A new mom-to-be spends each day of the 9 long months of her pregnancy imagining the day she will finally get to meet her precious little one. She does everything in her power to make the perfect arrangements to give a grand welcome to her baby.
But amongst all these excitement and joy, there is always one concern that bothers every pregnant woman, i.e., which delivery method would be best to ensure a less complicated and somewhat less painful delivery. During childbirth, ensuring the safety of both the mother and the child becomes the top-most priority. While generally a vaginal or natural delivery is preferred, due to some complications or personal choice one may have a cesarean delivery as well.
If you too are contemplating the pros and cons of both the methods of delivery and are unsure of which is better and why, here is everything you need to know in order to make a well-informed decision between the natural birth of your child vs. C-section.
Difference between natural birth and C-section
Vaginal birth is the natural way of delivery, where the baby comes out of the uterus through the vaginal opening. This process can be gruelling and painful for the mother due to long hours of labour and uterus contractions.
In a C-section or Cesarean delivery, a surgical procedure is followed where incision is made in the uterus to bring the baby out. It is generally opted for when there are medical complications involved or the risks associated with the vaginal method seem too high for the mother and the child.
Advantages of natural delivery
- Recovery after a natural delivery is much quicker than Caesarean delivery, which is why the mother gets discharged from the hospital sooner.
- The mother can hold the little one right after the delivery. She can also breastfeed the newborn much earlier than in the case of C-section delivery.
- The newborns receive a healthy dose of important bacteria through vaginal delivery which will help them build a strong immune system.
Disadvantages of natural delivery
- Natural delivery happens at its own pace. The labour can be induced externally but the labour and delivery can be a long process, sometimes lasting more than 10-12 hours.
- The mother will feel excruciating pain and contractions during labour.
- The tissue and skin near the vaginal opening gets stretched out and torn during natural delivery. This may weaken the muscles around causing difficulty in the urine and bowel functions.
Advantages of C-section:
- A c-section delivery is the safest option, when the mother has a history of being prone to medical complications during natural delivery.
- When the mom-to-be has conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV or herpes, a Cesarean delivery is preferred.
- C-section delivery is also recommended if the baby’s position inside the womb is not favourable for a vaginal delivery.
Disadvantages of C-section:
- The recovery after C-section delivery takes a longer time which is why the mother needs to stay at the hospital for about 2-4 days after the procedure.
- There is always the risk of heavy blood loss, infection, blood clots or internal injury during surgery which may complicate the procedure.