C Section Can be Really Dangerous for the Health of Both the Mother and the Baby
Cesarean section has become really popular way of giving birth nowadays. It was extremely popularized in the period between 1996 and 2009, and the rate increased 60%.
However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have conducted a study which showed that in the past few years this rate does not seem to grow. Yet, it does not decrease either.
Women became aware that they take a great risk on their health and the health of their baby when undergoing a c-section. There are numerous good reasons that should persuade you not to consider giving birth through a c-section.
The C Section Procedure is Risky and Unsafe
Doctors claim that once you cut your abdomen open, which is how a c-section is performed, you expose yourself to an array of bacteria and getting infections. Moreover, other complications are more likely to happen, like blood cloth or bleeding out to death.
The recovery is much faster if you give birth naturally. C section takes 6 weeks recovery period, while natural birth takes 1 to 2 weeks. C sections can also cause complications in the future when it comes to your bowels, uterus, ovaries, cervix, bladder and the placenta.
By giving natural birth your baby is introduced to vaginal microbes that benefit its normal development of the immune system. C section, on the other hand, introduces the baby to skin flora upon delivery.
Its Intestinal microbial colonization is disrupted and the procedure makes the baby more prone to many diseases like asthma, celiac disease or allergic rhinitis.
Despite all this information, it has been shown that the number of c-sections between 2009 and 2012 has increased to 31%, and even 9% of those cases could have easily done it naturally without complications.
Why Is C Section So Popular
The increased interest in giving birth through c-section might be because of two reasons. The first one is because it is convenient for the mothers.
They can easily time their delivery and have time to gather the whole family when the baby is born. You are not able to do that with unexpected natural delivery.
Fridays between 6 a.m. and 6 p. m. are the most popular delivery times, since you have the whole weekend with your family.
The other reason is because many women have previously had one c-section with their first baby, and choosing giving natural birth can cause bigger complications in this case.
Doctors are aware of this risk, so to avoid lawsuits due to complications, they recommend c-section again.
Sometimes C Section Can Be the Better Choice
There are some medical situations where it is more convenient to deliver with a c-section. However that should be decided in conversation with the doctor.
The following situations can make you a candidate for a c-section:
- The placenta is causing complications
- The patient’s contractions are not strong enough
- The umbilical cord is pressed tightly and is wrapped around the baby
- The patient carries more than one offspring and their position is not convenient for natural delivery
- The mother is either diabetic or has some sexually transmitted disease
- The baby is too big or it is not positioned with the head down, but breech
- The mother’s blood pressure is too high
Hopefully, these are enough reasons that will persuade every woman from giving birth through c-section. If the mother and the baby are not exposed to any complications it is better to do it naturally.
You should choose a good doctor that can tell you what is more convenient for you, so you can lower the chances of getting infected and making the delivery more complicated.