Childbirth is a pretty grueling ordeal no matter which method of delivery you choose. Having a C-section, however, can add an additional layer of stress, pain, and discomfort to the process. Although you can try to have a drug-free vaginal birth, you can't skip pain relief when your mid-section is being operated on. Those medications can sometimes cause nausea, but luckily there are some ways to prevent yourself from throwing up during a C-section.
Drugs aren't the only culprit for C-section nausea, of course. Nerves can also play a big role, as going under the knife can be very scary and panic-inducing for some moms. It may be even worse if your C-section wasn't preplanned or is an emergency. In my opinion, unexpected major surgery seems like a totally valid reason to vomit.
According to Scary Mommy, having to puke when you're flat on your back and largely immobilized is not at all pleasant and can even cause a roaring headache. I was lucky enough to get through my first C-section without upchucking, and I may be using some of the following tips myself to make sure my next birth goes as well.
Here are five things that may help stop you from vomiting because of your C-section.