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  • So is there actually any truth to the bizarre claim? At least two experts interviewed on the subject say N-O-P-E.


    Evidence to support Gaudoin's theory is basically nonexistent, though there have been some links between obesity and C-section rates.

    A 2016 study found that babies born by cesarean are more likely to be obese as adults, and higher weights in pregnant mothers have been linked to higher C-section rates

    But as for the "fat vagina" thing, Dr. Virginia Beckett, a spokeswoman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists who spoke with The Sun, the whole thing is hogwash.

    "[Obstructed labor] occurs because of the position of the baby in the birth canal or a mismatch in the size of the birth canal and the size of the baby," she explained, adding that there might be a tie to weight in some cases. "Women who are overweight are more likely to have overweight babies, often because of pregnancy-related diabetes," she added.

    As a result, she reported that "larger babies may not rotate as easily in the birth canal, so that assistance is required to safely deliver the baby." 

    This may lead to a C-section to "help reduce risk of harmful complications and lead to the safe delivery of a baby."

    However, she said she is "keen to refute any suggestion which makes women concerned about the appearance of their vagina."

    Milli Hill, author of How To Give Birth Like a Feminist, agreed. 

    "This is yet another example of how the words of a doctor who has been positioned by the media as the 'expert' in the conversation can be taken as fact and not even questioned," Hill told Grazia. "In reality there is absolutely ZERO evidence that I am aware of to support the notion that women's vaginas can be 'fat', or that, even if they are, that this can obstruct the progress of a baby."

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  • Instead, Hill feels that this is just the latest example "of the woman-blaming culture that can unfortunately be found in the medical profession." 

    "Rather than asking, 'What could we be doing differently to facilitate easier births for women?' too often the explanation given for difficult or traumatic births is left at the door of women," she continued. "We are too old, we are too fat, and our expectations are too high."

    For now, at least, it seems Gaudoin's claims can be taken with a grain of salt, since they're not supported by any major medical study. And if you've given birth via C-section before, take heart in knowing that your vagina is just fine. Lovely, even. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L.