How To Avoid A C-Section (Caesarean)

A C-Section surgery is often a medical necessity when complications arise at the time of delivery, like the birth cord around the fetal neck, cervix dilation issues, etc. In such a situation, going for a C-Section is the best option. Having said that, there are also instances where a C-Section may not be necessary at all, yet, due to lack of awareness, it is conducted in a hurry, hence taking away a mother’s chance of a normal delivery. It’s best to rely on your doctor’s word and ensure that birthing process is safe. Here are a few thumb rules you could also follow to help you avoid a C-Section:

1. Choose Your Doctor Wisely

Your doctor is the one who’s aware of every aspect of your pregnancy for the entire 9 months. So, its imperative you choose someone who’s knowledgeable and patient enough to address all your doubts and anxieties, has a good track record of normal deliveries, and most importantly, someone you can completely trust.

2. Communicate Effectively

You may have chosen the right doctor, but make sure you communicate effectively. If you are intent on a normal delivery, be assertive about your choice to her. Ask her any questions that you may have after every ultrasound. Seek her advice on how to overcome complications, if any. Looking at your efforts, she’s bound to make an honest attempt for a normal delivery.

3. Increase Your Awareness

The kind of delivery you’ll have primarily depends on the position of the baby at the time of delivery. There may be other factors as well, like dilation of your cervix or the baby’s heart rate. Increase your awareness in this regard by reading material from reliable sources and discuss them with your doctor if necessary.

4. Bust Those Myths

For a pregnant woman, seeking advice of elderly women and experienced mothers comes naturally. While it may act as a good support system, beware of falling for unscientific myths. You need to realize that pregnancy is a journey that is unique to every woman, a major part of which is determined by her genetic make-up and physical well-being.

5. Diet And Diabetes

The moment a woman gets pregnant, she goes on a binge, eating everything that she’s been advised is good for the baby. Avoid falling for that temptation. Rather, focus on eating a balanced diet. Check if you are allergic to any new foods and skip them unless they are necessary, in which case seek medical advice.

If you have a family history of diabetes, there are high chances that you may get gestational diabetes in the last trimester. In such a scenario, a balanced diet will prevent excess weight gain of you and your baby. An overweight baby can result in C-Section.

6. Exercise

Never fall for those glamorous videos of pregnant celebrities performing complex exercises as their lifestyle is completely different than yours. Instead, do light exercises, that too only when advised by your doctor. Lead an active life, though. Continue doing your regular house work but do not exert yourself. A light evening or early morning walk will refresh you, help you relax and will also keep your weight gain in check.

7. Posture

Your body posture while sitting, standing or lying will keep changing as your baby bump grows. Ensure you maintain the right posture so the baby’s position in the womb is not disturbed. Discuss the same with your doctor.

8. Pain Management

Most women opt for a C-Section simply out of fear of labor pain, some of which stems from hearing about it from other women. Do not scare yourself or panic. Rather, improve your breathing by practicing deep breathing. While labor pains are inevitable, deep breathing helps you relax and you will be better positioned to cope with the pain.

Following these thumb rules may help you in the long run. But remember, having a C-Section entirely depends on complications that arise at the time of delivery. So, don’t let the stress get to you and enjoy your wonderful journey with your baby!

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