C-sections aren’t some cop-out. They’re scary, and take a tremendous amount of strength, courage, and faith.
Motherhood is a daunting prospect to think about. It brings dramatic change to one’s life as new responsibilities, worries and hopes begin to churn in the mind. It’s also one of the most rewarding things a woman can ever do. I recently spoke with a friend who was telling me how an older woman had berated and belittled her as a mother because she hadn’t given birth the “natural way.” While my friend was giving birth, something went wrong and they had to perform an emergency Caesarean section to save her daughter--an experience that so many other women can relate to.
C-sections aren’t some cop-out. They’re scary, and take a tremendous amount of strength, courage, and faith. Here are 3 truths about women who have C-sections that more people need to understand.
Many people are completely unaware that C-sections are actually a major surgical procedure that can have major consequences should something go wrong. Once the baby is safely removed and alive, the battle isn’t over. Doctors won’t know for sure whether or not the mother is okay until the anesthesia has passed.
Not to mention, the mother is fully awake and conscious when they start performing the surgery. While she might not feel the pain, she is very aware of what’s happening and experiences the dull, unpleasant sensations of the movement happening inside of her. For some, it is a traumatic experience, yet they endure because they know it will be worth it in the end.
Not only are C-sections incredibly risky for both the mother and the child, the mothers who undergo them often find themselves alone in the operating room due to the dramatic nature of the surgery. This leaves them without support or a familiar face telling them things will be okay. They’re left completely uncertain as to all the little details; they just know it’s something that needs to be done, regardless of their well-being.
It truly is a war being waged between fear and loneliness and the undying love they have for their child.
Typically during a C-section, doctors must cut through *all* of the tissue in the lower abdomen. Once this is done, the uterus is opened with a second incision. As one might imagine, the recovery process for this type of surgery is incredibly painful and uncomfortable. Typically, they recommend the mother rest in the hospital for several days before going home. But, a mother with a newborn has her entire world focused on her child. She does whatever she can, even when it means being exhausted and in constant pain. They must find an inner strength that puts their baby before themselves, even when they’re in a weakened state.
They do it because they know every new change in their life is worth it. And everything they do now is for the sake of that little piece of them that have arrived in this world ready to grow into a beautiful person. They’re reminded that their sacrifice is not in vain every time their baby smiles at them, grasps their finger, or makes a silly face. C-section mothers are left with a scar that tells them every day just how strong and capable they are. If you’re a C-section mom, never feel as though your scar is shameful. Wear it with pride and recognize it for the symbol that it is. A symbol of strength, courage, bravery and, love.