C-Sections: Disease-Causing Deliveries?

c-sectionAnother reason to avoid a c-section if you can -- children born via cesarean section are more likely to develop celiac disease later in life.

A LOT more likely, like 80 percent more, according to a study published this summer in Pediatrics.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes one's body to be damaged by gluten (found in all forms of wheat, rye, and barely) when ingested.

While researchers aren't clear as to why there's a correlation between it and c-sections, one theory is that babies born via c-section miss some of the mother's microbes they would get in the birth canal.

Wonder what else we're going to find out about how those microbes are so important?


As c-sections rates soar, more and more reasons have come out over the years that support the benefits of a vaginal birth over a c-section -- not the least of which is disease prevention. Other diseases that have shown possible links to c-sections include asthma, diabetes, and cancer.

Yet still, currently one in every three live births in the United States is via c-section -- an alarmingly high rate.

This doesn't mean mothers who have had to have c-sections should feel guilty, especially if it was medically necessary. Actually, if you had a vanity c-section, you should feel a little guilty.

But beyond that, there's no going back, so it won't help to dwell on what might have been or what disease your child might develop. And there are cases when c-sections really are the best -- and only -- way for the health of the mother and child.

Neither my son nor I would be here today if he hadn't been delivered via emergency c-section at 27 weeks when I developed preeclampsia.

But there are also way too many cases in which they're not necessary.

Hopefully studies like these and future ones will make doctors think twice before jumping to order a c-section and give women who think c-sections are an easy way out a little more thinking to do on the subject.

Do you support elective c-sections, especially given the potential link to various diseases?

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