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When should I consider a Caesarean

When To Consider C-Section?

The biggest fear and nightmarish part of pregnancy for a mother is labour and delivery. How would my delivery be? Will everything go normal? Will my baby be delivered healthy? How long will my labour last? And, would it be really very painful? These are the most common questions that often ‘haunt’ pregnant moms.

Often, this fear leads many mothers to ask for a Caesarean section delivery (a.k.a. C-section), mostly, with a thought that it may get less painful and easier to face. However, the reality of C-section deliveries is far more different. C-sections, in reality, are more risky and always take a longer time for recovery as compared to the normal deliveries.

Let Your Doctor Decide

Whether or not to consider having a C-section delivery is primarily your doctor’s decision than yours. However in some cases, a C-section is scheduled in advance when there is some possible complication for childbirth. A few common reasons where Caesarean is planned instead of a normal delivery are –

  • If the baby is not in a head-down position close to your due date.
  • In case you have a problem such as a heart disease that could be made worse by the stress of labour.
  • If you are suffering from some infection that you could pass to the baby during a vaginal birth.
  • If you have had a C-section before and your doctor prefers the same as labour might cause uterine rupture.
  • If you have some obstruction (such as a large fibroid) that would make a vaginal delivery difficult or impossible.
  • Unfortunately, if the baby has a known malformation or abnormality that would make a vaginal birth risky.
  • Sometimes in case of multiple deliveries (still, less often for twin birth and more for triplets or more).

Unforeseen Complications


On the other hand, in a few other situations a C-section is done in response to unforeseen complications in normal delivery. Some such situations include:

  • Labour is slow and hard or stops completely.
  • The baby shows signs of distress, such as a very fast or slow heart rate.
  • In case of a problem with the placenta or umbilical cord that puts the baby at risk.
  • The baby is too big to be delivered vaginally.

Whatever the concerns, your obstetrician would be the best person to decide and understand if you need a Caesarean delivery or not.