When it comes to giving birth, your doctor will likely try and keep things as procedure-free as possible for you. Since a C-section is, after all, a surgery, most doctors try to avoid. However, there are occasions when C-sections are preferred, and even necessary. In fact, there are some early signs you may need a C-section that your doctor may be on the lookout for, even during the early stages of your pregnancy.
Though some women end up having C-sections after labor has already started, others schedule a C-section in advance. Both cases mean that your doctor has assessed the options for delivery and decided that the C-section is the best and safest option for both mom and baby, in order to avoid any complications that might occur during a vaginal birth. Once labor has begun, the ideal delivery is vaginal, which is why the following early signs you may need a C-section are important to not only pay attention to, but discuss with your doctor. C-sections are considered a major abdominal surgery, and often pose a longer recovery time than vaginal deliveries do. But if you fall under any of the following categories, you and your doctor can determine the proper birthing plan to suit both you and your baby.