MOMS TELL ALL: THE C-SECTION STORY
Babies come into this world in magical ways. Sometimes it's stork magic. Sometimes it's surgical magic. That's right, we're talking about c-sections. A cesarean section is a surgical procedure to remove a baby directly from the yoot. We talked to a new mom about her recent c-section experience and she was HONEST. Like, really honest.
So...labor hurts. Right? What is pain similar to?
Labor starts off feeling like really bad period cramps. But once it gets going, the pain crawls up from your lady area to your stomach. It felt like someone was grabbing my stomach by the fist and not letting go. It hurts so much that you forget to breathe (that's why they insist on you practicing breathing) and feel like you are going to pass out. But, YOU WILL SURVIVE.
What was the prep like before the c-section?
My c-section was unplanned...technically it was an emergency, but it freaks me out to call it that. Anyway, I had pushed for two hours to no avail. I started coming down with a fever and my baby's heart rate was increasing to an unsafely high level. She was also under so much stress that she pooped herself while in my belly. YES, THIS IS A THING. At that point, they gave me additional drugs, put my hair into a shower cap, and off to surgery I was going.
Woah, that's so intense. So what was going on with your bod?
Well I had gotten an epidural when I was planning to push, which means I was bedridden. So they had to give me a catheter. This means your urethra is attached to a tube and yes, you have a bag of pee attached to you at all times...lovely. Then the good drugs came along. Epidural drugs are like migraine medicine: you know your body is hurting, but you don't feel anything. C-section drugs are the real deal: I felt like I was doing mushrooms after taking a hit from a bong. I was super out of it, couldn't make full sentences, and wasn't really thinking. Also, these drugs can make you sick. I was shaking uncontrollably throughout my entire c-section and at one point started throwing up.
Aw mama that's so tough. Did the procedure hurt?
The drugs are great and the c-section itself didn't hurt. I actually didn't even know they had started until I heard a baby start crying. It was so surreal.
What does c-section recovery look like?
First of all, I was all pumped up on fluids from the surgery, so my feet and ankles become SWOLLEN. They get huge. Second, you I still bled. Yes, you read that right. A baby did not come out of my vagina, but you still get your "period" for 5-6 weeks after. Bummer. The day after the c-section, I was encouraged to walk around and move. Walking was SO HARD since I just got sliced open had a 5-inch scar. I was a super fit pregnant lady and worked out 6 days a week, so I was so surprised about how difficult it was to just WALK around the hospital. When I got home, I was told to take it easy: no picking up stuff heavier than my baby, no stairs, no cardio, no abs, nada for 8 weeks.
You are literally a super hero. Wow. Any advice for c-section mamas?
My recommendation is to get a postpartum wrap. A postpartum wrap is kinda like SPANX for new moms. It holds everything together, makes you sit up straight, and gives your stomach a little extra support. That thing was AMAZING.
Your body carried human life into the world. That's effing nuts. But it's also still your body, and you're a woman in 2017. So how do you feel now?
Giving birth is definitely nuts and crazy, but it makes you realize every stupid cliche of motherhood is true. It IS amazing. My baby is amazing and my body is amazing. My body somehow created a human, so I worry so much less about how it looks, and more about how it feels. It is a life-giving temple, so now I'm way more picky about what I eat and what I put into my body.
My advice to new moms is to enjoy your body, enjoy every stage of it, try to take it all in (it goes by crazy fast), and don't put too much pressure on yourself to lose the baby weight.A postpartum wrap is kinda like SPANX for new moms. It holds everything together, makes you sit up straight, and gives your stomach a little extra support.
Ohhh that's wise AF. What else, what else?
Have a really frank conversation with your partner about how you want your delivery to go. While you are having contractions and pushing and on drugs, it can be hard to be your own advocate. Have your partner be your advocate in the room and always communicate if there is something going on that's not working for you.
Woah. Romantic and smart.
You bet. And now I have the cutest damn baby out there.
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