The Startling Effects a C-Section Could Have on a Child Years After Birth


About one in three births today happen by C-section -- and while many are done out of medical necessity to protect a baby's health, a new study suggests that cesareans can also increase a baby's risk of certain health problems down the road. Yikes!



To come to these conclusions, researchers at New York University and Peking University analyzed a bunch of other studies about C-sections, and found that many correlate this procedure to a variety of health complications as babies grow older: namely type 1 diabetes, asthma and obesity. 

For instance, while type 1 diabetes strikes 1.79 of every 1,000 babies delivered vaginally, that number rises to 2.13 percent per 1,000 babies born via C-section. Meanwhile asthma affects 9.5 percent of C-section babies compared to 8.4 percent of vaginal delivery babies; obesity 19.4 percent of C-section babies verses 15.8 percent born vaginally.

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Which is not to say women should refuse C-sections across the board -- the researchers maintain that C-sections can be "medically necessary" in certain scenarios. Yet various organizations and experts argue that some doctors are overusing C-sections when they don't have to -- and in these cases, it may be worth holding off, given these new-found long-term ramifications for baby's health.

Plus, since these potential complications aren't listed in clinical guidelines used to educate doctors and midwives, they may not even be aware of them ... which means it's up to moms to keep them in mind and advocate on her baby's behalf.

Did you get a C-section -- and if so do you think it was good or bad for your baby's health?


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