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Your feelings after a caesarean birth

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Your feelings after a caesarean birth

If you’ve recently given birth via caesarean section, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the physical and emotional changes you are experiencing in your body, while still trying to adjust to being a new parent and figuring out how to care for a newborn. In this article, we will explore some of the most common feelings after caesarean birth and talk about how to handle them in order to help your recovery process go as smoothly as possible. [Feelings after c-section]

Emotions

After giving birth by c-section, many women experience mixed emotions: relief that they don’t have stitches to worry about, but also sadness that their baby didn’t make it out naturally. Understandably, you may feel like something is missing from your birthing experience. But try not to feel sad—there are upsides to having a c-section: For example, you and your baby are less likely to acquire infections or get an STI than if you had natural childbirth.

Questions to ask your partner

Be sure to talk with your partner and keep him or her in the loop. Even if he’s not in attendance for your surgery, you’ll still have some pain and discomfort for several days following it, so ask for help with running errands, housework, child care and cooking. If there are kids involved, have your partner plan to be home from work early enough to handle child-rearing duties during your recovery.

Will I ever be able to give birth naturally?

Many women wonder if they will ever be able to give birth naturally after having had an emergency C-section. I am glad you asked, because there is plenty of good news for you. Despite popular belief, your chances of vaginal birth are increased if you have had one previous C-section. In fact, in some cases, it may even be a better choice for you than repeat surgery.

Getting stronger physically and mentally

If you’ve had a c-section, it can be tough to recover both physically and mentally. But remember that your body is used to giving birth naturally. Make sure you’re getting plenty of rest and spending time with your family. It might take a few weeks for you to get back into shape, but don’t let that discourage you from trying again in future. A healthy body has no boundaries—so try getting pregnant again as soon as possible!

What you can do with your infant

Mother and baby should be able to share skin-to-skin contact at all times, since it makes your infant feel safe. Your baby will also be more open to being picked up, so try holding him while sitting in bed or seated on a couch. (Caution: if you’re breastfeeding, wait until your wound has fully healed before doing so). As for bathing your little one, you can sponge bath him from above or below—just make sure not to submerge his head in water!

Should I get over my fear of having another c-section?

You’ve heard it all before: Caesarean births are on the rise. C-sections are generally considered safe, but they do come with certain risks – including longer recovery time and, possibly, infertility. That’s why some women choose to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), even though most doctors prefer that mothers give birth via C-section instead. But what if you’re really, really afraid of another surgical delivery?

Is it ok to bottle feed my baby if I had a c-section?

The short answer is yes. More than 99 percent of newborns are fed breast milk and formula, regardless of delivery method. If you have had a c-section, there is no reason why you can’t provide your baby with that precious gift from your own body—and you should do it soon after delivery to ensure she gets off to a good start.

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