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Old May 24th, 2011, 09:55 AM   1
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What hurts more afterwards? C section or vaginal birth?


This is my first (and last) baby but I was just wandering if people could tell me whether they thought a C section was less or more painful AFTER the birth, than say a normal vaginal birth? I am terrifed of having stiches in my girly bits, and I think I am going to have to have stiches because I have always been very small down there and a smear test reduced me to tears and grazed me!

So, for all the people out there that have had a C section AND a vaginal birth, what was less painfull? My friend has had both C section and a vaingal delivery with forceps, and she told me the C section was much easier to cope with! But she did end up with nearly 80 internal stiches where the forceps ripped the inside of her vagina wall...



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Old May 24th, 2011, 09:57 AM   2
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I have to say after lots of abdominal surgery ( no c section ) I cant see any reason why a vaginal birth will hurt more unless thier is a lot of damage. You also have infections and the scar ripping open to think about as well!



 
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Old May 24th, 2011, 10:13 AM   3
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My sister has had both, a planned c-section for her twins and a vaginal delivery with her daughter.

With the vaginal delivery the pethadine she was given didn't work for her, the G&A provided some short term relief and the epidural she was given didn't take effect at all. She did tear too, but I know that she gave birth on a bed, she says she didn't feel them stitching her up as she was numb down there from the birth.

All in all she says the c-section was far worse, the pain recovering was terrible and even a few weeks later she would still be crying on the sofa in pain. I do remember 12 weeks later we walked back from town (took 25 mins) and she haemmoraged quite badly and was in a lot of pain for days afterwards.

I think a vaginal delivery is always best for baby if it's an option for you.

I too am very small down there and smear tests fill me with dread as I find them very painful indeed.

I have been doing perineal massage since week 35 to help stretch me, I have also been taking 1 Evening Primrose Capsule (500mg) a night since 37 weeks and also a Starflower Oil Capsule (1000mg) vaginally up near my cervix too, it all helps to soften things down there.

A water birth can help with the perineum as the warm water can help stretch the muscles. Squatting or giving birth on all fours is wonderful too - squatting actually helps to open up the pelvic area by an extra 10%!!

The best thing is to be as relaxed as possible, so that all of your own relaxing hormones go to the right places and aren't hindered by the release of adrenaline. I am using www.natalhypnotherapy.co.uk and am hoping that I will be lovely and relaxed that my body won't be fighting against baby coming down but will open up and embrace it.

Hope all that helps hun x



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Old May 24th, 2011, 10:15 AM   4
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I haven't had a c section but i have a friend who has had both and they say that vaginal birth is a lot less painful after and recovery time a lot quicker.



 
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Old May 24th, 2011, 10:20 AM   5
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I've had both and I would definately say the vaginal birth was far easier afterwards, both were at 33 weeks.With the c-section I wasn't able to see him for a full 24 hours as no-one was available to push me in a wheel chair and wouldn't let my family do it, I was sore for about 3 weeks after and hated it! With my vbac I was able to walk straight up to special care to see him and no pain whatsoever. xx



 
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Old May 24th, 2011, 10:25 AM   6
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I had a c section with my first and obviously can't compare it to a vaginal birth as thats something i'll never experience. What I can say is after my section, it takes a fair while to get the feeling back in the body. They delivered my son at 12.30pm on a Sunday, and got me out of bed on the monday.

I think with having a little one to care for the pain from the section seemed to be more in the background if that makes sense. I didn't focus or dwell on it, but it was uncomfortable. Most of my stomach was numb, and to be honest 8 years on and I still don't have all the sensation in my tummy which is odd.

Having a section though didn't make me any less able to look after my son, and i'm not scared about having a section this time around xx



 
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Old May 24th, 2011, 10:31 AM   7
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I had a c section with my first and obviously can't compare it to a vaginal birth as thats something i'll never experience. What I can say is after my section, it takes a fair while to get the feeling back in the body. They delivered my son at 12.30pm on a Sunday, and got me out of bed on the monday.

I think with having a little one to care for the pain from the section seemed to be more in the background if that makes sense. I didn't focus or dwell on it, but it was uncomfortable. Most of my stomach was numb, and to be honest 8 years on and I still don't have all the sensation in my tummy which is odd.

Having a section though didn't make me any less able to look after my son, and i'm not scared about having a section this time around xx
This has made me feel a little bit better...I've read to many horror stories about sections



 
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Old May 24th, 2011, 10:32 AM   8
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Vaginal almost always is easier. I had mega tearing into my bum, and honestly, I was fine!



 
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Old May 24th, 2011, 10:37 AM   9
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I had a 4th degree tear with foreceps and I'd take it over an abdominal surgery any day.

The C-section would be 100% easier than a vaginal delivery if it were done higher up on the abdomen, because the location is what makes it so hard to walk, drive, wear pants, etc. ... afterwards. A tear will hurt for a week or so, and your stitches will dissolve, your bits will fall back to normal. I tried to have sex after a week It didn't work out, but the fact that we attempted kind of speaks volumes about the pain(or lack of). I think I started driving in about 2 weeks, where 6 weeks is reccomended with a section.

I had the choice this time around, and I've chosen vaginal birth again.

Hope that helps. I'm sure you'll do great either way hun.



 
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Old May 24th, 2011, 10:38 AM   10
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Mother of 4 - my first baby, i was 8 days over and had to be induced. I had 37 1/2 hours of labour which got me nowhere, 2 x failed ventouse attempts and THEN they decided it was an 'emergency' section lol. I was like 'excuse me, i declared this situation an emergency yesterday!' lol

I have to say the theatre staff were lovely. I remember sitting hunched over on the edge of the bed as best as i could as they put the spinal block in, i remember crying and saying i was scared.....and then i was lovely and calm. The nurses and theatre staff were fantastic and considering what was going on, it was actually a nice experience. That probably sounds strange, but I have no hesitations about having another section. Everyone was very professional but friendly. One nurse even held my hand through the whole thing

It does feel strange whilst its going on, but the second you hear that first cry....you know it's all worth it.

My son was on the SCBU dept at 12 hours old with a chest infection, and that department was a fair walk away, but despite having a section i walked up and down to that unit several times a day with 15 staples in my tummy, and though it was tiring....it didn't bother me. It's just a case of taking it easy. The recovery from a section is longer obviously and you're very limited as to what you can do after a section, for about 12 weeks they say you've got to take it easy - but it's all worth it. Great excuse for getting the other half to do the housework! lol xx



 
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