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Normal Delivery Vs Cesarean – Risks And Benefits


All You Need To Know About A Vaginal Birth:

A vaginal birth is the most natural birthing process. It is a preferred choice of most expectant moms. Once you give birth the vaginal way, your hospital stay is much shorter. The recovery time after a vaginal birth is lesser than that after a cesarean delivery. A vaginal birth will not involve any incision or major scarring. It is also not very surgically invasive. Therefore, the chances of developing complications at the time of childbirth are lesser. As per the American Pregnancy Association, mothers who opt for a vaginal birth have a lower mortality risk.

Vaginal birth has many benefits for your baby too. Your baby and your body will start to prepare and progress naturally for vaginal birth. As your baby passes through the vaginal opening, all the amniotic fluid in your baby’s lungs will expel naturally. During vaginal birth, your baby will also ingest some protective bacteria that will colonize in his intestines. These will boost his immune system.

However, there are certain cons to vaginal birth too. In a vaginal birth, the entire process depends on your body’s readiness and timing. Therefore, there is no way to schedule the birth as such. As you near your labor time, you may suffer from anxiety and stress. In some cases, vaginal birth may increase your risk of incontinence (2). A vaginal birth may also cause sexual problems post-delivery. During this type of birthing, the risk of birth trauma for your baby also increases as your baby has to pass through the birth canal and may need the help of forceps.

All You Need To Know About A Cesarean (C-Section) Birth:

In a cesarean birth, childbirth happens with the help of an incision made through your abdominal wall and uterus. It is slowly becoming a popular choice of birthing in recent times.

A c-section is a planned surgical procedure of childbirth. Therefore, you exactly know when your little one will arrive in the world. You can plan accordingly and prepare yourself mentally for the birth. It will help reduce your stress and anxiety. When you go for a cesarean birth, you are less likely to suffer from incontinence than in the case of a vaginal birth. In addition, the risk of suffering from sexual problems after the birth is lower. Your baby too has lesser chances of suffering from any birth trauma, as the use of forceps is minimal.

As with any surgery, a cesarean surgery too has its cons. In most cases, a cesarean delivery will be pre-planned. It means that your baby may not naturally be ready and mature to come out of the womb. Incorrect calculation of your due date is also a possibility. As a cesarean delivery is a surgical process, it leads to greater blood loss. The use of anesthesia increases the threat of developing complications. You are susceptible to various infections and blood clots too. A cesarean delivery has higher mortality rate for the mother. It also has twice the mortality rate for infants.

Post-surgery, you may suffer from complications like decreased bowel function and may need to stay longer in the hospital for recovery. It can also lead to complications related to breastfeeding. It also increases your chances of suffering from post-natal depression.

The process of birth is an entirely personal choice that you need to discuss and decide with your partner. Speak to your doctor about what will suit you best. As every pregnancy is unique, your doctor will evaluate your overall health and the way your pregnancy is progressing before advising you on the method of childbirth. Take an informed decision that is best for your health and your baby’s development.


Difference Between Cesarean Delivery and Normal Delivery

cesarean delivery vs normal delivery

Cesarean delivery and normal delivery are two ways delivering the baby. Human reproduction starts with the fertilization of ovum by sperm in the Fallopian tube. This fertilized ovum moved to uterus and implanted there. The pregnancy period is calculated from the Last mensuration period. Usually 40 weeks (280 days) considered as intra uterine life. when the foetus is matured, this will be delivered.

Normal Vaginal delivery is child birth via female birth canal. The uterus which kept the foetus will expel the baby through the vagina. This is called labour. Labour may start from the 37th week to 42 week. In the labour the uterine muscles contacts, the neck of the uterus (cervix) will open and dilate upto 10 cm. The baby will be delivered through vagina.

If a mother cannot deliver the baby by normal vaginal delivery, the caesarian section will be offered. In the operation, the uterus is cut to open and deliver the baby through the surgical opening. The uterus will be sutured after the delivery of the baby and the placenta. The caesarean section can be elective, if a mother diagnosed early that she cannot deliver the baby by normal delivery. The reasons may be big baby, small pelvis of the mother, lower lying placenta etc.

The emergency caesarean section will be done if a mother or baby or both at risk. After onset of labour, if caesarean section performed, it is also considered as emergency caesarean section. Other indications for emergency caesarean sections are sudden separation of placenta before the delivery of the baby (placental abruption) foetel distress, or maternal distress.