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Elective C-Section?

Can't I just schedule a c-section and avoid the whole pushing-out-the-baby ordeal?
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February 28, 2017
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Maybe. We know some doctors who say that elective cesarean sections are just fine, or even that they save a woman’s pelvic floor from stresses that could lead to incontinence (aka peeing your pants) later in life. But we know plenty of others who think it’s a bad idea to go under the knife without necessity. A c-section, after all, is major surgery and isn’t without risks. You should also be aware that your health insurance might not cover an elective cesarean — look over your policy to be sure. If you do choose to schedule a c-section, try to cut it (no pun intended) as close as possible to 39 weeks. A recent study showed that baby is more likely to have health problems if he’s delivered by c-section before 39 weeks or after 40 weeks.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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