If there’s one thing consistent about pregnancy, it’s that you can always expect the unexpected. With factors like age, health history, genetics, and external environment, the progression of an individual pregnancy will be different every time for every woman. Regardless of how you want to deliver your baby, these factors will ultimately decide which way your delivery goes. Ideally, you may want to have a vaginal birth, but why would you need a C-section? Turns out, there are a few reasons why.
While the thought of a C-section may cause some anxiety, it’s important to know that C-sections have become much less invasive in recent years. Most C-sections are now done with a “bikini cut," explained What To Expect, which is a horizontal incision along the lowest part of your uterus. Because this area of the skin is thinner, the article noted, it allows for minimal bleeding and a quicker recovery time than that of the classical vertical incision, which is very rarely used.
OB-GYN Dr. Eva Martin of Elm Tree Medical tells Romper that depending on your hospital, you can even request a gentle C-section, in which your room, temperature, and environment of delivery is as close to a vaginal birth as possible. So, instead of a daunting, cold operating room, you can deliver in a cozier, mom-friendly environment.
As hard is it may be, it’s best to keep yourself mentally prepared and knowledgeable about all aspects of your pregnancy and what your delivery options might be. If you have any of these nine conditions, however, you should keep the option of a C-section open for your delivery.