Elective Caesareans Increase Baby's Breathing Problems

If you've gotten pregnant using in vitro fertilization or some other form of fertility treatment, you probably have elevated concerns about the health of your baby. If that's the case, you should be aware of a new study which shows that elective Caesarean deliveries may increase the likelihood of respiratory problems in your newborn child. This doesn't necessarily mean that you shouldn't elect to have a Caesarean delivery, especially if you're a high-risk pregnancy. However, it brings up another issue that you shoud discuss with your fertility doctor before going into labor. The study (reported on here) showed that breathing problems were more likely in babies born by elective Caesarean than by natural childbirth. Moreover, it showed that these problems were more likely in cases of elective Caesareans than in cases of emergency Caesarean delivery. It is believed by the authors of the study that this is due in part to changes in the body of the mother at the time of labor. If the elective Caesarean fails to allow for the hormonal alterations that the body undergoes during labor, the lungs of the baby may not be able to mature as effectively. An important finding of the study is that the timing of the Caesarean may be able to mitigate the risk of respiratory problems in the baby. Women who are undergoing fertility treatments and who are considering elective Caesarean delivery should work with their doctors to make sure that their delivery will be timed optimally for the baby's health. Postponing the delivery until after the 39th week of pregnancy is recommended by the study. Question of the Day: Do you feel that you have increased concerns about your delivery because your pregnancy was achieved through fertility treatments? photo link
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