I want to know what it is like to have a baby the old fashioned way so can I have a regular birth or a vaginal delivery after having a C-section the first time? Regular Birth, MI
Dear Regular Birth:
Remember babies can enter this world in one of two ways -- a vaginal birth or surgical delivery by Caesarean (C-section). However, the ultimate goal is to safely give birth to a healthy baby.
In some cases, C-sections are planned because of medical reasons that make a vaginal birth risky. A woman may know in advance that she will need a C-section and schedule it because she is expecting twins or other multiples, or because the mother may have a medical condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, an infection that complicates pregnancy, such as HIV or herpes, or she may be experiencing problems with the placenta during her pregnancy.
A C-section may also be necessary in certain situations, such as delivering a very large baby in a mother with a small pelvis, or if the baby is not in a heads-down position and efforts to turn the baby before a woman gives birth have been unsuccessful.
But often just because a women has had a C-section doesn’t mean she can’t have a vaginal birth the next go round. Many women go on to give this type of birth. Just remember some of the benefits of having a C-section verses regular birth include being able to resume a sex life after 2 weeks. Women who give birth vaginal are told to wait 4 to 6 weeks or longer. So if you have a highly sexual mate, having a C-section does have its advantages.