The birth of a child is that magical moment in which the mother welcomes that kind being into the world, and for this to happen the mother must go through the difficult experience of childbirth. As the date of birth approaches, the journey of confusion begins about choosing the appropriate method of delivery, do you choose natural birth or caesarean section?
Many women dream of a pain-free birth, so many choose a caesarean section to avoid labor pain. Others want to stay away from wounds and scars and choose natural childbirth, but in fact, the method of childbirth is chosen according to several different factors according to the health of the mother and fetus.
through this article, we will show you the pros and cons of both natural and cesarean delivery, and which one is best for you?
when to choose natural delivery
- To reduce the cost of delivery, it also consumes fewer medical needs and tools than cesarean section which can be useful in more important surgeries.
- For the rapid recovery of the mother after childbirth, unlike caesarean section, healing from the operation wound needs at least three months.
- To avoid the relaxation of the uterus, during a natural birth, it is easier and faster for the body to return to what it was before.
- To avoid complications of surgical operations, such as infection and inflammation in wounds.
- To avoid the effects of a cesarean delivery wound and to preserve the aesthetic shape of the abdomen.
- Because children who have been born naturally are less likely to suffer from asthma and breathing problems, because the child will come out naturally and his lungs will work quickly at birth.
- To avoid anesthesia and its complications.
- To breastfeed easier and faster, because natural childbirth works to generate milk naturally.
- Because mothers who gave birth naturally are less likely to contract puerperal fever.
When do we choose a cesarean delivery?
- When we want to choose the date of birth.
- To avoid labor pain and the long duration of childbirth
- To avoid continuous bleeding that may occur during natural childbirth.
- To avoid injuries to the child during natural birth, such as head injuries and lack of oxygen
- To stay away from problems and injuries of the cervix and vagina
Cases in which a caesarean section should be chosen over a natural one
The tendency to choose caesarean section has increased because it is the easiest option without trouble or fatigue, but in some cases, it is the only appropriate option and it is difficult for a natural birth to occur, including:
The baby’s head is not down
If the position of the fetus has not changed in the last weeks of the birth position “head down”, it is preferable to choose a caesarean section because it is difficult for the fetus to exit without injury.
The problem here may be that the pelvic opening is narrow or the size of the infant itself is large, which makes it difficult for him to exit through the woman’s pelvis, so a cesarean delivery is chosen.
The cervix is not dilated
The cervix stops dilating before it reaches the required width for the fetus to exit.
Amniotic fluid problems
A decrease in the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the fetus from the normal amount or its turbidity.
Concern about the fetal heart rate. Contraction stress test
It is determined using a uterine contraction stress test near birth to determine how well the fetus is coping with the contractions and its ability to tolerate a normal delivery. It is normal for his heart rate to reach between 120-160, no more or less.
The placenta may be positioned prior to the fetus: the placenta is down at the cervix and the baby is up
Or separation or fusion of the placenta: It occurs in high pressure and uterine spasm as a result of internal bleeding due to injuries.
In cases of twins
And here is the problem when the head of the first child is not down, and the more fetuses in the womb, the less the possibility of natural birth.
Congenital uterine problems
Problems such as having two uteruses, having a septum in the uterus, and having uterine fibroids.
Some signs of approaching natural childbirth
It is not possible to predict the exact date of natural childbirth, but some signs will begin to appear that prepare you for it, namely:
Increased heaviness in the lower pelvis
This is because the fetus descends to the pelvic region, and this happens weeks before labor occurs.
Frequent need to urinate and excrete
Because the fetus’s body is putting pressure on the bladder.
Contractions of the uterine “open”
The first signs of approaching childbirth begin with the occurrence of successive contractions in the uterus, called labor, and the gradual increase in the time between contractions.
Amniotic fluid descent
In order to rupture the amniotic fluid sac in preparation for the exit of the fetus.
Usually, the appropriate method of delivery is chosen according to the doctor’s decision and what he deems appropriate for both the mother and the child, and no one disagrees that the experience of natural childbirth is painful, but if you have the opportunity to choose, and your health conditions or the health of your fetus do not prevent, it is preferable to choose it over caesarean section, it is the way God created people.
Do not worry about pain. Natural childbirth can take place without pain by using anesthesia, and there are a lot of exercises such as cervical dilation, breathing exercises and walking that help facilitate the natural birth process