C-Sections should be totally avoided unless there are medical complications. It is definitely an expert opinion that these surgeries are performed too frequently and sometimes for totally avoidable reasons.
There are additional risk and proven extended recovery period associated with C-sections. You can avoid them by taking these steps:
1. Choosing the right Doctor
It is really important to choose the right doctor to take care of you during pregnancy. You should check with your referrals about the birthing technique favored by the Doctor and also ask the Doctor on the opinion about C – Section and Natural Birth. It is obvious you should choose Doctors who favour Natural Birth.
2.Choosing the right Hospital / Clinic
C-Sections are a good revenue source for Hospitals as they are more expensive than natural birth. Good hospitals do not differentiate between C-Section and natural birth and they offer a common package. It is advisable for you to choose such Hospitals for your birthing. Almost always the Doctor will have a say on the Hospital. Hence you should do a combined research for choosing both.
3.Lamaze / Natural birthing classes
It is possible to learn to manage pain through breathing techniques. Lamaze and Natural birthing classes are excellent places to learn these techniques.
You can check our blogs on Pranayama or Yogic breathing during pregnancy and complement Lamaze with it.
Quick weight gain and obesity is one of the biggest contributing factors for requiring a Cesarean procedure. It is extremely important to maintain a healthy diet plan. The diet plan should consist of four food groups: Proteins, Fruits and Vegetables, Dairy and Grains
It is worthwhile to get a good diet plan written from your Doctor.
All of us have heard about women of yesteryears who continue to indulge in normal physical labour till their last trimester which helped them to have natural and easy labour.
Unless you are advised by your Doctor to avoid exercise it is extremely important to indulge in moderate and low impact exercise. Yoga, Walking, Swimming etc are recommended.
It is important to avoid exercises where you lie flat on your back and contact sports like badminton, tennis and squash.
6.Wait till the appropriate moment
Your doctor would have advised you to time your contractions when you get into labour. More often than not, couples get admission in the hospital much before that time. It is preferable to be in comfort of your home as much as possible without visit restrictions rather than sterile hospital environment. If you have the Doctor / Nurse on the call, they will guide you the right time. This definitely reduces the instances of artificial inducements and other techniques which increases the possibility of C-Section.
Happy Delivery 🙂