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12 Ways C-Sections Can Seriously Harm The Baby

Most women don't know how dangerous, and even life-threatening, a C-section can be for their baby.

Some women have no choice but to have a C-section because it is necessary to save the life of themselves and their baby. Other women decide having a C-section would be easier than a vaginal delivery and go for the elective C-section. Either way, C-sections are common and not unusual. Some women do not know how horribly dangerous and life threatening a C-section can be for their little sweetie.

Sure, the main goal of a C-section is to get the baby out safe and sound, but some women are putting their babies at risk by having them delivered this way. We are not telling women to not get a C-section. Lots of women have very successful C-sections, but there are some women who were not as fortunate.

The risks listed below are those that doctors do not seem to warn mothers-to-be about. We wonder why because it is best to always know all of the risk factors associated with any big decision. But don't worry - we've got you covered. We hope those mamas who do have C-sections have a wonderful and safe experience, but it is always best to know what some could be getting themselves into.

No one wants their children to suffer in life, but having a C-section could let that happen. Sometimes the risks outweigh the benefits, and every mother has to make that decision. After this article, some mamas may be thinking twice.

Read below to find out about the reasons C-sections could seriously harm that precious little baby.

12The Doctor Can Cut The Baby's Head

There is a chance that the surgeon performing the C-section could cut your baby! Yes, believe it or not there is about a 1.5% chance of this happening. There are a few reasons why this can happen, such as the surgeon's lack of experience as well as a previous low transverse uterine incision. Most of us do not hear about this dangerous side of C-sections, but scary enough, it happens.

Often, the injuries are to the face. There are cases of babies left with disfiguring marks. This is horrifying and shocking to parents. Most parents expect that their babies are in good hands, but there is a possibility that they are not! Surgeons who make this horrific mistake are often well protected by waivers signed by parents who contested to the surgery in the first place. This is a risk all parents should know, but many do not.

11Increases The Risk Of Leukaemia

High levels of the stress hormone cortisol, that is present during a C-section, with a combination of the lack of exposure to colonizing microbiomes (babies are exposed to this through vaginal delivery) can be the reason why there is a possible link between childhood leukemia and C-sections. This is new research, and it is believed that leukemia is linked to pre-labor C-section delivery.

It has been found that babies born via C-section are at about a 23% increased risk for leukemia. Further research needs to be done on this topic, but the good thing is, knowledge is power and the more scientists learn about this topic the more than can look into finding a solution. In the meantime, there is some evidence leaning towards a correlation between leukemia and C-sections, which is pretty scary.

10Can Damage The Baby's Brain Function

Delivering by C-section can actually have an impact on your sweetie’s brain function! This is a topic that has been studied and it has been found that babies born via C-section show slowed spatial attention. Researchers look at both babies born via C-section and vaginally, and babies born by C-section showed a lower rate of spatial attention than those born vaginally.

This could be due to the delivery method itself, although the theory is not 100% backed up and understood. It is also unclear if these effects are lifelong or just short term. Either way, the thought that there is a possibility of this is pretty scary. A baby can be born with problems regardless of delivery method, but in this case, a C-section might be to blame.

9Mom Might Not Be Able To Breastfeed

Breastfeeding might be put on hold or not happen at all due to a C-section. C-sections can affect a mother’s milk supply as well as breastfeeding initiation. Babies born via C-section are less likely to nurse immediately following birth or within the first 24 hours of delivery. Many believe this is the case because there is a delay in skin to skin contact between mama and baby.

Skin to skin contact and breastfeeding can be excruciating and/or tiring for a new mama due to the surgery. Researchers believe that if a mother is offered more breast-feeding support during post C-section care, breastfeeding rates could be higher. After a C-section, there is a lot of focus around getting the mother stitched, cleaned and pain-free, and less on the benefits of nursing.

8Problems Taking In Oxygen

Believe it or not, the risk of breathing problems in babies born by C-section are higher than those delivered vaginally. When it comes to scheduled C-sections, babies can be born pre-term, and when labor is forced, there is a risk that the baby’s lungs are not fully developed. This can cause certain respiratory problems to arise during and following delivery.

This can be a very serious issue since our lungs are a crucial part in survival. Respiratory distress syndrome is a problem often diagnosed with C-section babies. Of course, some babies that are born via C-section are full term, but even then there is still a chance of an issue because it is very easy to miscalculate a pregnancy. A week can make be the difference between a pre-term baby and a full term baby.

