Cesarean section: pros and cons
Over the past 30 years, the number of children born withWith the help of cesarean, increased by 20%. In November 2009, the Center for Healthcare and Control of the Russian Federation reported that the level of cesarean section in the country is a record 29.1%, which is almost a quarter of the total number of births. This means that 1 in 4 women gave birth with caesarean section.
As with any surgical interventionThere are some risks. Cesarean section is also an exception. It is important to be aware of all the pros and cons of this operation, get a doctor's consultation in time and be ready for possible problems and difficulties after the operation. If you decide to give birth by caesarean section voluntarily - you need to know some facts about this procedure.
To begin with, consider the pros. Actually, he is the only one - the absence of nature pain and stress. What is called "asleep-woke up, and the child is already near." True, women do not take into account the fact that the pain after cesarean will still be strong, prolonged, with a number of restrictions (you can not walk, take a child in your arms, generally somehow strain for several months). In addition, you will have a scar on your body, which will also cause a lot of inconvenience, especially the first six months or a year after the operation. What else, except pain and fear, are the benefits of caesarean section? Oh yes! You can choose the date of birth of your child. Well, of course, not quite any, but as close to the full term of pregnancy. Cesarean can be done even two weeks before the date - it will not affect the health of the child. Here, in fact, and all the pluses. Next, let's talk about the minuses.
Risks and complications for the mother:
Consider the most frequent of the following risks associated with any surgical intervention
- Infection: Infection can occur with surgical wounds in the uterine cavity and other small pelvic organs, such as the bladder.
- Bleeding or increased blood loss: Bleeding at birth with caesareanSection is higher than with normal births. This can lead to the need for blood transfusion in connection with anemia (6 women out of 100 need a blood transfusion).
- Damage to organs: Possibly damage to organs, such as the bladder.
- Spikes: With complications after caesarean section is possibleFormation of adhesions in the small pelvis. This will prevent the onset of the next pregnancy or cause its complications: placenta previa or placental abruption.
- Long stay in the hospital: After birth with caesarean section, normal hospital stay is 5-7 days, if there are no complications after childbirth.
- Long recovery period: Necessary time period forRecovery after caesarean section can last from a few weeks to several months, which affects your relationship with the child (14 cases out of a hundred women suffer from pain six months or more after the operation).
- Response to anesthesia: You may have a negative reaction to anesthesia, which is given during caesarean section or reaction to pain, sedatives, which are provided after the operation.
- Risk of additional operations: Such as Hysterectomy, restoration of the bladder or other cesarean section.
- Death of the mother: The maternal mortality rate during Caesarean section is higher than at normal births.
- Emotional reactions: Women who gave birth with the help of Caesarean say that they have unpleasant memories of the birth of a child. There may be problems in dealing with your child.
Risks and complications for the child:
- Premature delivery: If the gestational age is not calculated correctly, a child born with cesarean can be premature and have a low weight.
- Respiratory problems: When a child is born with the help of a cesarean,He may experience breathing problems. Some studies show that there is a need for immediate care for the child right after the cesarean section, which is not required for normal births.
- Lower estimates on the Apgar scale: Low Apgar results may be causedAnesthesia, stress on the fetus before birth and lack of stimulation during labor (vaginal delivery provides natural stimulation of the child in the birth canal). Babies born with cesarean have a 50% chance of low Apgar scores than those born in the normal regime.
- Damage to the fetus: Very rarely the operation can damage the fetus, inflicting injuries, such as scratches during cutting. (2 out of every 100 babies can scratch during surgery).
If the doctor offers birth with cesarean, but you are not in an emergency, give yourself time to discuss your options for a more successful implementation.
- Ask the doctor to explain to you why a caesarean section is recommended.
- Ask what are the alternatives in your case specifically.
- Ask the doctor to give you a comparison of all possible risks and complications during labor and birth in a natural way and with caesarean section.
- Discuss routine postpartum procedures with Cesarean section (for example, when you can see your child, how soon after giving birth you will be able to breast-feed, if you take medicines, etc.
Remember that caesarean sections have pluses and minusesAn unequal number, with a preponderance of minuses. Moreover, in this article were listed only the most basic of them. And there are also the following: lack of milk after cesarean, inability of natural birth, depression and pain, impossibility of sexual life before three months after surgery, etc. Do you still want to give birth through cesarean? Then be ready for it all.