10 C-Section Myths that Need to Stop

There are many myths that still circulate around pregnancy and birth but when it comes to caesarean sections, there are many more. HARTMANN Direct take an objective look at these myths and why they are untrue.

Myth 1: C-Sections aren’t birth

Cruel and unnecessary, this myth places women in a position where they feel their pregnancy and birth are less than one which has resulted in a vaginal birth.

C-sections are often unplanned and a solution to issues during labour of birth that is placing the mother and her baby’s health in danger. Like all mothers, a mother undergoing a C-section is not taking the easy way out but making the decision that is safe for her and her baby.

Myth 2: You don’t need a birthing plan

If a C-section is planned, you still deserve to have the best birth for you, telling people what you do and don’t want to happen. It is still a profound and moving birthing experience.

Myth 3: C-sections are not a big deal

They may be becoming more common, but they are a big deal. For starters, giving birth is a big deal and a C-section adds surgery to the list.

This is why opting for a C-section birth is not an easy choice or one to be taken lightly. Recovery after birth and surgery takes longer and you will need extra support when you and your baby go home from the hospital.

Myth 4: You can’t breastfeed after a C-section

It may be a little more challenging to breastfeed after a C-section. There are many reasons why from not being able to get into a comfortable position to your pain medication making your baby sleepy. But it is possible with the right help and support.

Myth 5: Women don’t bleed after a C-section

Women can bleed after a C-section because the uterus is healing from placental separation, something that happens in both vaginal and C-section births. The uterus will also shrink back to pre-pregnancy size and so you will need those maxi-pads!

Myth 6: Once you’ve had one C-section…

It is a common myth and one that many women find upsetting that once they have had one C-section, the possibility of giving birth vaginally is not possible.

But it is. However, it takes lots of questions, lots of advocating on your behalf and lots of support and help in many cases.

But don’t accept that because your other babies were birthed via C-section that any babies born afterwards will have to be birthed in the same way.

Myth 7: You won’t feel anything with a C-section

You won’t feel pain, but you will feel the sensation of pressure on the abdomen as the surgical team bring your baby into the world. It’s worth knowing as it catches some women out.

Myth 8: You’ll be bedridden for weeks…

Quite the opposite, in fact! All modern surgical interventions come with the advice to be up and walking around as soon as you can. But everything needs to be in balance!

Myth 9: You can’t do skin-to-skin contact after a C-section

Skin-to-skin contact between you and your baby is one of the most glorious things to happen in the first few seconds after giving birth. It has so many emotional and physical benefits for you and your baby.

You can do this after a C-section, just let the surgical team know that this is what you want. If you can’t, your partner can do it!

Myth 10: Having a C-section means you won’t get post-natal depression

Post-natal depression is not linked to HOW you give birth but is related to hormonal changes, amongst other things.

No matter how you give birth, your hormone levels will fluctuate and change from the time you are pregnant. Certain hormones surge to start off labour with other hormones coming in to play once you have given birth to start the production of colostrum and then your breast milk.

And then hormones start to return to pre-pregnancy levels and it is sometimes this sudden drop of the ‘blooming’ hormones that can place new mums – and dads and partners too – at the mercy of post-natal depression.

Be aware of your emotional status. If you feel sad, unhappy or low, talk to someone, whether that is a trusted friend who can listen and support you or your midwife or health visitors.

If you do feel you are struggling with symptoms of PND, you can consider support like online therapy with ThriveTalk.

What other C-section myths do you think need to be challenged?

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  1. Speak the truth girl!

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