Whether you’ve been in labor for hours, there’s an emergency or if you don’t plan to deliver vaginally, you might be faced with a C-section in order to meet your baby. There is no shame in having a C-section as it’s simply another way to give birth. However, you should keep in mind a few things that will make the surgery a bit easier to get through and to recover from once you’re at home.

See the Safety

There are some situations where a C-section is a safer method of delivery. If you’ve had a C-section before, then your doctor will likely want you to have this kind of surgery once again and a week or two before your due date. The reason for this is to prevent any kind of abdominal tearing in the uterus when you go into labor as you’re going to be pushing to get the baby delivered. If there are other health concerns, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, then your doctor might want to go ahead and schedule a C-section.

Don’t Delay

If at all possible, avoid delaying a C-section. You might want to try delivering vaginally, but if you’ve been in labor for hours with no progress of there are health concerns that show with your body or with your baby, you need to discuss with your doctor about performing a C-section. The health of your baby, as well as your health, are more important than the way that you deliver. A birth injury attorney can help you get any kind of compensation deserved if the C-section is performed too late and results in injuries to your baby.

Get Comfortable

Before your C-section, you need to get the necessary items for your home and for your hospital room so that you can be comfortable while caring for your baby. Clothing that is easy to get on and off for a few weeks until the incision heals is a good idea as well as slippers so that you don’t bend over to tie your shoes. You should also ask a few family members or friends to help with cleaning, cooking and other tasks around the house. Another way that you’ll be comfortable during your C-section is with the help of the anesthesiologist. You’ll probably be given an epidural that will numb the lower half of your body so that you’re still awake but won’t put you to sleep, allowing you to experience seeing your baby right after he’s removed from your abdomen.

Be Ready for Recovery

Since you’re having surgery and delivering a baby, you need to keep in mind that the recovery process is longer than a vaginal birth. There will be pain that can be managed with medication. Your stay in the hospital will be longer as well. Let your employer know about your recovery as well as visitors who might want to come after you get home.

A C-section might not be your first option, but it’s a respectable option for delivering your baby. Sometimes, you don’t have a choice. Prepare for the delivery, and know that you’ll see your baby no matter how you deliver.