8 Reasons You May Need a C-Section

Pregnancy is such an exciting time for most women. The closer you get to your expected delivery date, the more excited you’ll feel. However, you might also feel some nervousness or anxiety about delivery. What if something goes wrong? What happens if you can’t deliver the baby naturally?

Although natural delivery is a goal and a desire for many women, cesarean sections (C-sections) often prove to be the safer option for both mom and baby. The expert OB-GYNs at North Texas Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates have performed C-sections for a variety of reasons. We tell you about eight such situations here.

1. Prolonged labor

According to the Mayo Clinic, stalled labor or “failure to progress” is one of the most common reasons for C-section deliveries. Labor is defined as prolonged when it reaches 20 hours. If you continue to have contractions but your cervix doesn’t expand, you may need to have a C-section. 

2. Fetal distress

Your doctor may perform an emergency C-section if your baby shows signs of distress, particularly if it does not appear to be getting enough oxygen or shows an abnormal heartbeat

3. Repeat C-section

Many hospitals and doctors won’t perform natural deliveries for mothers who have had a C-section in the past. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) deliveries are increasing, but your doctor may still decide that a C-section is the safest option for you and baby.

4. Fetal positioning

Doctors often perform emergency C-sections when babies twist or turn into an abnormal position during labor. Sometimes, mothers can elect to have a C-section if the baby is in an abnormal position prior to labor.

5. Birth defects

Certain birth defects may prevent your baby from safely passing through the birth canal. In cases like this, pregnant women often choose to schedule a C-section to reduce the risk of delivery complications and keep the baby as healthy as possible. 

6. Multiple babies

Delivery complications are more likely when a woman has to deliver two or more babies. If you’re pregnant with twins or triplets, your doctor may advise you to schedule a C-section — if you’re pregnant with four or more babies, that suggestion becomes more pertinent. 

7. Placenta problems

Certain issues with the placenta, such as if it slips and covers the cervical opening (placenta previa) or ruptures, may warrant a C-section delivery. 

8. Chronic health conditions

If the mother has a chronic health issue, such as diabetes, heart disease, a sexually transmitted disease, high blood pressure, or kidney disease, the doctor may prefer to perform a C-section.

This is usually to protect the mother from the physical stress that comes with labor and delivery; in the case of an STD, it’s to protect the baby from contracting the disease as it passes through the birth canal.

To learn more about elective and emergency C-sections, schedule a consultation with an OB-GYN at North Texas Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates. You can call our Plano, Texas, clinic at 469-240-1866 or securely send a message to the team online.

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