‘Two births cost me the power to wear high heels’ – Janet Mbugua

Janet Mbugua

Janet Mbugua has shared on how birthing her two sons Huru and Mali via a Caesarean section cost her the power to wear  heels.

This made Janet look for another shoe option thus settling for sneakers. Speaking during an interview Azziad, the mother of two narrated

“I HAD MY FIRSTBORN CHILD IN 2015 AND THE SECOND ONE IN 2018. BOTH WERE BORN THROUGH CAESAREAN SECTION AND I LOST THE ABILITY TO WEAR HEELS, SO I FELL DEEPLY IN LOVE WITH SNEAKERS,” SHE SAID.

A Cesarean section is needed if a baby can’t be born normally, or only with great difficulty. This might be the case, for instance, if the baby is lying sideways (transverse position) or if the placenta is blocking the opening of the womb (the cervix).

The mother is given an anesthetic throughout the whole operation. Women who have a Cesarean section usually have a choice of two or three options:

A general anesthetic, where they are completely unconscious, and two types of regional anesthetic known as “epidural” and “spinal” anesthesia. Regional anesthetics numb the body from the waist down. The woman is awake for the birth and can see her child immediately afterwards.

In an epidural, the anesthetic is injected into the “epidural space” surrounding the spinal cord in the thoracic or lumbar regions of the spine. This only numbs the nerves that lead to the region of the spinal cord where the anesthetic was injected. Epidurals start relieving pain after 10 to 20 minutes.

In spinal anesthesia, also known as a spinal block, the medication is injected closer to the spinal cord: into the cerebrospinal fluid in the “subarachnoid space.” This causes the entire lower half of the body to feel numb. Spinal blocks work faster than epidurals, and a smaller amount of anesthetic medication is needed.

This can later bring complications to a woman’s back making them not able to bnd much, wear high heels or even due hard labour.

So we understand that Janet not being able to rock high heels are just some of the sacrifices mothers make to give birth.

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