Let's get ready for the crazies who come out for the most random reasons, everybody! Tomorrow is November 11, 2011 (in case you don't have a calendar handy) and apparently some pregnant women are going to extremes to have babies born on this numerically consistent day. At least according to The Daily News, where South Korean women are "flooding" hospitals to request c-sections on November 11. So we can only assume that the women of South Korea aren't the only soon-to-be moms who want to get in on this cool date. In fact, there's probably a very preggo lady hanging around your local maternity ward right now begging for a c-section. Ummmm, right?
My guess is that these "floods" of women have never had a c-section before, maybe never had a baby before. Ladies, you may think everything is swell on 11/11/11, but by 11/12/11, you're going to be in a world of hurt.
As someone who had to have two c-sections, I would not recommend it. I mean, would anyone? My first one may have saved my daughter's life, and the second one, well, I'm not sure the second one was necessary, but that's another post. But both of them left me unable to walk for a period of time, in pain, and with a massive gash across my mid-section. Not a choice I think a lot of women would make voluntarily.
Of course, the dangers to your baby for having an elective c-section aren't anything to sneeze at either. Which makes me wonder if this "trend" is really just an overreaction by someone who overheard someone else at the hospital yapping about wanting to have a baby on 11/11/11. Are there really that many women eager to put themselves and their baby at risk for the "right" birth date? I find it hard to believe.
But if you are out there, and you're so determined to have a baby tomorrow, just remember that your baby's birthday is going to be extraordinary no matter what it looks like on paper. Save yourself, and your baby, some pain and let it happen naturally.
Would you schedule a c-section to have your baby on a special date?
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