Mothers have a choice between having a natural vaginal birth and a cesarean section birth for their babies. Some women want to opt for a cesarean section because it’s much faster than most vaginal births, but it does carry some risks. Business Insider talks about some of these risks.
The procedure usually takes around 45 minutes. After a spinal anesthetic is given to numb you from the waist down, the doctors make incisions to cut down to the womb, then pull out the baby and repair the incisions.
It sounds like a dream compared to the 12-24 hours of labor for most new mothers, but C-sections cause increased risks of clots, blood loss, infections, and bowel/bladder injuries. That said, it is still a safe procedure.
Doctors prefer that women perform a vaginal birth if they can. Once you’ve had one it will be dangerous in the future to give birth through the vagina. Scarring is also possible which may bother some women.
There are certain complications that make a C-section preferable despite the risks. The most well-known is if the baby is turned the wrong way in the womb, but there are others. Babies over 10 pounds, multiple births, or dilation problems can also be factors for recommending a C-section.
Whether you elect to have one or your doctor recommends one, they should tell you all the possible risk factors you can face if you go through the procedure so you can make an informed choice.