8 Reasons A C-Section May Be The Best Choice for Delivery

8 Reasons A C-Section May Be The Best Choice for Delivery

If you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, you may feel overwhelmed with the decisions you need to make when it comes to your baby. What color should you paint the nursery? What baby items are really necessary? Should you find out the gender?

It’s also important to make decisions that will keep you and your baby healthy during your pregnancy and delivery. Many women successfully deliver their child vaginally, but for others, a cesarean birth, or C-section, is the best option.

Because we know you want what is best for you and your child, our team of obstetricians and gynecologists at North Texas OB/GYN wants to help you understand your options. We have performed many successful C-section deliveries for women in Plano, Texas, and may consider one for you and your baby.

During a C-section, we remove the baby through an incision in the mother’s abdomen. Usually we perform a C-section out of concern for the health of the mother or child, but there are other reasons it may be beneficial. If you’re looking for more information, here are eight reasons why a C-section may be your best choice for delivery.

1. The baby’s position

The best position for a baby to be in for a vaginal delivery is with the face down. A C-section is a better option, though, if we determine through an ultrasound or external exam that your baby is positioned abnormally in a breech position, meaning the feet are first or butt is first, or a transverse position, meaning shoulder is first or the side is first.

2. Maternal anatomy

It’s possible that our examinations will result in a diagnosis of cephalopelvic disproportion. This means that it would be difficult for your baby’s head to pass safely through the pelvis in a vaginal delivery due to your pelvis being too small in proportion to your baby’s head. In this case, a C-section offers you an easier and safer delivery option.

3. Multiple babies

If you have twins and the baby closest to the birth canal is in an abnormal position, or the babies are being born too early, a C-section can be a better option. The chances that you’ll need a C-section will increase if you’re carrying more than two babies.

4. Maternal medical conditions

You may develop certain conditions during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes or high blood pressure, that can increase complications and make a vaginal birth riskier. We may also recommend a C-section for other health concerns, such as an active genital herpes infection at the time of birth.

5. Previous C-section

We may recommend a C-section for your pregnancy if you delivered a previous baby by C-section. However, depending on your previous incision and other factors, you may still be able to attempt a vaginal birth.

6. Problems with the placenta

In placenta previa, the placenta covers some or all of the opening to the cervix and makes a vaginal delivery difficult or impossible. Another condition, placental abruption, often requires an emergency C-section due to the separation of the placenta from the uterine lining.

7. Issues that arise during labor

Even if you’ve planned on a vaginal delivery, unplanned complications can risk the health of you or your baby and make a vaginal delivery unsafe. A few examples include if your labor fails to progress and you enter stalled labor, or if your baby appears to be in distress during labor. In these cases, you may need an emergency C-section.

8. Mother’s preference

While you may be able to safely delivery your baby vaginally, it’s possible that you have personal reasons for preferring a C-section despite the possible risks. You may be considering potential benefits, such as easing anxiety about vaginal delivery, avoiding incontinence, and finding a scheduled C-section to be more convenient.

The health and happiness of you and your baby are important to us. If you’re pregnant or are considering pregnancy and want to learn more about your options, schedule an appointment online or over the phone with North Texas OB/GYN today.

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