17 Things No One Considers That Baby Will Feel During A C-Section

Fact: new mothers get all the feels when they go through the labor and delivery process. There is no end to the list of sensations that they experience when they bring their children into the world.

Mommies are not the only ones that rack up experiences when going through the "new life" process, however. Their little ones have their own set of feels as they enter the universe. Furthermore, babies born surgically, or via cesarean section, have experiences even independent of infants who enter the world naturally.

Check out these seventeen things that newborns born surgically feel during their birthing experience.

17 Possible Effects Of Meds

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Meds doled out during the birthing process can often leave newborns feeling a little bit groggy. Per vbac.com, a sedated mom can result in a sedated baby. When mothers undergo cesarean sections, certain meds are administered to keep pain levels at a minimum. Those meds cross over to the baby and often take some time to work their way out of the infant's system.

16 Shallow, Rapid Breathing Patterns

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Babies born via surgery miss out on hours and hours of mom's contractions. Per vbac.com, these contractions tend to aid newborns in expelling fluids from their tiny lungs. When little ones are taken out of mom via cesarean section, the lack of compression can make for some difficulties in the breathing department. These babies can exhibit rapid, shallow breathing patterns until the fluids are all good and gone.

15 A Bit Nippy

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Life in the womb is cozy and comfy. Babies spend nine months packed tightly in mom's warm body, and then suddenly, they experience a severe environmental temperature drop. Per parents.com, newborns go from a 98-degree environment to a 70 degree one in a matter of seconds! Talk about a sudden chill. Newborns rely on their thyroids to help them regulate their temperatures in the outside world.

14 A Sudden Sense Of Loneliness

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Your baby just spent a solid nine months not only being close to you but being a literal PART of you. Leaving mom's body is a huge adjustment! Babies born the old fashioned way are placed on mom's chest immediately following the birth so that they continue to feel that connectivity. Per vbac.com, infants born via c-section miss out on that immediate skin-to-skin experience, often having to be whisked away for post-surgical evaluations.

13 Suction Discomfort

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Babies born via cesarian section have a lot of fluid to expel once they hit the big times. A traditional way to remove fluid from little lungs is through the use of a bulb syringe. Some studies, per cochrane.org, are considering this technique to have not only benefits but also possible consequences. More research on the good old syringe is needed to confirm this possibility.

12 The Start Of Asthma And Allergies

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Some studies report that there might be longterm effects of cesarian sections. Per vbac.com,  studies coming out of the Netherlands and Norway suggest a link between infants born surgically and the development of asthma later on in life. The cause of the correlation might have something to do with a specific bacteria present in humans born by c-section.

11 Lung Drama


Healthy lungs are critical to newborns being able to grow strong and go home. Those infants who come into the world surgically often experience setbacks in the respiratory department. C-section babies are at a higher risk for breathing hurdles, per vbac.com. This is partly due to those babies missing out on the compressing contractions that babies born naturally feel.

10 Indifference To Nursing

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Nursing a newborn can take patience and endurance. Some babies take right to it, but others need a little bit of practice before getting it right. Per vbac.com, it is recommended that newborn babies spend ample time off the bat with mom, so that nursing can happen frequently and organically. C-section newborns sometimes miss out on such an experience because of monitoring.

9 Sound City

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Babies most definitely can hear muffled sounds while incubating in mom's womb. Per parents.com, this ability to hear before birth helps little ones hone in on mommy's voice once they make their entrance into the universe. When they enter the outside world, though, sounds are amplified, and sensory systems become intensely heightened.

8 Blurred Vision

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Unlike sound, a newborn's vision is a little more muted at birth. Yes, newborns have the ability to see the world around them, but not in the way that we experience vision as adults. Per parents.com, a newborn's vision is blurry at birth, and they can often see only eight to fifteen inches away from mom's face.

7 Mom's Moods

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After birth, mom and baby's moods are very interconnected. Per the huffpost.com, studies show that newborns can feel their mother's feelings, especially when the mood is stress. If mom takes care of herself emotionally, then everybody around her benefits. If mom is struggling emotionally, both she and the baby feel the blues.

6 So Sleepy

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Newborns spend a whole lot of time sleeping, and for good reason! Per pampers.com, newly born babies sleep roughly 16-20 hours a day. Infants expend a lot of energy coming into the world, and snoozing allows them to gather up their strength. Compound the feats of birth with meds often administered during c-sections, and you will have one tired baby on your hands!

5 Pressure And Pulling

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While babies born naturally experience compression and squeezing sensations because of contractions, infants born via c-section feel a different set of sensations. Per parents.com, how much infants feel during birth is up for debate, but chances are c-section babies still feel some tugging and pulling by the doctors, bringing them into the world.

4 Distress

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Per vcab.com, newborns who are held firmly to mom following birth will experience a reduction in crying and stress. Being held in a skin-to-skin manner often reduces infant stress levels. When infants have to be immediately whisked away for observation, following a c-section, they lose out on that ability for immediate, natural stress reduction.

3 Drops In Pressure

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According to sciencenordic.com, 8 out of 10 mothers who undergo a cesarean section experience a sudden drop in their blood pressure levels. This condition can affect both the mother and the newborn baby. Severe cases of hypotension can result in bleeding from the womb and shock. The state can also hider a newborn's ability to properly breathe if oxygen levels to the placenta have been compromised.

2 Less Of A Cone Shaped Noggin

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Newborns who wiggle on out into the world the natural way sometimes look like they have cone-shaped heads instead of perfectly round ones. Their noggins undergo a bit of shape-shifting to ease out of mom's body. Per parents.com, those cone-shaped heads will return to a standard shape within just a few days. C-section babies miss out on this head transformation because they are manually removed through anther, more forgiving part of the female anatomy.

1 Mom's Unwavering Love

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Whether infants come into this world naturally or surgically, they all have one significant commonality. Babies are loved immediately by their mommies. Every mom sets their sights on their newborn and can not help but think to themselves: this is the most beautiful baby on the entire planet. There is nothing quite like that mother-baby bond. It's downright magical.

Resources: vbac.com, parents.com

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