Keeping Positive About a Scheduled C-Section

My new baby will be here in 2 days!!! He is my 3rd boy, and I knew before I ever got pregnant that it would have to be a scheduled c-section. Yes, have to. I am very much pro natural birth, pro home birth if a woman chooses, and pretty anti elective c-section. I just don’t feel like it’s a safe choice for mama and baby unless it is a case where it’s actually safer than any other option.

I have to admit that as much as I would love to not only experience a natural birth, but also to not have to recover from a major surgery with a new baby, there has been a lot of peace that’s gone along with knowing I won’t have to experience the pain and exhaustion of a long labor, followed by the disappointment and even more exhaustion of a surgery. And there are a lot of positives this time around. Even though there are plenty of things for me to be nervous (or even terrified about if I so choose), I am focusing on those positives.

Here are some of the things that I’m looking forward to:

1. In knowing the day (Oct. 1st!!!), I have been able to arrange child care, get my home in order, and make all other plans and arrangements that are usually up in the air. I wouldn’t take it over a natural birth given the choice, but it is really nice.

2. This time around, I can go in with my hair fixed and my makeup applied, so I might actually look halfway decent in the new baby pictures, as opposed to looking like I’d been attached to the back of a train by my hair, and dragged through Hell.

3. I’m looking forward to the IV. I know that sounds crazy, but I have been dehydrated this entire pregnancy. I don’t know why, I never had this problem before, but I cannot drink the water I need. By the time I leave the hospital, I’ll have more water in my system than I know what to do with.

4. I’m looking forward to the catheter. Now you probably think I’m insane, but hey, not having to get up to pee every 20 minutes is reeeeeally nice. It was especially relieving after a long labor, but I look forward to it this time just the same.

5. I’m looking forward to not having to worry about anything but myself and the baby. Really, resting is the only concern for myself. People will bring me my meals, my kids will be cared for, and anything else I want or need will be available to me at the snap of my fingers. (By either the staff or my husband.)

6. I’m looking forward to the pain medication. I know it isn’t the best thing for me or the baby, and I plan to use it sparingly, but this whole pregnancy has been really painful. Nothing like the other two. It’ll be nice to have a little respite from that.

My ultrasound at 36 weeks. Look at those cheeks!

Okay, those are all I can think of now. What I look forward to the most though, is meeting this little boy. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for him, and in 2 days, I finally get to hold him. The only thing in the world I want to do right now is just touch him, smell him, and stare at him for hours. 2 more days!!!

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3 thoughts on “Keeping Positive About a Scheduled C-Section

  1. Almost time! I’m so excited for you – and have all my fingers and toes crossed for a speedy, safe, and beautiful delivery. Having had one natural birth and one ‘elective’ C-section (baby 2 was breech and if I’d gone into labour he would have died, so they wouldn’t let me go into labour. Why is that counted as elective?!) I agree with all your points, and seriously wish you the best. None of our options for birthing are ‘good’ – but this is heaps better than a long labour and then an c-sec, you are right! Can’t wait to see your beautiful baby photos and happy smiling face! 😀

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