April is cesarean awareness month! In honour of this, I'm creating a top five list of things you probably don't know about having a c-section. Here is an up front warning for those that are easily offended. You may want to skip the rest.
1) Scar tissue takes a year to form. You may experience discomfort in the incision site for that entire year. I hear from other moms that they still feel twinges years after having a C.
2) There is a longer recovery when it comes to sex as usual. Seems counter intuitive, right? Shouldn't a baby coming out of your vagina affect that more than a scar in your belly? Um, no.
3) A cesarean has a profound emotional impact on a woman. I have heard this from almost every mother I've talked to who has had a C. Even those who had very necessary c-sections. This emotional aspect is often overlooked.
4) Having a cesarean may turn you into an activist. I promise it's not just me. ;)
5) Having a cesarean may change your course in life. I, also am not the only one. The more I talk to women who have chosen midwifery, or some other birth profession, the more I realise that these are women who, much like me, had a traumatic birth and want to give other mothers the chance for something better.
What about you? Have you been touched by a cesarean in some way? For those of you who have been affected by a cesarean, I highly encourage you to check out ICAN, and find your local chapter.