In just the past 14 years, the rate of cesarean sections done on low-risk women has jumped a whopping 5.4 percent, according to a new investigation by Consumer Reports. And C-sections represent 31.8 percent of all births in the U.S. annually. Whether the trend is for better or worse, one thing's for sure: Women are often faced with a lot of misinformation about the procedure. So many myths about C-sections -- when it comes to what the surgical procedure entails, who the best candidates are, what recovery is really like, and much more -- often overshadow the truths.
That's why it seems imperative to set the record straight. Here, the truth about all the aspects of going under the knife in the delivery room.