What Are The Risks And Benefits Of The Vaginal Birth Vs. Cesarean Birth?

At this point, everyone has heard about both delivery options, the cesarean and the vaginal birth. But, are you as clueless as I am about which birthing option is safer for both you and your little one? Welcome to the club, but worry not, as we’ll talk about the pros and cons of both vaginal as cesarean birth. Read the information below, but always speak to your health care provider first and decide together what suits you best.

 

Vaginal birth

This is the most natural birthing process and one of the most preferred choices of expectant moms. When you deliver your baby through the vaginal way, your hospital stay is much shorter as the recovery time takes shorter than after a cesarean delivery. Vaginal birth will not involve any major scarring or incision and it is not very surgically invasive. Thus, complications at the time of childbirth are lesser. Vaginal birth has many benefits for the baby too. The baby and the body will start to prepare and progress naturally for the vaginal birth. As the baby passes through the vaginal opening, the amniotic fluid in the baby’s lungs will expel naturally. Also, the baby will ingest some protective bacteria that will boost his immune system.

But there are also cons to this process. The entire process of vaginal birth depends on the body’s readiness and timing. As the labor time approaches, expectant moms suffer from anxiety and stress and in some cases, the vaginal birth will even increase the risk of incontinence. Vagial birth may also cause sexual problems after delivery. The risk of birth trauma for the baby also increases as the baby has to pass through the birth canal and may even need the help of forceps.

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Cesarean Birth

During this process, childbirth takes place with the help of an incision made through the abdominal wall and uterus. This process has become a very popular birth choice in recent times. Cesarean birth, also known as c-section, is a planned surgical procedure of childbirth. Thus, you will know exactly when the baby will arrive in this world. It has its pros as you can plan accordingly as well as prepare mentally for the birth. This method will reduce stress and anxiety. Furthermore, it is less likely to suffer from incontinence compared to vaginal birth as well as the risk of sexual problems after delivery is much lower. Moreover, the baby is less prone to experiencing any birth trauma, as the use of forceps is minimal.

However, as the c-section is pre-planned, the baby is not naturally ready and mature to come out of the womb. It is also possible to incorrectly calculate the due date too. As this method is a surgical process, a greater blood loss will occur. Using anesthesia also increases the threat of developing complications. The body is more prone to various infections and blood clots. The mortality rate of this method is high for the mothers and twice as high for infants.

In conclusion, the birth process is totally a personal choice that one needs to discuss and decide with their partner and health care provider. As every pregnancy is unique, the doctor will evaluate the overall health before giving an advice on the best and safest way of delivering the baby. If you have undergone vaginal birth or opted for a c-section, let us know about your experience in the comments below.

You might also want to read: 10 Changes That The Woman’s Body Goes Through During Pregnancy

 

 

Source: Momjunction