Updated: Dec 6, 2021
A c-section, especially an elective c-section was never in my birth plan due to many reasons. It just felt unnecessary to voluntarily choose it. But my destiny was planned in another way. I went through an Emergency c-section with my first and an elective c-section with my second child as I was not a good candidate for VBAC.
I would like to discuss the Pros and Cons of an elective c-section along with my experiences in every aspect.
Note: I am only going to discuss the general pros and cons related to the mother undergoing the c-section and my experience largely. There are benefits and risks to the baby also, but that is debatable in the medical community as well, so not going into that subject.
You skip the labor and the pain of it.
Yes, there is no question about that. In case you do not go into labor before your scheduled c-section you successfully skip the long labor and the excruciating pain. However, there are women who went into labor before their scheduled date and successfully delivered babies vaginally, some underwent an emergency c-section and some had their labor stalled medically.
You can plan things better
Yes you can even get your hair blow dryed before heading in to have your baby. You can pack your hospital well in advance.
Less chances of pelvic organ prolapse and losing of bladder control
I don't have urinary incontinence post both my deliveries. But I had it during my pregnancies to some extent. I did have tremedous pelvic pressure and pain during both pregnancies but that resolved with time and I did not have pelvic organ prolapse fortunately.
Vagina is not injured/torn
It is a Major Surgery
It is a major abdominal surgery and has many risks associated with it. It is said that for a good surgeon a c-section is like changing a tire. But there are many problems like high BP, blood clotting, uterine damage which your ob-gyn can explain you about. It is always good to be completely informed about every procedure that you decide to go through.
Along with the risks associated, the recovery process is long. It takes upto six weeks for you to start daily strenuous activities and that also when you are given an okay, by your ob-gyn. And the pain on the incision and lower abdomen is very much real during the first few days. I found it difficult to walk upright during the first 3 to 4 days after my c-section.
Risks in future pregnancies like low lying placenta, placenta acreata.
I had a low lying placenta in my second pregnancy post my first c-section but the placenta gradually moved upwards in the end term. However, I was going to have an elective c-section only, due to the less gap in both of my pregnancies.
I had an emergecy c-section with my first and elective c-section with my second. Read my Emergency c-section birth story here: