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    I was fine after my first vb delivery, but slightly incontinent after my second vb delivery. I did my pelvic floor exercises and managed to get back to normal relatively quickly.

    I did get slight stinging pain after my first delivery due to an episiotomy, but I was walking around after my second within about 20 minutes post delivery of placenta with minimal issues and only grazing.
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    I had a vaginal birth with a tiny internal tear. I got two stitches and only felt a slight stinging once when I pee'd.
    Pooping was a bit weird for about two weeks. I wasn't as regular as I was pre birth but when I did go, there was the feeling of some pressure. Not totally painful but a little uncomfortable.
    After giving birth, I actually felt more pain in the back end than the front for a couple of days.

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    I had an elective CS due to bubs size and position and have had no ill effects.

    Bub was born at 8.30 am and I was up out of bed showering without any assistance at 6pm that evening. My catheter was removed first thing thing the following morning. I had no issues with the catheter although when I first went to wee after having it removed it took my muscles a few minutes to remember what to do! I had no pain though.

    One thing I will mention though in regards to the lochia is something that nobody told me to expect and some people may be horrified by. During the 24 hours between having my CS and my catheter being removed, the midwives would come in and check my lochia and change my pad for me on a very regular basis which is a bit personal but has to be done I guess.

    My recovery in general from the CS was great. I was walking around the ward no problems the following day, was able to change DS's nappies, gave him his first bath etc, It was only that first day when I still had the effects of the spinal/epidural that DH had to provide most of the care whilst I lay in bed. We went home from hospital on day 5 and I was a bit tender if I did too much but other than that I carried in as normal and would take a rest when I felt a bit achy. I was out walking DS in the pram 8 days after my CS and was driving again after 2 weeks although to be honest I probably felt fine to drive sooner.

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    I've had 2 elective c sections.

    First time round it was for medical reasons (I had placenta pravia) and because of this I ended up losing a lot of blood and my obstetrician had to insert a bakri balloon to stop the bleeding and I needed blood transfusions. I wasn't allowed up for a few days after bub was born so I spent a bit more time with a catheter in and having the nurses check my pad etc. The balloon was taken out by my ob about 24 hours after the birth (she just pulled it out). As I wasn't up and moving as soon as what they normally like, I found it very painful to get up and start moving. I needed both the nurse and my hubby to help me get out of bed, and then I needed hubby to help me shower and go to the loo (just the first time). I was quite constipated from the pain killers and my ob prescribed a laxative to take. I think it was partly being scared of going and opening up my wound. Once I took the laxative I was fine as long as I kept up with lots of water.

    Second time round was a smoother experience. No placenta pravia and everything went fine during the surgery. I was up and moving 24 hours after bub was born. A lot less pain this time and managed to get out of bed, shower and go to the loo all by myself. Asked the nurses for some Metamucil this time so didn't end up getting blocked up.

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    I've had 2 vaginal births with no tears or grazes (big babies but small heads!) I had no urinary or bowel incontinence. Both deliveries were natural water births. Normally I'd be pro waterbirth but in your case I would not recommend as both times I pooped in the water while pushing! It is very normal to poo during pushing stage, and the midwives will clean it away and you won't even know. It is also quite common to get the runs in early labour so your bowel might be empty instead. A full bladder can block the birth canal so you should urinate frequently during labour, in fact sitting on a toilet can be a great place to labour as you don't have to worry about needing to pee or poop!

    Do you have a phobia about (public) toilets? One of the pros of an uncomplicated vaginal delivery is that you can go home a few hours after the birth if you like. That way you can use your own bathroom and you should be able to have home visits from a midwife to check on the baby/help with breastfeeding etc. The familiar surroundings might easy anxiety.

    If you're 50:50 about which mode of delivery other information about the pros and cons might sway you one way or the other. For example is PND more common post-CS or VB? Recovery can be difficult with either way but an uncomplicated vaginal birth is definitely the quickest recovery- unfortunately you can't guarantee that's what you'll get!

    I also recommend pelvic floor exercises ante- and post-natally.

    And BTW I have IBS so although I don't have the same phobia as you I know what toilet anxiety is like!

