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Given its standard 40-week calendar, pregnancy affords many joys and also some challenges. Ideally, you want to give birth the natural way. That’s how it’s been done for centuries and that’s how nature intended it. When you must have a cesarean, there are additional risks to face. Still, many women have C-sections and emerge healthy, as do their babies.
Deciding Between Natural and Cesarean
Many efforts are underway by governments and obstetricians to decrease the prevalence of C-sections. C-sections cause problems for the mother. Pain, bleeding, depression, surgery issues and infection are all C-section-related complications. In addition, babies delivered via C-section may experience breathing issues following their birth.
Being Induced and Cesareans
Research shows that being induced into labor can lead to an increased need for C-sections. It’s better to avoid this practice unless absolutely necessary. Some women choose this option as a convenience for their schedules. With a regimented calendar pregnancy can be better managed, but a schedule should not prevent getting the most appropriate care.
Reasons to Have a Cesarean
Legitimate reasons exist for having a cesarean and those include factors such as a baby’s oxygen being cut off due to the misplacement of the umbilical cord. Additionally, if the cervix has been blocked by the placenta, the baby cannot be delivered by way of natural birth.
Ways to Avoid C-Sections
Choose a doctor who supports natural birth options. Also, anxiety can slow the delivery process, increasing the possibility of a C-section. Be sure to choose a birthing facility that makes you feel comfortable and at home to reduce anxiety.