The process of childbirth is solely the personal choice that any expectant mother needs to discuss and decide with her partner. You shall have to consult with your doctor to understand what will suit you and your body best. Every pregnancy is one of its kind and unique, your doctor would examine your complete health and advise you the way your pregnancy will be progressing.
An informed decision is worth the risk and is best for your health and your baby’s progress.
Babies have the option to enter this world in one of two ways: Vaginal aka normal delivery or a Caesarean aka C-section delivery. Both the delivery types have their own pros and cons that share a common interest – to safely deliver the baby.
In every medical procedure, risks and benefits form an integral part. And you will be given an option to choose what you think best works for you. And with pregnancy, the parents with an upper hand option to the mother, certainly have the right to elect their childbirth method. You gynecologist will help you decide when you are in a dilemma to choose.
These days, the mothers have left very little work for the gynecologists to explain. Thanks to tons of information available online. The research and knowledge that you stockpile for yourself should help you decide which method have you and your partner agreed on.
Everything you need to know about Vaginal Delivery
Vaginal delivery is the normal childbirth process where the child comes into the world through the mother’s vagina. The mother will be awake during the entire process and it is with her pushing that the child oozes out through the vagina. The head comes out first which is the difficult part making it easy for the body to just slip out. This is by far, the most recommended means of delivery.
Pros of Vaginal Deliveries
- Closed contact between the mother and the baby
- Quicker recovery – 5 days to 3 weeks
- A lesser number of days in the hospital – not more than 4 to 4 days
- Sooner beginning to breastfeeding
- Barring of inherent surgery risks like a perennial scarring, heavy blood loss, infections and allergies, complications with anesthesia and pain medications
- Helps to eradicate the fluid from the baby’s lungs as he or she moves out through the birth canal
- Baby gets the beneficial bacteria available in the birth canal and this supports immunity
Cons of Vaginal Deliveries
- Longer hours, any time preparedness and more physically involving delivery
- Vaginal stretching and vaginal tearing will be alleviated by sutures or an episiotomy
- Rare but possible weakening of pelvic muscles
- Expected lingering complications with bowel or urinary incontinence
- Sore perineum for a few days to weeks
- Sexual discomforts for a few months
Everything you need to know about Caesarian Delivery
A C-section or a caesarian delivery is the means of giving childbirth by allowing your abdomen to take a cut. The child is usually brought to the world by putting an incision on the mother’s gut. This is a planned surgical procedure of childbirth. The first horizontal or vertical incision on the abdominal wall helps to make a second incision into the wall of the uterus. The baby is extracted via the uterine wall, the umbilical cord is divided, and the placenta is detached, following the suturing of the uterus and abdominal wall. These deliveries are completed in less than an hour. Unlike vaginal delivery, the parents get an option to plan when their child needs to see the world. And those who believe in astrology, go to the heights of planning the second and the minute when the incision needs to be made.
Pros of C-Sections
- Convenience and not comfort – C-sections have the option to get scheduled in advance
- It saves the mother and baby when either or both of them are open to threats
Cons of C-Sections
- Longer hospital stays
- Complications risks are high
- Post delivery pain at and around the incision place
- Prolonged pain
- Faint abdominal muscles
- High blood loss and high risk of blood clots
- Longer recovery time – up to 2 to 3 months
- Possibilities of infant breathing issues like asthma
- Relatively a longer time for the mother and baby to pair for breastfeeding
- Increased risk of death
- The necessity of consecutive C-Section are high
- Additional risks that involve the placenta, particularly in subsequent pregnancies
- Higher possibilities that the baby will be admitted in NICU [Neonatal Intensive Care Unit] post delivery
- Higher risk of stillbirth
- And, higher chances of frequent visits to the hospital