One of the scariest parts about having a C-section is the thought that you won't be able to control what is happening. Since it's an invasive procedure, you'll have to place your trust in the doctors performing the surgery. But just how much of your body will be under anesthesia? Is your whole body numb during a C-section or just the exit location for the bay? In the vase majority of cases, you'll still be fully aware of what is happening.
According to What To Expect, a woman will be numbed from the waist down with an epidural or spinal block during a C-section. She will remain awake, but won't be able to feel anything other than her upper body. Luckily, this means you'll still be able to watch the moment your baby is born, and hold them as soon as possible. However, you'll have to wait for the anesthesia to wear off before you can walk around.
In emergency C-sections, however, there may not be time to numb only your lower body, so doctors will use a general anesthesia to knock you all the way out. This isn't ideal since you'll be groggy and maybe even sick feeling after you wake up — not the ideal way to greet your new baby — but in some cases it's the only option.
More often than not though, numbing from the waist down does the trick and you'll be awake enough to bond with your baby immediately afterwards. Parents noted that you'll probably feel a bit of pressure and prodding, but no pain or discomfort during delivery.
Recovery from a C-section can be difficult, but with your newborn baby in your arms, you'll be ready to get back to your normal self as quick as possible. You can expect to be sent home about three days after having your baby, and after that, whatever happens during the C-section will all be worth it.