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What’s Scarier: Labor or C-Section? Apparently, Jessica Simpson Thinks Labor…

Mom Jeanine
April 19, 2012


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Don’t judge me for reading In Touch. But I occasionally check them out to get my celebrity fill and I couldn’t help but get sucked in by a story about Jessica Simpson, who’s pregnant. According to the site, a source told them Jessica is so afraid of giving birth naturally that she’s scheduled a C-section. According to the source, “Jessica has no tolerance for pain” and “The thought of going into labor scared the bejeezus out of her.”

Now I could care less if a woman chooses to have a C-section or pushes the baby out the old-fashioned way. I happen to be of the belief that having a baby shouldn’t be traumatic, so however you feel most comfortable getting to the end goal is up to you.

But as a mom who delivered naturally, I have to say having a C-section seems exponentially more scary than pushing the baby out. The thought of having my stomach and uterus sliced open is downright terrifying. Granted, I’ve never had any surgery–unless you count having my wisdom teeth extracted and that was miserable enough–so it may be worse in my mind, but yikes.

Not that pushing a 7 pound baby out is a walk in the park, but if given the choice I’m pretty sure I’d choose labor over C-section any day.

What about you? If you were scared and had to choose between C-section and vaginal delivery, what would you pick? We’re not factoring in emergencies or previous delivery methods. We just want to understand why so moms who have elective C-sections think they are less scary (or painful!) than vaginal births. Share your thoughts in the comments.

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  • Tracie
    April 19, 2012

  • The only time a c-section should be done is when the mother can not have a baby naturally due to medical reasons and when the baby’s life is in danger. It SHOULD NOT be used as a cope out because you do not want to push.

  • Linda Stewart
    April 19, 2012

  • Give the choice I would choose natural over C-Section any day. There are only a few things that could go wrong with pain control … the epidural only 1/2 works or doesn’t work at all, you labor to quickly to have the epidural, or anesthesia is busy with something else and you have to endure a few contractions before the epidural happens. So many other things can go wrong with a C-Section. DON’T get me wrong … if it’s necessary or advised by your physician that you have one … then so be it. Whatever it takes to get your baby her safely. But the risks of a C-Section far outweigh those you face with natural/vaginal delivery. Sure with Vaginal delivery you may suffer from tearing that takes time to heal, but note that I said MAY. With a C-Section your body is definitely going to be sliced open and your going to run that ever increasing risk of infection. I watch both my daughters go through C-Sections and I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. I’ve had abdominal surgery and it HURTS. I can’t imagine taking care of a baby after having a C-Section .. .
    BUT .. to each is own and I wish Jessica the best.

  • tiffany
    April 19, 2012

  • C-section for sure for me!! I had one with my daughter because she was breeched, and didn’t want to but after the fact I’m very happy with it! Everything is still in tact down there for me and my daughters head came out perfectly and unsquished lol!! I laughed all the way through labor and delivery! The healing process quick and easy (bc I did as I was told) I was happy with the overall experience in the end!

  • yvonne
    April 19, 2012

  • Nobody should tell you whether it’s ok to have a c sec or not. Everybody has their own reason and opinions on delivery options and shouldn’t be judged. Being a good mother involves a lifetime commitment, not only from her choice of delivering the baby. Medicine and science are making new inventions, new drugs, etc to ease people’s pain, so why not make use of them.

  • megan
    April 19, 2012

  • My mom had a c-section with my brother because her blood pressure went sky high with him, and she hated it. You have to be so careful because if not the stitches will bust open and then you will be in EXTREME pain and a mess of trouble, and then she had to go through the same with me, so watching the home videos from that, and having her share her story, I’d choose a natural birth. even if it is painful, knowing you pushing out your and your husbands little bundle of joy is.. it has to be amazing!!!! When i decide to have kids, when i’m old enough, i want to do it however god wants me too. I’ll just go with the flow of it.

  • Dee
    April 19, 2012

  • Maybe she’s using her fear….to plan a C-tuck! Get it all done in one shot!! lol

  • SDL
    April 19, 2012

  • Not that I have any proof, but chances are, her baby is going to be a little bigger than 7 pounds. And having had 1 natural, 1 emergency c-section and 1 scheduled C, my vote is for the scheduled C. The recovery is easy, even with 2 little ones under 3 already at home. Well, easier than an emergency C, and the whole process was painless, unlike my natural delivery. And back to my original point…that belly looks like it’s home to a lot more than 7 pounds! If I were her, I would be wanting to have the baby ASAP, any which way!

  • Deanna
    April 19, 2012

  • I had two C-sections and it was not by choice…I would have rather pushed the babies out naturally. The recovery time is better naturally and C-section moms tend to get infections. I did not heal very quickly the first took 2 months for me to heal because my incision was slightly open.

  • April
    April 19, 2012

  • Heck no, I wouldn’t (and didn’t) choose a c-section over natural birth! And by “natural” I’m not just talking vaginal, I’m talking completely un-medicated. I’m so fortunate that my twins were full-term and vertex, so I did not have any argument with the doctor about my desire to push them out myself, sans epidural. The thought of not being able to feel part of my body, and of being sliced open scared the crap out of me.

  • Miranda Rasmussen
    April 19, 2012

  • I had a C-Section but only after 22 hours of labor. I did not dilate until hour 20 and the c-section was a call made by my OB-GYN due to the stress my daughter was under. Pushing her out was not an option due to other complications. I was terrified of having surgery and up until my doc made that call, was dead-set on pushing her out. I’m glad I listened and now have a perfect 2 yr old.

  • Linda Marimpietri
    April 19, 2012

  • I think whatever she chooses is up to her. It’s her body and her baby. Who the heck are we to tell her what to do?

  • Naya
    April 20, 2012

  • Vaginal unmedicated. Even if a mom decides to get an epidural, there are so many benefits of labor that are passed on to the baby that are lost when a mom is sectioned. C-sections should be used only if mom and/or baby are in some sort of danger. Sadly, there are obstetricians who will come up with reasons to section when there it is unnecessary.

    That being said, her body, her pregnancy, her choice.

  • Tori
    April 20, 2012

  • This is what birth education is for-to help alleviate and remove fear!

    To choose a c section because you’re scared of pain is really stupid. Does she not realize she’ll be in pain for a good portion of her recovery? Given the choice of a day or so of intense pain/discomfort vs up to 6 weeks…well, it’s an easy one.