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The Disadvantages Of A Caesarean Section

If you are a woman of child-bearing age, or are actually pregnant and already contemplating on how your birthing plan would go, which would you choose?

A quick and relatively painless 45-minute Caesarean section?


A vaginal delivery characterized by a minimum of 5 hours of intense labor pains and cramps?

You don’t even need to answer. I think I already know which one you will choose. But I’m pretty sure you made the choice without knowing that there would be great risks to the health of your baby.

Health Risks

Studies show that babies born to mothers who have had elective Caesarean sections have a higher risk of developing birth-related complications than those babies who were delivered vaginally. Based on reports published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, babies born via elective or planned C-sections posted higher incidences of lung disorders that necessitated being transferred to the neo-natal intensive care unit right after birth, than those babies born vaginally.

Other than lung disorders, Caesarean section born babies when compared with vaginally born babies, were found to be at a slightly greater risk of respiratory problems which includes transient tachypnea and what is known as respiratory stress syndrome.

The higher incidences of lung or respiratory problems in planned caesarean-born babies are being attributed to the absence of thoracic compression, which, according to doctors, help get rid of fluids from the infant’s respiratory system. Based on medical findings, thoracic compression happens during the normal process of giving birth.

Thus, more than ever greater emphasis is being put on the necessity of the presence of a medical condition barring vaginal delivery before resorting to Caesarean sections. But, if despite the risks the mother still opts for a planned Caesarean section, the delivery should be scheduled when the baby is very near full-term, ideally somewhere between 38 to 39 weeks of gestation.

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It was found out that if the elective Caesarean section delivery is performed at 40 weeks of gestation, the baby will have better chances of not developing infant respiratory problems. The only cause for concern is that pregnant women nearing their 40th week might already go into labor and not make it to the planned C-section delivery. Hence, mothers-to-be need to be adequately forewarned on this possibility.

Still, doctors maintain that elective Caesarean sections should only be resorted to by pregnant women with medical or obstetric conditions. A perfect example would be in cases of placenta previa, where the woman’s low-lying placenta covers the cervix whether partially or completely. In placenta previa cases, vaginal delivery is not advisable as it would result in heavy bleeding from the placenta and might endanger the life of the mother or the unborn child.

Knowing what you know now, would you as mothers or fathers-to-be still choose an elective Caesarean section for the birth of your baby just to have the easy and less painful way to deliver a child? You don’t even have to answer. Putting the baby’s safety first and to ensure a healthy lifestyle in future, I think I already know what your answer will be being loving and dutiful parents that you are.

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1 Response

  1. Eoling says:

    Thank you for the usefull article about Caesarean section. I didn’t know about these risks.

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