I find it hard to believe that many women are now opting for c-sections without the medical necessity for one. From a recent report on NPR, the trend is growing quickly wherein women with their first or subsequent children are scheduling a c-section at a time convenient for them and their doctors.

Now, I understand that most of us do not enjoy most of the labor processes and pains, and none of us has that extra 12 – 36 hours to spend on a prolonged labor. I also understand that, in some cases, not going through the harrowing experience of the birth canal journey is better for some babies.

However, aside from any medical, psychological or convenience factors — has anyone really thought about the ease of recuperation from major surgery versus natural childbirth? If you haven’t had your lower abdomen sliced open, you might want to consider that before you elect a c-section. It’s particularly fun to be home with a new infant when you’re trying to get over having major surgery. Most fun, though, is the morning after the surgery when your nurse tells you to get up and take a walk. Have you every tried to take a walk when you are newly stitched right across your midsection? Fun, fun.

And, you know, vanity might as well be considered here, too. I should do many women a favor a post a photo of my 50 year old belly here — the one that enjoyed two c-sections and a twin pregnancy. Don’t doctors tell women what their bodies will look like after all their abdominal muscles have been slashed? Doesn’t anyone tell women that 5000 crunches a day will not return a shape to a woman whose got no abdominal musles left whole to tone? Here’s a good visual for you to focus on – a kangaroo pouch. That’s what it’ll look like – until you pay for another painful surgery, called, incongruously, a tummy tuck.

Quite a tuck, that. My sister-in-law had it. Said it was worse than all 3 of her childbirths put togther. Cost her over $5,000, three weeks out of work, and a great deal of lingering pain. But, yes her stomach is as flat as a 20-year-old, nice and flat beneath her sagging 50-year-old breasts and expanding 50-year-old butt.

So, think twice or thrice before electing a c-section. And, you might ask which is better for the baby, too. And beware of who you are asking – I suspect some doctors espouse the convenience route for more than one reason.