Having had both one c/sec and two vaginal births, I think it depends entirely on the births. Some people have quite traumatic vaginal births requiring surgery anyway or at least help down the track from repurcussions of said vaginal births, others have vaginal births with no complications. In that instance (vaginal-no complications) a c/sec is definitely harder in terms of recovery as you're coming home after major abdominal surgery and then have to tend to a newborn with all that entails. If you're breastfeeding, the best you can do is take Panadol for the pain and it's a hard slog.
For me, I hated every second of my 'textbook' elective c/sec for a breech baby. I definitely felt robbed, and I begrudge anyone who tells me I am wrong to have felt that way. Why wouldn't I, I ddin't get to experience labour, I didn't get to have those feel good endorphins that get released when you labour and have a baby exit through the birth canal, I was in pain, but moreso, I was mentally affected by it and didn't bond with my baby at all in the early days. It was my first baby and a harrowing time for me. So yes, my baby was very healthy, didn't need any neonatal care, had perfect apgars etc, but it still didn't take away my feelings of being 'robbed'. The c/s still has an impact, because my subsequent births have been vbacs and that too comes with it's own issues etc.
Anyway, I digress.
Even though I suffered a borderline 4th degree tear in one of my births and PPH in my last requiring surgery and blood transfusions, suffer prolapse which will need future surgery, I still think the C/s for me, was harder purely in terms mentally and ongoing. That said, I think c/s is far easier in a physical sense of course, in terms of the actual 'birth'.
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14-06-2012 16:43 #31
14-06-2012 16:57 #32
I had the worst of both worlds. Went through 24 hours labour, then ended up with an emergency c-section. The recovery from the c-section was fine, the labour was much harder. I guess a natural birth it could go either way for recovery, either much harder or much easier.
I'd like to try for a VBAC this time, but I'd be fine with another caesar.
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14-06-2012 17:25 #33
Never had a cesarean but I recently had my appendix taken out and recovering was HELL!
I can't imagine doing that AND looking after a house and a newborn
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14-06-2012 17:38 #34Senior Member
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I don't know if you can really compare the two.
Also, what is the point of comparing them? Birth is hard. Fullstop.
14-06-2012 17:41 #35
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14-06-2012 17:42 #36
I've only had a straightforward vaginal birth and recovered from that well, so I think a c-section is just as hard as a vaginal birth, if not harder. I definitely don't see a c-section as an easy choice, I've had minor abdominal surgery and I can't imagine recovering from major abdominal surgery and dealing with a new bub and everything else that comes from giving birth. You girls are amazing!
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14-06-2012 17:44 #37
My vaginal birth was long, drawn out, traumatic with a 4 month recovery period and I have been left with permanent injuries from it.
Due to this my second birth was an elective c section. There were some hiccups with the spinal. I found the procedure and the following 18 hours extremely unpleasant. I had a bad reaction to the anesthetic and my core temp dropped below 34. However I would still rate my c section a hundred times easier and would choose another one in a heartbeat.
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14-06-2012 17:53 #38
I guess because I'd had previous abdominal surgery I felt more comfortable with that option.
In regards to my earlier comments about not understand people complaining about needing a c section: what do you think you missed out on most? The agony of labour? The tearing of your vag? Light blader leakage? Raising a child with special needs because the birth didn't go as planned?
I'm not trying to be a b1tch here. Many have said they didn't fight their ob enough when he said C Section. I know it's your body, I just don't think you know better than a trained medical professional.
For those who said they weren't mentally prepared for a CS, 30% of births in hospitals are CS, higher in private hospitals. Shouldn't that have been something considered in advance?
People kept asking me when I was pregnant what my birth plan was, and I would answer to get the baby out. I bonded with her just fine, and I certainly felt endorphins when I saw her for the first time. They've actually never stopped since I saw her.
I'm not belittling your feelings, as you feel them so they are very real to you. I'm just pointing out a different point of view.
14-06-2012 17:54 #39Guest Guest
I had an 18hr labour and emergency cs first time and 5 hr vb the 2nd time. My cs was much much harder. I found the pushing phase the easiest part out of both experiences.
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14-06-2012 18:07 #40Senior Member
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I've done both and all things considered (recovery etc) hands down the vbs were at least ten million times harder than the csect. seriously ten million lol.
my csect had some complications but seriously it was easy as. i wouldn't even rate the after pain a 4 outta 10.
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