– I wasn’t as heavily medicated. With my c-section I was on all kinds of pain meds and they just made me feel more tired. And itchy….so so so itchy. With a VBAC I took pain meds but they weren’t as heavy duty and I definitely noticed a difference in my alertness.
– The trauma to my body was a lot less. I had a 2nd degree tear on my lady bits with my VBAC but it was NOTHING compared to being cut open and then stapled shut with a c-section. It’s all a matter of perspective, I’m sure, but for me, it was a lot easier to heal and feel more like myself after the VBAC. With my c-section, it took several weeks to not feel like my incision was going to bust open. I also took my pain meds for 3 weeks straight. But with a vaginal birth I hurt a lot less and healed a lot more quickly.
– I got to leave the hospital earlier. I hated staying in the hospital with both of my babies. I know some people love it, but for me there were constant interruptions by nurses, techs, and staff and I got basically no sleep. With a vaginal birth we got to leave after one night and with a c-section I had to stay two nights.
– There was more after birth bleeding. Every mom knows that after you have a baby you have to deal with postpartum bleeding. When you have a c-section they suction a lot of that blood out for you, so you bleed but it doesn’t last as long. With a vaginal birth you have to get all that blood out the old fashioned way. Not fun.
– I was sore. The day after having a baby my butt, arms, neck, and chest were so sore from gripping my legs and pulling my body up into a push position.
– Overall, my mood was better. Once I got home I had to take it easy with a vaginal birth, but I didn’t feel as helpless as I did after having a c-section. Walking around or going up and down stairs wasn’t as hard after a vaginal birth.
I know a lot of you are in my same situation and trying to decide what is best for you and your baby. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions!