I dont think I will be able to chat through skype at this point, but I am happy to help through this forum.
I have scheduled a c-section this Saturday, as my body is unable to take the pressure anymore from the weight gained and the humidity.
I am considered a petite size (H: 155cm, weight pre-pregnancy was: 53kg), last we checked at the gynea (last Thursday) my weight was 78.8kg.
If I had the choice, I would have prefer the normal birth, as it has so much more benefit for our body and emotion naturally. However, the baby's head is big and there will be a slim chance for me to give birth naturally. From the last visit to the gynea, she checked my womb through the vagina and seemed like it will take 3-5more weeks for the baby to come out naturally. I am unable to bare with these extra weight any longer, and there is small chance of normal delivery so we decided to put an end to my misery and had a scheduled c-section. I have severe water retention, not only the swelling but there are daily burning sensation on my skins, and it appear very red every evening. I have been eating less sodium, and lots of water but nothing helps. Gynea mentioned that I have a bad lymphatic system, and started to experience the water retention from 2 months pregnant. A c-section in private hospital here cost about 5-6k in cash (plus about 3.5k of our medisave), while normal delivery cost about 2k (plus about 3.5k of our medisave). If I insisted on normal delivery first, and had to go through an emergancy c-section it will cost about 10k (plus 3.5 from medisave), which is too much for us young parents to bare.
Normal delivery is still the prefer method around here, based on cost and everything else in local context. However, I have few friends who have gone through c-section by choice due to practicality.
I have spoken to some people regarding placenta disposal. 80% of women around me dispose their placenta. In the muslim community, placenta is part of the baby, and not for a mother's consumption, therefore they will keep it well and burry it. Many other women was not aware of that they could make use of their placenta.
A work contact advised to have the placenta encapsulation to help the healing process. It cost $300 for the encapsulation, I have arranged for this through a doula. I am hoping that it will help the healing process of the c-section as fast as possible, as I am only getting 2 months maternity leave as my child is not a Singaporean citizen.
Hope it helps.