C Section – Risks and Benefits

on Wednesday, 22 February 2012. Posted in Pregnancy health, Women's Health Written By: superadmin

Understanding the risks and benefits of having a caesarean delivery

C Section – Risks and Benefits

C section refers to the process of bypassing the natural birth process and delivering the baby through an incision made in the lower abdomen of the mother. In the recent times, the number of pregnant women undergoing c-sections has increased.

Here is an overview of the risks and benefits associated with a caesarean section birthing process.

Benefits of c-section

While doctors always prefer a normal delivery for the baby; C-section becomes the only viable option in certain cases, when:

C Section Trivia

Risks of infections to internal organs of the mother are nearly doubled in c-sections

Although statistics on maternal death are very low in c-sections, they are still higher than those for vaginal deliveries
  • Complications during the child’s journey through the birth canal
  • Mother does not develop labor pains if the baby has not descended sufficiently; even after term completion.
  • Medical complications such as high blood pressure or high blood sugar level in the mother.
  • Normal delivery does not remain an option if the mother has other inherent medical conditions
  • Or in some cases even when the first delivery was through caesarean.

Besides genuine medical situations, mothers these days prefer having a c-section despite having a good chance of delivering the baby through the natural process. While the major reason is avoidance of the excruciating labor pains, convenience also plays an influential role. Professional commitments drive mothers to fix a date for delivery rather than waiting for the natural process to occur.

However, are women today doing the right thing by choosing artificial birth? Take a look at the risks involved.

Risks of c-section

For the mother: C-section poses a risk not just during the birth process but in later years of life as well.

  • Firstly, a c-section comes with all the risks involved in any surgery.
  • Post operative hospitalization is required in all cases and recovery time is more.
  • Risk of developing health problems such as ***incisional hernias***, infections, problems of the back and spine and severe blood loss, is always there.
  • Studies have proven that women undergoing c-sections run higher risks of developing complications during future pregnancies. Some of these may be: ***placenta accreta***, uterine rupture, prolonged labor, premature birth, ***stillbirth***, ***malpresentation*** and hemorrhage.
  • Research indicates a higher incidence of ***hysterectomy*** in women who undergo c-section.
  • Risks of injury to other internal organs cannot be ruled out.
  • Anesthesia might not bode well for mothers with cardiac diseases.

For the baby: C-sections can turn out to be very risky for the baby as well. Common risks are:

  • Respiratory troubles and problems due to fetal distress, anesthesia and lack of stimulation.
  • Apgar score, which is an indicator of the baby’s health just after birth, is low for babies born through c-section.
  • Lack of contractions might lead to fluid retention in the baby, which in turn causes a condition called wet lungs.

Doctors need your consent before performing a c-section. So, if you have a choice; think about opting for vaginal delivery. It’s natural, safer, bolder and therefore, better.

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