Back when I was a teen I used to always say “I wish you could just choose to have a c-section, I would definitely choose to have one”. Oh my how naive I was, I thought that by having a section you’d be pretty pain-free and end up with a stomach as flat as Victoria Beckham but let me tell you I was very wrong.
I had a section with my first son Vinny over 3 and half years ago due to a failed induction and failure to progress. I was really laid back and quite happy to go ahead with the section, I kind of thought that’s how it would end anyway. I was so ready to meet little man I just nodded and agreed. I still remember the pain and discomfort I had after the delivery to this day. In fact one of my main memories was the first shower I had post surgery. I had to have the nurse help me get into the shower, I was basically crouched over like an old lady. When I looked into the mirror my face went as white as a ghost and I almost fainted. To be honest the recovery is the only thing that really made me want to try for a VBAC.
The section itself was an emergency one, it wasn’t planned but to be honest I think the overall experience was pretty calm and relaxed which is why I also umm’d and ahh’d over going for a VBAC. It’s one of the things I thought about up until the end of my pregnancy, I always said I would go for a VBAC but at the back of my mind I did wonder whether I would choose a section in the end and if it would come to that.
At 39 weeks +6 days, the day before my induction and three sweeps later I went into labor on my own. A very surreal and odd experience but something I really wanted to experience. I won’t go into the whole labor and delivery story you can watch that here, but what I will say is that things happened very quick. A huge surprise considering that I had to have a section first time round due to not progressing quick enough, I blame that on the induction also. My body just wasn’t ready.
Now the actual delivery for Renzo was pretty calm, in my head. Mark remembers differently but I just zoned out and shut my eyes throughout the whole thing. I had just gas and air because there was no time for an epidural but when it came to the delivery things got a little complicated and Renzo was delivered by forceps. Renzo had actually had his cord wrapped round his neck 2-3 times and he was also back to back which we didn’t know until he popped out.
Those last few moments were the worst part of the delivery, forceps are definitely not pleasant and the stitching up afterwards also take forever but you know what? I’m so glad it happened that way and I got to experience a kind of natural birth. I was never going to be one of those girls that just pops a baby out with no problems, It seems I like to bring a bit of drama with me wherever I go!
Recovery after my complicated VBAC was surprisingly quicker than the section, I did stay in hospital a few days longer than I wanted but I needed those days too. If you are trying to decide on a VBAC or a section I’d say go with the flow and do what is right for you. Everyone’s experience is so, so different but the end results are the most magical moments in life.
Have you had a VBAC before, how did it go for you? I’d really love to hear your experiences and if you are currently pregnant and deciding on what to do I’d love to hear your thoughts too.
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