For many women, a C-section is the only way that a baby can be delivered. It doesn’t mean that the woman has failed at a vaginal birth. It simply means that a C-section is the best option for the health of the baby and the mother. Since more women are delivering via C-section, doctors and nurses have researched the risks and the benefits of the procedure. Doctors will tell women about the short-term impacts on the body after a C-section. However, they don’t discuss the long-term impacts that the woman might deal with for years to come after the birth.
One of the risks that are associated with a C-section is pelvic dysfunction. It’s possible that there will be some incontinence after delivery. There could also be issues with pelvic organ prolapse. The likelihood of delivering via C-section increases after the first one. Unfortunately, women who have two or three births by C-section are advised not to have more children because the muscles are weak in the abdomen and uterus. Children delivered via C-section are sometimes more likely to develop asthma.
There are benefits of having a C-section that women should observe so as not to be afraid of getting trying to get pregnant and delivering a baby. If there are health issues with the mother or the baby, then a C-section is usually the best method of delivery. The baby isn’t under any unnecessary stress. Another benefit is that the mother will know when the baby will be born, so if there is a specific date that the mother wants to deliver, then that can be discussed with the doctor. The baby’s weight can be monitored during the pregnancy, especially if the mother has gestational diabetes or diabetes before the pregnancy. A scheduled C-section will help to prevent the baby from gaining too much weight so that there aren’t health issues that arise during the delivery process.