No, Your C-Section Will Not Hurt Your Baby’s Health Forever
There have been a lot of rather concerning studies released recently about some of the negative aspects of c-sections.
You know, little things like, oh, say, completely changing every part of your baby's flora and digestive system, not exposing them to “normal” vaginal bacteria, leaving them susceptible to a whole host of diseases such as hay fever. And let's not forget our good friends, diabetes and obesity. Heck, there has even been research on how c-sections can change your baby's brain and how c-sections change your baby's DNA.
It can be overwhelming, especially for moms who have their babies via c-section because — let's face it — the great majority of the time when women get c-sections it's not because they are choosing them just for fun. There is usually a reason and it has nothing to do with them. It's about saving the life of their babies.
So to go from not really feeling like you have any control in how to your baby was brought into the world to being told that the c-section is going to lead to a whole host of new problems isn't really the best start into parenthood.
But there is some good news on the horizon: a new study of over 5,000 children in Australia found that c-sections were not a definitive cause of health problems later in childhood.
The study showed that while there is definitely an association with certain health conditions, such as obesity, it's not so easy to prove that it's just the c-section that was the culprit behind the problem. For instance, it was more likely to be a result of the mother's weight and not just the baby's c-section.
In fact, the researchers even found that children who were born via c-section had better health by age 2 or 3 and better social skills by age 6 than children born vaginally.
Overall, by breaking down all of the different factors that could impact a child's health, such as social disadvantage, financial factors, breastfeeding, and maternal weight, the study couldn't find any very strong associations between just c-section births and outcomes on the child's health. Or, in other words, the way your baby is birthed is just one part of a very large picture of health, which should be common sense, but apparently it's not.
“I don't think we should be doing cesarean deliveries without a medical indication,” one doctor told US News. “But just because you ended up needing a c-section [doesn't mean] that you should be worried that your child can suffer some long-term consequences.”
However, the researchers were very insistent on pointing out that these findings don't mean we need to start popping the bubbly and celebrating c-sections for everyone. C-sections are still a serious surgery and are far more likely to impact Mom's health rather than her baby's, so let's not forget about the mother, shall we?
Because her health matters, too.
Was your baby born by c-section? Have there been any related problems that were related to the c-section — for either you or your baby?