Unlearn these myths around c-section, and know the truth behind it

There are a lot of misconceptions around a c-section delivery, but fret not, because an expert is here to bust all the myths for you!
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Dr Aruna Kalra Published: 7 Dec 2020, 11:23 am IST
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C- section or cesarean section is a surgical method of delivering a baby. Generally, the reasons behind going for a c-section delivery can be many: medical complications, abnormal position of the baby, and abnormal heart rate of the baby inside the womb, among others. The number of c-section deliveries have risen in the last few years, but despite these high numbers, there are certain misconceptions around them. We are here to bust them, and tell you the truth behind it! 

Myth 1 

Recovery is delayed: One of the most common myths around c-section delivery is that the mothers’ recovery takes too long. However, the fact behind it is that the pain of c-section delivery scars doesn’t last too long. The woman is up on her feet in about 3 days. Vaginal delivery also has a cut on the perineum, which takes almost one week to heal. So, there is no difference between post-delivery pain, whether a woman goes for a c-section or a vaginal delivery.

Myth 2

Spinal anaesthesia causes back pain in the future: This is one of the biggest myths. A spinal needle is very fine, and it doesn’t leave behind any injury. So, the back pain that arises post-delivery (whether in c-section or vaginal delivery) is due to bad posture.

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Myth 3

Once a c-section, always a c-section: This is not at all true. If all conditions are favourable and there are no complications, then vaginal delivery is possible, even after the first c-section. This kind of delivery is known as VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section).

Myth 4

Can’t eat ghee and milk after c-section: This one is also a common myth. But the fact is that the stitches are done in a very sterile manner, so, ghee, milk and other such things will not cause pus in the stitches.

Myth 5

No use of exercises, if we plan c-section: Exercises are done to keep yourself active, to decrease aches and pain in muscles, to control BP and sugar and to increase fetal weight. So, it is important to exercise even if you are planning to go for a c-section.

Myth 6 

Breastfeeding cannot be initiated after c-section: This holds no truth. You can start breastfeeding immediately after a c-Section delivery. 

Myth 7

Post-delivery bleeding is less after c-section: Whether you are going for a c-section or vaginal delivery, the type of birthing doesn’t affect your postpartum vaginal bleeding.

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Myth 8

Postpartum blues are less after c-section: This is not true. The same hormonal shifts happen in c-section delivery, as they do in vaginal delivery. So, after going through a c-section, you can very well suffer from postpartum blues.

Myth 9

Mobility is restricted after c-section: The fact behind this myth is that as soon as you feel comfortable, you can resume your daily routine. Day to day activities can be resumed after a short time, but exercising needs to be delayed for at least 3 months after c-section. 

So ladies, now that you know all about the truth, it’s important to make informed decisions! 

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About the Author

Dr Aruna Kalra is a renowned obstetrician, gynaecologist, and laparoscopic surgeon at CK Birla Hospital. She has an experience of more than 23 years. She is an expert in scarless laparoscopic surgeries. Her areas of interest include minimally invasive gynaecological surgeries, gynae oncological surgeries, high-risk pregnancies, and vaginal birth after cesarean. ...Read More

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