Understanding C-Section: More Than Just a Surgical Birth
A Cesarean section is a surgical procedure in which a baby is delivered through incisions made in the mother's abdomen and uterus. While it’s indeed a major surgical procedure, it’s primarily performed when vaginal delivery might pose risks to the mother or the baby. C-sections may be planned or performed as an emergency measure during labor.
Misconceptions of Cesarean Sections:
Misconception #1: C-section makes birth easier
Truth: C-section is a major surgical procedure that involves cutting through layers of tissue, including the abdominal muscles and the uterus. Recovery from major surgery takes time and demands physical and emotional strength.
Misconception #2: You can’t deliver vaginally after a C-section
Truth: While having a C-section might increase the likelihood of subsequent C-sections due to the risk of uterine rupture, many women who have had a Cesarean delivery can opt for a vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC) if they are deem as a reasonable candidate by a healthcare professional.
Misconception #3: You can’t breastfeed after a C-section
Truth: While the initial post-surgery recovery period may pose challenges, many women successfully breastfeed after a C-section. Your body will produce colostrum after birth, and although it may be delayed, you will eventually be able to breastfeed with proper guidance and support.
Misconception #4: Having a C-section will “save” your pelvic floor
Truth: Pelvic floor issues are not exclusive to vaginal birth. Both vaginal and cesarean deliveries can contribute to pelvic floor concerns because either way, your body goes through pregnancy.
Misconception #5: It is best to leave your c-section scar to heal on its own than to massage it
Truth: Although scars won't completely heal, it's encouraged to massage your scar once your incisions have healed. Proper care and rehabilitation can help mobilize and desensitize the scar tissue, reducing discomfort and improving mobility.
If you're looking for treatments to help with C-section scars, you can receive scar mobilisation treatment at M&G Aesthetics with LPG Endermologie which stimulates natural collagen and elastin production to improve the healing process.
As we dispel myths and embrace the truth surrounding C-sections, let's extend our understanding of the emotional terrain that follows. Feeling guilty after a C-section is a common sentiment, but it’s essential to recognize that every birth, regardless of the mode, is a monumental achievement.
Embrace your journey, honor your emotions, and remember that your path to motherhood is beautifully yours – one that deserves recognition, celebration, and the gentle embrace of self-compassion.