The rumours are hard to prove: Doctors insist that it would be irresponsible to deliver the baby by C-section a month early, but the stats show that more women than ever before are giving birth by C-section.
The reasons for this may simply relate to caution on behalf of some medical practitioners: Should the mom be showing any signs of distress during the last few weeks of pregnancy, they are opting to deliver by C-section in order to avoid any harm being caused to mother or child.
A baby born early faces the risks of health challenges such as breathing difficulties, infections and other problems.
A doctor may agree to deliver by C-section on a certain date provided he is relatively certain that this will not compromise the baby’s health. If the doctor has to travel, for example, or the mother has chosen a date for some other important reason, but this decision is only considered within a few days of term. An elective Caesarean is different to an emergency C-section for obvious reasons.
As the Stir suggests, pregnancy is supposed to last for 40 weeks for a reason, and attempting to reduce this for reasons of vanity or convenience is simply irresponsible.
More than ever before, however, scrutiny is placed on the ability of a mom to regain her body after giving birth. The tabloids scream about some or other celebrity looking fantastic or dreadful (“she’s let herself go…”) when the pre-baby body holds little relevance to a new mom.
My Facebook pregnancy
Something that may contribute to this baby-body fixation is the trend for pregnant moms to document their pregnancies on social media channels: Monthly pics showing the growing tummy or even stop motion videos are being shared with friends, family and even colleagues.
If you’ve just had a baby, your body will attract comments, whether you like it or not. Hopefully they’ll be encouraging ones about how great you’re looking, but some may be careless and unhelpful.
There are many contributing factors to post-pregnancy body changes: Metabolism, breastfeeding and maternal health may all play a role. As for stretch marks, some women swear by the use of creams to reduce them while others wear them as stripes of pride.
There’s no shame in the changes brought on by pregnancy, so perhaps it’s better to go through the full 40 weeks rather than place yourself and your baby at risk for the sake of damage control on your body.
More on C-sections:
Amazing C-section video (Warning: Graphic content, viewer discretion advised)
Birth by C-section (Warning: Graphic content, viewer discretion advised)
Would you elect to have an early C-section to preserve your body?