Yes, a planned cesarean is probably going to be easier than an emergency c-sec because the mother's body won't be exhausted from having been in labor. My mom had c-secs with both her children, the first "emergency" and the second planned. She said her recovery was SO much easier with the second; regardless, she still had to recover from abdominal surgery. In comparison, I was up and around and feeling good only hours after my natural birth, in other words, pretty much back to normal (aside from the lochia and afterpains.) And by "natural", I mean not just that the baby came out of my vagina, but that I didn't have any management of labor to cause postpartum difficulties. I did with my first, and hobbled around the house like an old lady for weeks. It's really not fair to compare a *un*natural vaginal birth with a planned c-sec that someone just happens to be lucky enough to be recovering well from, and hold those experiences as the norm or standard for each. In your friend's experience, that's the way things turned out, and she's happy, and that's great. But I can't think of anything more naive and illogical than to assume that a c-section is going to be better for any given mom than a vaginal birth.
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9/20/04 at 3:18pm