Do c-sections hurt?

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Hi, My name is Kirstie Brown. And I am18 years old, and I am six months pregnant. I have alot of quetions to ask, but I won’t ask alot. All I really won’t to know when I have the baby will it hurt. I’m going to have it natually. My mom say’s I have to be 10 cm to have it.. Will it hurt if I get a c-section. That’s all I really have to ask.

I’m haveing a boy, and his name is Kadain.

~ Kirstie”

Hi Kirstie. Millions of moms throughout history have survived birth and you will, too, we promise. Contractions are how your uterus, the strongest muscle in your body, makes birth happen, and it will probably take several hundred to birth your baby. Contractions for birth
come and go, lasting less than 2 minutes before letting up for a few minutes so you can catch your breath. While it’s going on, a contraction will feel very intense — like a menstrual cramp, but stronger.

Yes, contractions hurt, but we can tell you that birthing pain is not at all the same as pain from having a broken arm or a toothache. It’s not scary because you know what’s happening, and the pain comes in waves– as soon as they get bad, they start to get better. Ask your healthcare provider about natural ways to cope with labor pain and medication options to help you through. While contractions hurt, interestingly, birth itself doesn’t — you don’t have nerve endings in your cervix and the pressure of the baby will numb your vaginal canal and bottom. Finally birthing the baby after hours of contractions and no epidural will feel like a huge relief and victory.

It can be a huge help to have a labor assistant (sometimes called a doula), someone who is not a doctor or shift nurse or related to you, but is specially trained and has experience helping women in labor and during birth. A doula can help you find positions that help the pain, talk you through what’s going on, help family and hospital staff help you and be by your side for all of labor and delivery. Ask your doctor to help you find a labor assistant, some hospitals offer their services, sometimes doula services are covered by health insurance plans, or if you don’t have insurance you may be able to find a doula-in-training who will support you for little or no cost.

If you do have to have a c-section, you’ll be glad to know that they don’t hurt, though a day after as your pain relief begins to wear off you will have discomfort at your incision site for a few days. Taking pain medication on a schedule (so it doesn’t wear off all at once) and wearing a band to protect the incision area will help. For more on this see Why C-Sections Hurt.

Best wishes!

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