How to Avoid Having a C-Section

While many women in fact prefer to have a cesarean section in order not to deal with labor pains or in order to avoid medical complications, most women try to avoid c-sections while giving birth. When the majority of women envision a birth, it is this great natural endurance that ends with the baby coming from the vagina.

It isnt necessarily so. Your age and some medical conditions can put you at higher risk for requiring a c-section. Also, some babies have trouble getting into a good position to make a vaginal birth possible. In addition, shorter women tend to need more c-sections. Even though these things cant be helped, but there are many ways to reduce your risk of a cesarean birth.

The Right Hospital

The most overlooked and obvious precaution is to find a hospital that promotes vaginal birthing and has a low incidence of C-sections. Check the birthing center out and see what there statistics are for vaginal verses C-section. If you dont like what you hear, go to a different hospital. This might require finding another obstetrician as well, although this is not always the case.
Many women just assume that all hospitals are the same and that is not always the case.

When searching for the right hospital, you are looking for an overall yearly rate of less than 15%. You want ind a doctor who is really on the vaginal birth side of the team or consider a midwife. There are many doctors who want you to have a complication-free vaginal birth and also want to avoid giving c-sections. If this is a concern you have, discuss this with your doctor. Chances are your doctor feels the same way.

The Right Doctor

Talk to you doctor about whether they are willing to use forceps or vacuum extraction. These are good tools of the trade and can help get a baby out if there is a problem without you having to go “under the knife”. Some doctors are diffident to use them and will suggest you go the surgical route instead. However, forceps and vacuums are safe for mom and baby if used correctly.

If you have concerns about these birthing tools, discuss your fears with your doctor first. Make certain the doctor or midwife you pick has been properly trained and if their practice has many practitioners, inquire of their experience in case they are on call at your birth.

Sometimes the littlest things can make a big difference in a delivery. Find out if your doctor does perineal massage to help the vagina stretch during delivery. Ask about episiotomies. This could be a much better choice than a C-section. An episiotomy wont hurt as bad as the other and it heals quicker and has less risk of infection.

The Right Mother

One of the biggest ways you help avoid a c-section is to take care of your self. You can cut down your own risk by eating properly, getting enough rest and exercise, and making sure you see your doctor as often as possible. The better health you are in, the more likely you will deliver vaginally and have no complication. Sleep as much as you can and rest when your body tells you to.

Dont overexert yourself or do any activities that could cause harm to you or the baby. Eat right by having a varied diet of good, quality nutritious foods. Avoid eating a lot of sugar or salt, which can lead to some nasty pregnancy related diseases.

Make sure you get some kind of exercise daily. Talk to your doctor about what is right for you. Most doctors recommend cardiovascular exercise, such as aerobics, swimming, walking, or yoga. Just make sure you join a pregnancy fitness class or buy a video designed for pregnant women.

Also make sure you do your Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic muscles and have a better chance of a vaginal delivery. If you need to be treated for gestational diabetes or preeclampsia, do EXACTLY what your doctor tells you; this could be the difference in a vaginal birth or C-section.

There is the chance no matter how hard you try, that something could happen to make a C-section necessary. Some things cant be helped and often, medical intervention is the only way to ensure a healthy mom and baby. Dont be too disappointed; the best thing is a happy healthy baby at the end of it all.

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