Seems scary as in giving labor and feeling like you're in the worst pain you could ever be. And the thought of they might cut you up just for c-section? Or needles injecting or even IV tubes? I know you guys might be saying "Focus on your education"I am. Just curious though.
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isn't it do your damn homework?0
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I've given natural birth 3 times, no epidural, no nothin' pretty much.
Obviously, it wasn't the pinnacle of comfort... lol. It's not really the kind of thing that's easy to put into words, although I tried my best to describe it in my opinion here:
Luckily, I didn't ever need a cesarean. (My husband is 3 inches shorter than me; that's probably a big part of why.) That's something doctors are good at performing -- it's the single most common surgical operation in US hospitals, by a big fat long shot -- but, still, some of my girlfriends have come out on the worse end of it.
First of all, in a C-section they slice right through yr rectus abnominis muscle (the "six pack" muscle) -- so, there's all the crazy shit associated with healing that sort of trauma. (One of my girlfriends had to have an Asian-style squat toilet installed in her house after her C-section, because it took her 8 months to be able to *push* out a bowel movement again. That's the worst I've seen -- some women breeze through the recovery -- BUT STILL.)
Second... those birthing rooms are fucking MACHINES. They want you in and out. When they sew a woman up after a C-section, they are NOT doing it with ANY sort of mind to aesthetics.
And so, you'll have women who get sewn up in a way that gives them that "shelf" of skin on their lower stomach -- which will be there in perpetuity, unless they have the mommy makeover surgery to get rid of it. Ugh.
C-sections aren't all downsides, though. A couple of the upsides --
• The baby doesn't come down through the birth canal, so you don't have to worry about putting yrself through a rigorous program of Kegel exercises to get yr pelvic floor tone and "tightness" back.
• Yr body doesn't release as much relaxin (= the hormone that relaxes the birth canal during natural delivery). Relaxin is the hormone that also causes some women's foot ligaments to relax in the same way -- which can lead to increases in shoe size and width. In other words, if you give natural birth, it's a lot more likely that you might suddenly have to sell all yr beloved heels, because they're all a size too small now. (I'm a shoe whore, so I did EVERYTHING in my power to prevent this -- wearing compression stockings nonstop, doing most of my work in bed with my legs up, etc. It worked, but, not every woman has the freedom to do all those things all the time for all those months.)1
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