Birthing story Fillonie | Early pregnancy symptoms, pregnancy cravings, Emergency C-section Delivery

Birthing story Fillonie | Early pregnancy symptoms, pregnancy cravings, Emergency C-section Delivery

*This is a podcast interview in the series - Regular Moms | Regular Birthing Stories* 

In today's episode of "Hand that Rocks the Cradle" we have Fillonie Chheda who is not only a phenomenal mother but also a mom influencer on Instagram. She shares her journey of motherhood and how she "felt she was expecting!" -  the subtle signs that hinted at the miracle growing within, to the unexpected changes that took her by surprise. 

"I was craving chocolate, I hate chocolate I find it bitter, but i still remember that choco lava cake! I used to have that 3-4 times a day|"

Watch her entire birth story video interview here :

Fillonie's journey is filled with strength and resilience as she shares the time towards her due date when she knew "something was wrong". 

"On 3rd January morning I was feeling very uneasy. There was no baby movement, nothing at all. I was scared and dull. I was feeling why is baby not kicking."

She shares that inspite of telling her family they brushed it aside and told her, "its okay for baby to quiet towards due date, it must be tired."

However on insisting on going to the gynecologist, she came to know that there is Placental Abruption - and baby is not getting enough oxygen and needs to be delivered immediately.  She also takes a deep dive into the topic of emergency C-section deliveries, exploring the emotions, challenges, and resilience that come with this unexpected turn of events. 

"With a few moments of delay, I could have lost her", Fillonie shares. 

Its a mother's worst nightmare and she explains what moms need to keep a watch on towards their due date and to always trust their mom instincts.

You can also hear it in podcast (audio only) here :

“No matter how a baby comes into the world it’s a special delivery.”

Emergency C-section - Why it happens?

Beyond the basics of C-section:

In the realm of childbirth, emergency C-section delivery can be an unexpected and sometimes necessary procedure. Understanding its purpose, risks, and recovery process is crucial for expectant mothers and their families. In this blog post, we will delve into the world of emergency C-sections, drawing on reputable sources such as WebMD to provide valuable insights and information. From the reasons that may lead to an emergency C-section to the recovery journey, we aim to equip you with the knowledge you need to navigate this unique childbirth experience. 

What is an Emergency C-Section? 

An emergency C-section, also known as an unplanned or urgent cesarean delivery, is a surgical procedure performed when unexpected complications arise during labor or delivery. These complications may endanger the health and well-being of the mother or baby, necessitating immediate intervention. Common reasons for emergency C-sections include fetal distress, placental abruption, umbilical cord complications, prolonged labor, and certain maternal medical conditions. 

When considering an emergency C-section, it's essential to be aware of both the risks and potential benefits associated with the procedure. While the primary goal is to ensure the safety of the mother and baby, like any surgical intervention, an emergency C-section carries certain risks, such as infection, bleeding, blood clots, and longer recovery times compared to vaginal birth. However, it is important to note that an emergency C-section can also save lives and prevent further complications when time is of the essence. 

Recovery and Postpartum Care after emergency C-section:

Recovering from an emergency C-section requires time, support, and proper self-care.The initial recovery period usually takes longer than with vaginal birth, as the body needs time to heal from the surgical incision. 

  1. Pain management, rest, and gradually increasing physical activity are vital components of the recovery process. 
  2. Additionally, emotional support, bonding with the baby, and seeking assistance with daily tasks can aid in a smoother transition into motherhood following an emergency C-section. 

Navigating the Emotional Aspects of Emergency C-Section: A Mother's Journey 

Becoming a mother is a profound and transformative experience, but the path to motherhood is not always as anticipated. In some cases, unexpected circumstances lead to an emergency C-section, a procedure that can evoke a range of emotions in mothers. In this blog, we explore the emotional aspects of an emergency C-section and offer insights and support for mothers navigating this unique journey.

  1. Unexpected Turns: Processing the Initial Shock The news of an emergency C-section can be overwhelming, leaving mothers with a sense of shock and disappointment. We delve into the emotional impact of this unexpected turn and offer guidance on processing these initial feelings.
  2. Fear and Anxiety: Managing the Unknown Facing surgery, anesthesia, and potential complications can give rise to fear and anxiety. We discuss coping strategies to help mothers navigate these emotions, including open communication with healthcare providers, seeking support from loved ones, and embracing relaxation techniques.
  3. Grief and Loss: Coming to Terms with a Different Birth Experience An emergency C-section may lead to a sense of loss or grief over the birth experience mothers had envisioned. We address these emotions and provide tools for acceptance and finding healing through self-compassion and acknowledging the strength displayed during the procedure.
  4. Bonding and Motherhood: Fostering Connection in a Unique Situation We explore how the emotional aspects of an emergency C-section can impact the early bonding between mother and baby. By discussing skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding support, and nurturing practices, we emphasize the importance of creating a strong connection in the midst of challenging circumstances.
  5. Postpartum Emotions: Navigating the Recovery Process The emotional journey continues postpartum, as mothers navigate physical healing while processing their birth experience. We shed light on common postpartum emotions and offer self-care strategies, along with the significance of seeking professional support if needed.

While an emergency C-section may bring forth a range of emotions, it's important for mothers to acknowledge and address these feelings in order to find healing and embrace their journey of motherhood. By providing insights and support, this blog aims to empower mothers to navigate the emotional aspects of an emergency C-section with strength, resilience, and self-compassion. Remember, you are not alone in this experience, and your emotions are valid and deserving of understanding and support. 

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