7Higher Levels Of Stress, Anxiety, And Shock

Babies born via elective C-section experience a large amount of shock. A woman who is not naturally in labor is a sign that baby is not ready to be delivered. This means that babies are born before they are ready and that can lead to shock. Delivery is not able to progress like it should, and medical intervention becomes necessary which can lead to elevated levels of stress and anxiety in the mother.

These hormones then transfer to her baby that can also result in similar issues correlated to the trauma and stress. A baby’s cry when exiting the womb is not any different for vaginal deliveries as it is for C-section deliveries, so it is hard to determine if those cries are shock induced or due to being cold entering the world. But we do know that babies born by C-section experience more stress than those via vaginal delivery.

6Baby Can Be Born With Wet Lung

You may not know that when baby is in utero their lungs are filled with fluid. During the labor process, contractions press and squeeze the baby which help to get rid of that fluid. When a baby is born by C-section, they are more likely to develop something called wet lung, which is when the fluid has not exited the body naturally during labor. Babies born with wet lung usually need oxygen, are not able to eat effectively, need IV fluid and also may need antibiotics in case of infection.

When a baby has wet lung, her breathing is fast and labored during her first few days of lie. Some babies experience longer term issues lasting about a week or so. This is not a common problem with a vaginal delivery, so when a mama decides or is needing a C-section, this is something that needs to be taken into consideration.

5Higher Risk Of Developing Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes develops early in life, although the causes are misunderstood. Believe it or not, C-section deliveries and diabetes often go hand in hand. Recent studies have shown that babies born via C-section are more likely to develop type 1 diabetes than those who were not. C-section babies are 20% more likely to have type 1 diabetes than those born vaginally.

There have been studies conducted on this topic and doctors believe that an impaired immune response in C-section babies (because they are exposed to more germs and bacteria than those babies born vaginally) can be the culprit for this. The immune system is responsible for destroying the bad cells found in type 1 diabetes, and not having a natural birth could trigger the immune system to go down the path of diabetes.

4Can Cause Problems With The Heart And Lungs

Persistent pulmonary hypertension is 4x higher with babies born by elective C-section than those delivered vaginally. When baby is born, the blood vessels in her lungs relax to allow her blood to flow threw them in the first moments after birth. This allows the blood to exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen. If this does not happen, it can increase baby’s blood pressure (hypertension).

Babies born with persistent hypertension have low levels of blood oxygen and in turn, can suffer from organ and brain damage. It is known that babies born prematurely are also at an increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension. A high rate of persistent pulmonary hypertension following elective C-sections may suggest that doctors should take this huge problem into consideration before performing an elective C-section.

3Separation Can Be Traumatizing

When a baby is born vaginally, more often than not, they are placed on their mother’s chest. After getting cleaned up, they can reunite with mom pretty quick to bond and nurse. A baby born by C-section does not have this luxury. When a baby is born by C-section, mama gets a super quick peek of baby over a sheet and must wait until tests are done to be able to hold her baby.

Mama also must get stitched up and recover longer than a mother delivering vaginally. Babies born by C-section are more likely to spend time in the NICU than babies born via vaginal delivery. This separation can not only create breastfeeding problems but can be traumatizing for baby.

2Medical Attention Might Be Needed Immediately After Birth

The apgar test is given to newborns to determine if baby needs medical assistance. The baby is ranked on breathing, responsiveness, muscle activity, pulse and appearance. Babies with lower scale scores need life saving measures. Babies born via C-section are not exposed to the same sort of stimuli as they are during a vaginal birth. Babies born via C-section are more likely to show low apgar scales and to be in need of medical intervention.

Babies born via C-section may be under more distress than a vaginal delivery as well. Not all babies born by C-section score low on the apgar scale, but it is important to consider the possibility of this potentially big issue before baby is born. The apgar test is important and crucial with every delivery, and every mama hopes their baby scores well and does not have any issues. But babies born by C-section are at a higher risk than vaginal delivery for issues.

1What Are The Long-Term Health Problems?

There has been research conducted that finds that there is a huge link between a baby’s method of being born into the world and their future health. When a baby is born vaginally, he is exposed to very important and beneficial bacteria that he acquires during a vaginal birth. Babies born by C-section have the opposite happen to them, which results in them being exposed to high levels of harmful bacteria instead of beneficial bacteria.

Not being exposed to the beneficial bacteria could prove to have long term consequences related to immune function. If a woman must have a C-section, or has an elective C-section, it is important for her to know what her baby may be missing out on and what the consequences of that can be.

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