Our parents used to hold full prayer sessions because of C-section. This is because it isn’t the usual natural birth they are used to. Besides, anything that had to do with surgeries was of the devil so woe betides whoever was trying to bewitch their children out of a natural birth. These days, more and safer c-section procedures are carried out on moms-to-be with a little extra cash.
Some women undergo this procedure by choice as they do not want to feel the pain that comes with pushing a whole baby out of you; while some have to opt for it because of a medical condition or another that requires them to do a c-section. Let’s check out a few facts about this procedure:
C-sections are more than 1000 years old
According to history, the first woman to have possibly survived a c section was said to be a young, seventeen year old French lady who later became the Queen of Bohemia. It happened in the year 1337. C-sections were also performed in many other regions and there have been countless references to surgeries that seemingly describe c-sections in ancient Hindu, Egyptian and Roman folklore. However, most records indicate that the surgeries ended up with the death of the mothers.
Includes some big risks
Now you really can’t blame our mothers for thinking the worst of surgeries, can you? It naturally comes with risks and the thought of being cut open (however numb) will definitely scare anyone. Before surgery, your doctor will have you sign a form of agreement that indemnifies them from being sued in case anything bad happens ( E.g. Spinal injury due to the epidural, baby gets scarred from the incision, stillbirth, and other complications).
The risks involved are death, bladder infection and accidental cuts in babies, resulting in a slight scar on their body. But this is usually the most minor of concerns as scars can heal over time.
Any woman can opt for it at any time
While some modern mothers might not opt for a c-section by choice, it might have to be a choice when certain circumstances arise that isn’t part of your plan. Labour time might take longer than anyone expected – which could lead to foetal distress; complicated pregnancies resulting in breeched babies and the contraction of genital herpes are some high risk examples that make the c-section an open option for expecting mothers.
Named after Julius Caesar
Legend has it that the great Julius Caesar was born through a c-section hence his name, but history has shown that to be untrue and that the very first c section dates back to around 300BC when an Indian princess who consumed poison by accident died before she could give birth to her child. Under Julius’ his jurisdiction and law, any attempt to cut open a woman’s womb could only be applied to a dead or dying mother whose family’s wish is to save the child, hence the name Caesarean Surgery.
Can be bedridden for up to 24 hours after surgery
After all the cutting and sewing, the best thing you’d need is definitely a full 24hours rest. Some women won’t be able to move their legs for the first two days. You need a few days after surgery to be able to walk a little bit well again. Please ensure you leave all types of post-partum exercises till a month or two after to avoid your stitches coming off.
You can also still do natural birth if you wish
You don’t have to always do a c-section once you’ve had it done once. That’s history now. In recent times, you can decide to go for a natural birth if you so desire. The point is that in the end, you have a beautiful baby out in the world!
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