contractions, the discomfort does disappear, and you do get a couple of seconds/minutes of rest to regroup prior to the next contraction begins. I also attempted a couple of things that some expectant moms may not have actually tried, so those may have helped. I wished to try the jacuzzi, so I did get in, and while that did help the discomfort of the contractions, it also made baby too comfortable and my contractions slowed, so I got out. Instead of merely laying in the bed labouring away, I stood, walked the halls, and throughout contractions, I would stop, lean on the wall, sway my hips, until the contraction passed, then continued walking. Even when I remained in my labouring space, I simply stood, and didn’t lay on the bed. Gravity does help. When it finally was time to begin pushing, my infant was really little, and I likewise remained in a kneeling position, on the bed, with my knees and elbows on the bed mattress, and I delivered that way. The movies typically show mothers laying on their back and pressing. That position is easier for the medical professional, however as someone else commented (maybe not on this string, but on one of the related strings), the birth canal has curves, and the laying-on-her-back position usually displayed in movies is really counter-productive because the vaginal area dips upwards, which suggests that the child needs to show up, which makes it more difficult since of gravity. It’s the very same concept regarding why females require to insert their tampons towards their lower backs rather of straight up when inserting tampons during their menstrual periods – the very same part of the anatomy is at play here. So for those who, like I did, are on all fours – knees and elbows – while delivering, that helps gravity do its job and the child drops downward a lot much easier, rather of battling gravity to go upwards.
My 2nd child was born within just a few minutes of pushing – I discovered the pressing part so much simpler than the labouring part. The doctor had gotten out of the space for a couple of minutes because my room was all out of gloves, so he went to another room to get another set of gloves, and by the time he returned, my infant had actually already been born, and he was rather surprised by that. I did yelp a bit when the child’s shoulders popped out (the widest part of the baby), but then the baby slipped out right after that and all the discomfort was over. I actually didn’t feel any more discomfort at all. I needed some stitches, so they offered me a regional numbing representative (with a needle – that hurt even worse than the giving birth part) prior to starting to stitch me up. After the adrenaline wore away, exhaustion hit and all I wished to do was sleep, sleep, and sleep. I had the ability to leave medical facility with Baby # 2 about 25 hours after the birth, and I was astonished at how much better I felt compared to my very first birth. After the c-section with Child # 1, I didn’t wish to go anywhere for about 3 weeks, while after the natural birth of Infant # 2, I felt well sufficient to start going someplace by Day 3 post-delivery.
Likewise, Infant # 2 took to breastfeeding extremely naturally, while Child # 1 was a very picky feeder. Later, I discovered (through La Leche League) that in many cases, having a c-section can impact breastfeeding because it is the infant passing through the pelvic bones of the mother that sets off the mom’s brain to send out signals to the body to begin producing milk, and without that, it can take a while for the body to acknowledge that the baby has actually arrived, so it is nearly like the body “thinks” that Mom is still pregnant for a day approximately. I needed to go on some natural supplements to be able to start to produce milk for Infant # 1, while the natural supplements were not needed at all with Child # 2. I understand that part of that is, I was a novice mom and had no idea of what I was doing, while I had breastfeeding experience under my belt with Infant # 2, I do realize that becomes part of the plan there, however the difference between how challenging it was to begin breastfeeding with Child # 1, and how simple and natural it was with Child # 2 was really exceptional.
My sis and sister-in-law had different experiences … my sis has had 3 natural deliveries, the first one – the birth itself was fine and without complications, but her placenta would not remove, so she had to be taken into the surgical room and the physician needed to reach inside her and maneuver the placenta loose. She didn’t tear during the delivery itself, however when the placenta needed to be internally navigated loose, she tore. The 2nd delivery was much smoother, it seems like it was her best delivery experience of the three, and the third, she stated she had a lot dreadful discomfort. My sister-in-law had two c-sections, although she also really wanted natural shipments. Her first c-section was for the very same factor as my very first child – umbilical cord twisted around the child’s neck. Her second child was very big, 12 pounds, so a c-section was instantly scheduled, and the child was hard to deliver even by means of c-section, as he got stuck, and the physician needed to pull on child while nurses were lowering on her abdomen from above the c-section website. That was the only method they lastly got my 12- pound nephew out.
There are various scenarios, and no one can say that other labouring mothers are refraining from doing it right. As someone commented, various individuals have various pain limits, or the way their bodies work are different from others, there’s no right or wrong way to give birth. The main point is that the child gets here safely. Having actually experienced both a c-section and a natural delivery, I am glad both my kids were born securely, and I would rather my firstborn be born safely by means of c-section than to try to provide that kid naturally and end up having the umbilical cable deny that infant of oxygen or worse. In that regard, I am happy we both came out of it okay. That being said, I did not respond well to the medications utilized as an outcome of the c-section, so I wanted to avoid having a c-section again if at all possible, and my second baby’s delivery had no adverse responses for me. For me, I would much rather have natural birth over a c-section. BUT I do acknowledge that c-sections can be truly life-saving in many cases, such as my firstborn.
C-section just didn’t agree with me in more than one way, so I hope I never need to experience it again. My c-section cut gets extremely itchy sometimes, particularly during damp summertime weather condition and cold winter weather condition, so it can be really uneasy when it starts to itch, due to the fact that often the itch is from the within, not the outside, so I can’t precisely relieve internal itching. I never had post-surgery complications with it; the doctor informed me that as far as c-sections go, I had a textbook ideal c-section, without infections or serious issues. For that, I am grateful, however the response to the meds, and the itching ever since has actually been driving me insane, so I do not actually care to experience it again.