Life is a wacky thing, isn’t it? Pregnancy can, by reshaping the uterus and resetting your hormones, reduce the symptoms associated with endo and sometimes it can even get rid of endometriosis symptoms completely. But that in itself is ironic since endo can make it extremely hard to get pregnant in the first place!
This odd little paradox has been a part of my life for so long that it hardly seems odd anymore – until I learn more and see JUST HOW COMPLICATED this little paradox is!
Check out this article on the cesarean birth. I know the all-natural movement has a lot of people bad-mouthing cesarean birth lately but this is mind-boggling – cesarean birth can actually CAUSE endometriosis by dispensing endometrium in the pelvic region and the wound itself. That endometrium can then become endometriosis, causing extreme pain that if you’re a regular reader here, you probably know all about.
One cesarean delivery doubles your risk of developing endo – good news? Multiple cesarean births don’t seem to raise those odds.
Hey, I’m LOOKING for a silver lining here. I can only work with what I’ve got!
On a slightly unrelated note, my sweet friend just gave birth au natural, no meds. I always kinda thought that since I’m in pain literally all the time that I would immediately accept pain medication because I get it. I’ve felt the pain, it’s not new or exciting and I’m really over it. But there are some benefits to doing it without meds, the most persuasive being (on average) shorter labors. Hmmm….long and not painful or a quick bout of pain? Either way you end up with a baby and will likely never think on the labor as much as you do that prize.
I plan on having a long chat with her on the subject as she’s done it both ways.
What do you think? Isn’t birth a crazy miracle? Isn’t endo a crazy curse? Has pregnancy helped you with endometriosis? Has delivery GIVEN you endo? I want to hear from you! Leave a comment below and tell me your crazy birth stories, statistics, plans, whatever you’ve got.
Hmm…I realize this post isn’t a very balanced summation of cesarean birth, I kinda just say how it’s bad. Are there pros? Ummm….cesareans make pretty babies?
But all babies are pret–
Hmm….do I lie or tell the ugly truth?