• 4th Trimester (0-3 Months),  Mental Health Talk

    How to Cope with C-Section Guilt

    I’d like to consider myself a mostly healthy young woman. Sure, I’m not perfect, but I eat my veggies, my blood pressure is great, and I have stayed active for the majority of my life. In fact, my OB praised me throughout pregnancy for not gaining too much weight; reminding me that I was seemingly set up for an easy birth. Oh boy, was she wrong. Labor was terrifying and what we didn’t know is that I seem to have a overly narrow birth canal. (We found out much later.) I ended up having to have a c-section – which left me with this strange feeling. This raises the question:…

  • 4th Trimester (0-3 Months)

    A C-Section Mom’s Birth Story

    I packed my hospital bag with the assumption that I’d be having a natural birth. Perineal healing sprays and pads, vitamin E oil, basically any kind of product that screamed “my vagina was just torn open!!” That was seemingly my first mistake. Because what I didn’t know is that I’d end the labor process with a c-section delivery. This is the story of Tuesday, May 26th, 2020: the day my baby girl came into the world. The Start of Active Labor: Phase One The truth about being a first time mom is reading hundreds and hundreds of articles and books, attending classes, and even speaking to other moms will never…