You are in your last months of pregnancy, and, naturally, you are beginning to think about the method of childbirth that you will use. Your mother is telling you that natural childbirth is best. That’s true, but in the following situations, you might need an early or emergency C-section:
You go to your doctor frequently to monitor your pregnancy until the very last moment. Of course you would prefer a natural delivery, but your doctor would argue otherwise:
If your foetus’ head is not facing downwards. In Weeks 36 and 37, the doctor will try to correct its position; if her attempt is unsuccessful, get ready to have C-section surgery.
If the doctor has discovered that the size of your foetus is larger than your pelvic diameter. In this situation, a natural delivery could be problematic, so be careful.
If the umbilical cord is covering the cervixand obstructing your foetus’ passage through the birth canal.
If you are suffering from a rise in blood pressure or heart problems.
If you have diabetes that results in an increase of your child’s size. Don’t refuse a C-section in this situation because it will be a much easier form of childbirth.
If you discover that you’re suffering from vaginal inflammation. Refuse natural childbirth because it may cause infections to be transmitted to your child.
On the day of your delivery, remember this: your doctor may decide to give you an emergency C-section. Don’t worry; it’s necessary in these situations:
If your cervix remains narrow even after a number of hours. In this situation, your baby will not be able to exit the womb even if you push powerfully.
If there has been a sudden disruption in your baby’s heartbeat during delivery, a C-section will be your best choice.
If your child’s umbilical cord has broken in the womb, agree to undergo C-section surgery—don’t refuse it. This broken cord could deprive your child of necessary oxygen.
Are you scared as your due date approaches? That’s natural; if so, tell your doctor. Are you trying to avoid pain? Rest assured she’ll find the appropriate treatment.
Finally, don’t forget that undergoing a C-section does not prevent you from having a natural birth later.