Five surprising things women do to avoid a c-section delivery!

So your due date is fast approaching and you are trying hard to keep it together? Well, we know that anxiety, excitement and most of all the fear! With an alarming rise in c-section deliveries, we are sure every mommy out there is stressing out about having a natural birth plan. While c-sections are not harmful by any means, there is no woman who likes to be dragged in a stretcher to be cut open, after 10 hours of labour.

So if you are praying hard for a normal delivery, keep these in mind once you are in labour!

1. Let your labour start on its own

Whether your husband is travelling on work or your doctor is going on a vacation, never agree to get induced. While it may seem like a bona fide reason at that moment, you might have to pay a hefty price later on.

Studies of first-time moms show that 44 percent of those who are induced end up with a C-section but that only 8 percent of those who go into labor spontaneously end up with a C-section. Also, many times, inducing women way before the cervix is ready can lead to unproductive labor, which then necessitates a C-section.

2. Labour at home until you are approximately 3 cms dilated

Let’s admit it! No one likes to stay in a hospital, even if it’s for child birth. A hundred doctors and nurses running around with strange equipment and scary needles are good enough to break your confidence, slow down your labour and therefore push into a c-section.

So, it definitely is better to stay at home, in your comfort zone at least until you are 3 cms dilated. However, if you do feel there is a need for you to get to the hospital, do so without a doubt.

3. Don’t get an epidural too soon

The minute contractions begin, every woman’s thought is on when she will be given an epidural. But wait! Getting an epidural too soon can slow or at times even stop labour. This will in turn lead to a drop in your baby’s heart rate and therefore an emergency c-section. The longer that you wait to get an epidural, the lower your chances are for needing a C-section.

4. Pick a doctor with a low c-section rate

Like it or not, some doctors are known for c-sections deliveries. Only a handful might actually wait until you go into labour or your waters break. So, shed your inhibitions and discuss with doctor about her c-section rates. You could also do some online research or simply talk to others who have had experiences with her so that you are dead sure.

5. Talk to your doctor

Last, but definitely not the least, make sure you sound your gynecologist about your wants and wishes. If normal delivery is what you want, let her know about the same and also seek tips on how to proceed with the same. This is important simply because many times, you may have doctors doing the exact opposite of what you want. So, it’s always better to discuss in advance.

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