Fear of a caesarean section is very common among pregnant women, especially for first-time mothers. Generally, this is influenced by a lack of information.
However, you have to keep in mind that, in some cases, this surgical procedure could be the safest way to give birth, without putting the health of the mother or the baby at risk.
The caesarean section index in Spain
In the majority of occidental countries, the caesarean indexes shot up between the 80s and 90s. There were many causes for this, but among them was the fear of the pain that comes with natural birth.
Every woman has the right to choose the right kind of birth for her, always keeping in mind the advice from her doctor. However, it is important to mention that caesarean should not be used as a typical procedure.
This is a surgical procedure that was developed for specific cases when natural birth presented a risk for the life of the mother of baby.
A healthy woman’s body is prepared to resist and recover from natural birth. Because of this, although there’s a lot of fear surrounding this experience, it is necessary to get over it. To do that, you have to keep in mind that if your body is in good health, there’s no reason to be afraid.
If your doctor finds any unfavorable conditions that may affect your birth during a check-up, he may recommend a caesarean section. This procedure must have a certain schedule in order for it to be successful.
How to get over your fear of a caesarean section
Humans are naturally fearful. We’re afraid of the things we don’t understand.
For a pregnant woman who has never been in an operating room, a caesarean section presents a lot of uncertainties. It’s very understandable that she’s afraid and wants to avoid this experience.
The first thing we have to understand is that a caesarean birth, like all surgical procedures, requires preparation. This doesn’t just mean choosing a great professional to take care of the birth, but this is an essential part.
Every woman should be accompanied before, during and after birth by a trusted specialist.
However, preparing for a caesarean birth also requires commitment for a to-be mother and everyone around her. It’s essential to provide a positive environment and the right conditions for the good health of mom and baby.
It’s also important to not add the weight of frustration to the caesarean. Many women feel sad or incapable because they cannot have a natural birth like they want. This negative mood can affect their preparation and increase their fear of the procedure.
When a doctor says you cannot have a natural birth, it’s to protect both your life and that of the baby. In these cases, a caesarean section is vital for guaranteeing a safe birth.
Perceiving the caesarean section better: before, during and after
Knowledge is our best ally for fighting any fears.
So, it is necessary that the woman takes on a proactive attitude and looks for information about this topic. She should also speak with her doctor regarding any questions. That way, she will better understand the topic.
It’s very important to clear up any doubts with your doctor. This will put to rest any false beliefs or myths that will keep you from having a calm and confident pregnancy.
1. Preparing for the operating room: before the c-section
Before going into the operating room, the expecting mother should take a walk around the hospital and prepare herself for the procedure. In some cases, caesarean sections are urgent, but in the majority, they are planned.
- It is recommended that the pregnant woman starts to fast between 5 and 6 hours before the operation.
- In addition, it’s also important that you don’t drink any liquids 2 hours before the procedure.
- Try to distract yourself with something so that you don’t get unnecessarily stressed. This will help your mood. Keep a positive attitude!
2. Entering the operating room: the c-section itself
When you’re admitted to the operating room, the first part of the c-section is the anesthesia. It’s applied to the lumbar area.
Currently, they usually use spinal anesthesia which works quickly and puts the lower part of your body “to sleep.” This guarantees that the procedure is painless.
The birth itself tends to be very fast. The extraction of the baby tends to take between 10 and 15 minutes.
meanwhile, the longest part of the procedure is the stitching of the incision in the abdomen and the uterus of the woman. This part of the procedure can take up to 60 minutes.
3. Recovering from a c-section: “after” the birth
Every birth requires time to recover. If everything goes as planned, the mother will remain in the hospital for 24-48 hours. Recovery will start in the same hospital and she will be kept under supervision for approximately 4 to 6 days.
However, the majority of her recovery will take place at home. So, it is very important to avoid any physical exertion, to stay in a positive environment and to maintain a healthy diet.
Caesarean birth isn’t as hard as you may think. It all comes down to a good attitude and confidence both in your doctor, yourself and your environment.