Today I’m sharing with you this study on the long-term effects of Cesarean section (C section) published in the journal PLOS in January of 2018.
The researchers reviewed 80 studies that involved a total of more than 29 million (29,928,274) participants mostly in high-income countries.
This observational study was done to evaluate the long-term effects of C sections on mothers, babies, and future pregnancies. It showed some interesting results that you, as an informed parent-to-be should be aware of, so you can make the best decision for yourself and your baby.
The incidence of C sections around the world is increasing at an alarming rate. In 2016, 32% of deliveries in North America 24.5% of deliveries in Western Europe, and 41% in South America were by C section. It’s important for you to be aware of both the short-term and long-term consequences of C section so, when you have a choice, and an emergency C section is not necessary, you can have an informed and empowered discussion with your doctor.
Long-term effects of C/S on moms:
- Doing a C section decreases the chances of urinary incontinence(inability to hold urine) in moms.
- It lowers the risk of prolapse of pelvic organs in mothers years after the C section.
- It increases the risk of infertility and difficulties conceiving after C section.
- It leads to possible complications with the placenta during later pregnancies
- There is an increased risk of uterine rupture during pregnancies after a C section.
- There is a higher risk of miscarriage and stillbirths after C section.
Long-term effects on babies delivered:
Babies delivered by C section:
- Have an increased risk of becoming overweight or obese before they’re 5 years old.
- Have a higher risk of developing asthma and wheezing up until they’re 12 years old.
It’s very important that you talk to your doctor about any questions or concerns you may have about how you are going to deliver your baby. Your safety and the safety of your baby are always a priority so, even with the potential negative consequences of C section, if it needs to be performed to save you or your baby, there really is no choice.
Rest assured, if you have to deliver by C section there is now some very promising research on the use of probiotics in babies born by C/S. It is showing that using certain probiotics may lower these baby’s chances of developing asthma, allergies, and possibly obesity.
Here is the link to the study:
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To your Holistic Health,