If you’re deliberating between a vaginal birth and a caesarean delivery, let this article be your guiding light.
Counting down to your big day can be a period fraught with worries and woes. And big questions. Like how much will it hurt, how long will it take and what delivery method is best? The truth is, vaginal and caesarean deliveries each have their pros and cons, and your doctor may recommend either, based on your medical profile, birthing history and health of your baby. If you’re wondering what the difference is between these two birthing methods, allow us to cast a spotlight.
A vaginal birth is the birth of a baby the ‘natural’ way, via the vagina. As a natural means of delivery, a vaginal birth allows for faster healing and a shorter hospital stay, as compared to a C-section. Also, this method of delivery seldom involves any surgical intervention and hence, holds a lower risk of scarring and complications. Here are the pros and cons.
Unlike a vaginal birth, a caesarean birth, or a C-section as it is otherwise known, involves a surgical incision through the abdominal wall, into the uterus. A C-section may be recommended by your doctor if you have previously had C-sections, if your baby is in a breech position (head up, feet down) or if your medical condition isn’t conducive to a natural delivery. Alternatively, you may be given the option of an elective C-section for sheer practicality. A C-section is usually planned beforehand, so you know exactly when you will welcome your little sunshine into the world. The method entails a slower recovery and a longer hospital stay than a vaginal birth. Here are the pros and cons.
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Whether you’re driven by decisions personal or professional, practical or emotional, ultimately, your birthing method should be a decision governed by you and your partner, and approved by your doctor. While you may want a natural birth, you may be advised a C-section for health reasons. Or vice versa. Childbirth doesn’t always go according to plan and it’s important to think ahead and discuss options with your doctor.
Also, have a Plan B in place. When you plan for the unexpected, chances are, you’ll know exactly what to expect.
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