A normal delivery has benefits for you and your baby, from helping you recover faster to making your baby resistant to diseases in the future. It is important to start preparing your mind and body for delivery as soon as you find out you are pregnant. As normal delivery experts, we see that 90% of women often make atleast one of these 5 mistakes in their early pregnancy. With advice from family and friends, it’s often hard to separate the facts from fiction and ultimately give into misinformed habits.
Many times women also feel unprepared or not confident of why a normal delivery is better for them. If this sounds like you, read on to see why you should try for a normal delivery.
- A normal delivery is safer for your baby
Manisha a first-time mother who recently delivered says “I was surprised when my doctor told me that babies born vaginally have long term benefits like a stronger immune system and lower risks of allergies, diabetes and obesity.”
The stress of a normal birth, as well as the vaginal flora the baby picks up as it passes through the birth canal, make it more resistant to diseases later in life.
- Helps in breastfeeding faster
Less pain after a normal delivery makes it easier for you to breastfeed your baby. You may begin breastfeeding within the first hour of birth itself. This helps you bond with your baby faster and better.
- Quicker recovery period
Women who deliver normally have a shorter recovery period as compared to those who have a C-section. Women who have a cesarean require an extra 2-4 weeks to completely recover and may have to take painkillers to manage the pain.
“I was so happy I was able to get back on my feet the same day I delivered. I could fully participate in caring for my baby and also check in with my office sooner than they had expected, ” said Manisha.
- Less complications the second time
Cesareans increase risk of complications in future deliveries. If you have a normal delivery the first time, it is very likely that you will have a normal delivery in the future as well.
- Sense of accomplishment
Many women who give birth normally feel a sense of accomplishment once they deliver. It’s empowering to cradle your own baby and realize that the child you nurtured and carried throughout those 9 months is finally in your arms.
“Gazing into my baby’s eyes made me feel protective of her. Having birthed my own child, I felt like I could do anything and everything to make sure she receives the love and joy she deserves” Manisha completed.
At Sitaram Bhartia, we strive to facilitate normal births and help every woman have a positive birth experience. In 2016, we achieved an 88% normal delivery rate for first-birth low-risk mothers.