Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding

Caesarean Section Awareness Month

As April is #caesareanawarenessmonth I thought I would share a bit of my caesarean section birth story (just in time before we are in May!).

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About to be induced.

This picture was taken when I was 42 weeks pregnant just as I was about to be induced. Little did I know at this point that I was about to have a several day long labour, an emergency caesarean section and then a few months of complications. 

Caesareans, in my experience, definitely aren’t an easy way out of giving birth and the recovery can be difficult. Even now, almost 11 months after mine, I don’t feel fully recovered. I also found that there was a lack support and guidance of how to look after myself whilst I recovered. I’m not saying that natural delivery is easier or that there is less recovery because any delivery is a massive thing to happen to our bodies and it takes a long time to get back to normal.

I think its great that caesareans do now exist to help if there are health concerns for mum or baby and they save many lives. Although I also think that more generally child birth is sometimes unnecessarily over medicalised. I would highly recommend hypnobirthing, even for a caesarean delivery, as I found it really helped me stay calm throughout the labour, surgery and then throughout the recovery. 

But whether you have a caesarean or natural delivery, you have just given birth to your baby and that’s pretty amazing! I occasionally have to remind myself of this because sometimes I feel guilty for not having the birth that I planned and feel I missed out on some of Jasper’s first months as I was recovering.

I would like to hear your thoughts on caesareans or birth in general in the comments or on Instagram or Twitter.

Thanks for reading, Jen x

10 thoughts on “Caesarean Section Awareness Month”

    1. I agree, I used to be envious of people that had a vaginal birth but I’ve now realised both are tough. I think your right about the antenatal care, I was made aware of the different birth options but literally had no idea how I should look after myself after birth xx

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  1. My perfect birth would of been a water birth. I used hypnotherapy and had a natural birth, which workes really well for me. I agree with you completely. People who believe a c section is easy are so wrong!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Alyssa
    THESACREDSPACEAP.COM

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    1. So did I, I even had someone say to me when I was pregnant ‘are you to posh to push?’ which makes it seem like it will be easy. I’ve never had a vaginal delivery but I imagine they are just as tough on our bodies in a different way. Thanks for sharing your experience x

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