Normal Delivery Vs Cesarean – Risks And Benefits

C Section Vs Normal Delivery – Everything You


Are you planning your big day and thinking of the delivery process? Have you heard about both cesarean and vaginal birth? Are you clueless about which birthing option is safer for you and your little one?

Worry not, reading this article can help clear some doubts. Here, we will talk about the process and the pros and cons of both vaginal as well as cesarean birth. Arm yourself with handy information, speak to your doctor and decide what suits you best (1).

C Section Vs Normal Delivery:

Get a closer understanding about c section versus normal delivery and know what they might signify for you and your baby. This will help you decide what’s the right choice:

All You Need To Know About A Vaginal Birth:

A vaginal birth is the most natural birthing process. It is a preferred choice of most expectant moms. Once you give birth the vaginal way, your hospital stay is much shorter. The recovery time after a vaginal birth is lesser than that after a cesarean delivery. A vaginal birth will not involve any incision or major scarring. It is also not very surgically invasive. Therefore, the chances of developing complications at the time of childbirth are lesser. As per the American Pregnancy Association, mothers who opt for a vaginal birth have a lower mortality risk.

Vaginal birth has many benefits for your baby too. Your baby and your body will start to prepare and progress naturally for vaginal birth. As your baby passes through the vaginal opening, all the amniotic fluid in your baby’s lungs will expel naturally. During vaginal birth, your baby will also ingest some protective bacteria that will colonize in his intestines. These will boost his immune system.

However, there are certain cons to vaginal birth too. In a vaginal birth, the entire process depends on your body’s readiness and timing. Therefore, there is no way to schedule the birth as such. As you near your labor time, you may suffer from anxiety and stress. In some cases, vaginal birth may increase your risk of incontinence (2). A vaginal birth may also cause sexual problems post-delivery. During this type of birthing, the risk of birth trauma for your baby also increases as your baby has to pass through the birth canal and may need the help of forceps (3).

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All You Need To Know About A Cesarean Birth:

In a cesarean birth, childbirth happens with the help of an incision made through your abdominal wall and uterus. It is slowly becoming a popular choice of birthing in recent times.

A c-section is a planned surgical procedure of childbirth. Therefore, you exactly know when your little one will arrive in the world. You can plan accordingly and prepare yourself mentally for the birth. It will help reduce your stress and anxiety. When you go for a cesarean birth, you are less likely to suffer from incontinence than in the case of a vaginal birth. In addition, the risk of suffering from sexual problems after the birth is lower. Your baby too has lesser chances of suffering from any birth trauma, as the use of forceps is minimal.

As with any surgery, a cesarean surgery too has its cons. In most cases, a cesarean delivery will be pre-planned. It means that your baby may not naturally be ready and mature to come out of the womb. Incorrect calculation of your due date is also a possibility. As a cesarean delivery is a surgical process, it leads to greater blood loss. The use of anesthesia increases the threat of developing complications. You are susceptible to various infections and blood clots too. A cesarean delivery has higher mortality rate for the mother. It also has twice the mortality rate for infants.

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Post-surgery, you may suffer from complications like decreased bowel function and may need to stay longer in the hospital for recovery. It can also lead to complications related to breastfeeding. It also increases your chances of suffering from post-natal depression.

The process of birth is an entirely personal choice that you need to discuss and decide with your partner. Speak to your doctor about what will suit you best. As every pregnancy is unique, your doctor will evaluate your overall health and the way your pregnancy is progressing before advising you on the method of childbirth. Take an informed decision that is best for your health and your baby’s development.

Hope you liked our post on c section vs normal delivery. If you have undergone vaginal birth, please share your experience with us. If you have opted for c-section, let us know why you chose it.

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  • Nakita

    I’ve had both. My first was a natural and my second was a C Section (emergency)… I am now going to have my third and I’m doing natural.
    The healing process after c section is horrible. After delivering normal I could walk immediately thereafter, no pain killers, no depending on anyone else, and now 16 hours lay down not allowed to move after birth.
    the connection after my natural delivery was there more than when I had a c section. You are awake during c section but at the same time your head is spinning because of the epidural that you actually drowsy…

    I would take 2 weeks of labour pain to deliver natural than have to deal with another c section. There’s a reason its called natural.

  • oluwakemi

    I had three c – section in four years, which means all my children were giving birth to through c – section. The first and the second healed up very fast , but the third refused to heal up after a year and ten months , I still see little opening with an offensive smell please help

    • Dr. Gynec India

      The little opening you see is nothing but the tenderness of the scar. U should consult your gynecologist, if she feel u should have a secondary suturing…. U may go for it. But if the opening is too small with bad discharge…. U clearly have to take stronger antibiotics n consider for some minor suturing… Take care. May your health stays stronger :-)

  • Ria Coetzee

    My first child was a planned c-section, it was not as bad I thought it would be and definitely not as painful. Wound healed very quickly and I walked around the next day with very little pain. My second was an emergency c-section, very different and stressful!!! Wound didn’t heal as nice as my first one and was more painful afterwards. Third child also planned c-section (considered VBA2C but decided together with dr the best would be another c-section as risks for uteran tear was too great.) I had no problem doing a c-section again and in the end I was a lot more comfortable with the decision, wound healed very nicely and no complications afterwards except for low blood pressure for an hour after the operation. Still very little pain and walked around with ease. Never had a problem with breast feeding with all 3. All 3 was very different from each other, no pregnancy can be compared. What works for one person does not necessarily work for another, and everyone experience them differently ;)

    • Niharika

      Hi Ria, thanks a lot for sharing your experience with us !!

  • MomJunction

    Hi Sakina,

    We understand the pain you must have gone through during your deliveries.
    While both normal and cesarean have their pros and cons. But, at the end of it, seeing your baby makes all that effort worthwhile. Don’t you agree?