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    I've skimmed over the answers very quickly and haven't seen it mentioned so thought it worth throwing in there:
    Something to consider with a c section is that you will need to have a catheter in situ. They will leave it in, probably for about 24 hours depending on what time your surgery is and how you're feeling.
    Having it taken out can be quite uncomfortable.
    Not sure how your anxiety/phobia would be affected by that so worth taking into account.

    I've had two csections followed by a vaginal homebirth with bilabial tears, no stitching.
    Each birth type presented with its own toileting issues:

    Csections: mostly difficulty with bowel movements, constipation post surgery, severe gas pains, pain getting up and down to go to the toilet.
    Vaginal: pain from the tears which was manageable by taking ural. Difficulty urinating for first 24 hours or so as the sensation to my bladder was affected by giving birth.

    The issues were much shorter lived by far from the vaginal birth but were also more intense while they did last.

    I honestly don't think you can just read "I did xyz, and it was amazing" "or I've done both and my csection/vaginal birth was the better of the two" and make your decision. Only you know how your phobia works and only you know what will be harder/easier for you to cope with.

    All the best with your decision, and your phobia. I hope the outcome places as little stress on your fears as possible.

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    @francesca1, I don't have the experience of having a c-section so I can't tell you what that's like but I can tell you my vaginal birth experience. Firstly, any damage to your pelvic floor is mostly done by carrying the baby and not by actually pushing the baby out. Are you doing your Kegel exercises? Make sure you get on that if you're not, never too late to start! It'll help with any incontinence later.

    Now, I suffered incontinence during pregnancy but haven't suffered long term since giving birth despite doing it vaginally. In the beginning when DS was newborn (so the first month or two), I suffered incontinence mostly after showering. While toweling myself off I would have to run to the toilet and go if I didn't want to leak anywhere. I do not miss that! I can't say for sure exactly when it went away but it did.

    If I was personally in your shoes, I wouldn't go vaginal because of the chance of it going badly. I had a fairly straightforward birth and had small tearing with internal stitches and yet it was PAINFUL AS HELL to go to the toilet. Yes, that needed to be capitalised because even though I don't have a regular fear of going to the toilet, I developed one for the period until it got better! I hated needing to go to the toilet knowing how painful it was going to be. I used flushable wipes but it was still awful and I cried pretty much every time I had to go. That lasted about three or four weeks, again, I don't know for sure.

    I think that given your particular fear it would set you back so incredibly badly if you happened to have an experience like mine. On the other hand, I know plenty of women who were fine afterwards but I definitely wasn't.

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    I had an emergency C-section to remove my premmie DS.

    They had to cut me vertically and horizontally to get him out because he was difficult to remove (lying transverse).

    I have no issues at all with anything not returning to normal.

    Catheter removal the next day was a strange sensation, but it's over pretty quickly.

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    Spontaneous labour at 40+5. Bub was big with a big 38cm head. Episiotomy, gas and an epidural that caused heart rate of bub and I and my BP to drop so I didn't get anymore.
    3 hour labour and I was most afraid of doing a p.oo in labour or wetting myself - silly fear given its not like I could have helped it.
    DF assures me I didn't but then felt the need to tell me I did a big stinky fart instead! I was mortified!
    I don't think my pelvic floor was all that strong before pregnancy and birth and it seems to be not as good now (e.g can't stop a flow of urine) but I have sneezed, coughed and laughed many times and have never felt like I would have an accident. I've also never felt like I need to rush to the toilet. I always have plenty of time.

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    I had a vaginal birth
    My psysio said the pelvic floor weakness that can happen in a lot of women is from the pregnancy hormones. Whether you have a vb or cs.This can remain until periods return or after around 6 mths

    My pelvic floor wasn't very good at all but it didn't cause Incontinance.
    I also had a 3c tear but that has also not made me incontinent
    I also have a slight cystocele. (Not considered prolapse) and that also hasn't caused Incontinance
    I can't wear tampons anymore though
    But I have been advised to have cs next time due to possibly having another tear because my internal structure is considered small, even for an average sized bub
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