As per the recent data given by the National Family Health Survey 2014-15 (NFHS-4) reveals that at the all-India level the rate of C-sections has almost doubled over the last decade, while in the last twenty years, it has risen six times. In private hospitals or obstetrics and gynecology in Pretoria, the rates of cesarean section are much higher than in public hospitals.

Until 2010, cesarean—or C-sections—were limited to 8.5% of all deliveries in the country, But in the last decade or so, the numbers have escalated in many parts of the country. It’s not just in India but all over the world, caesarean rates have increased drastically. However, turkey is at the opposite end of the scale with just over half of all babies delivered via c-section. The US and Australia also have quite higher cesarean rates than average, 32.5 & 32.1 per 100 live births respectively.

The query that arises here is whether cesarean section delivery is free of all complications and if not, then what can a woman do to reduce the possibility of ending up in a cesarean section.

What Are The Complications Of A Caesarean Delivery?

Obstetrics and gynecology in Pretoria professionals explain to us what are the complications of cesarean section vis a vis normal delivery-

  1. More women die during cesarean section than in normal delivery.
  2. Most women are also exposing themselves to complications of anesthesia.
  3. Women are more likely to have a fever or wound infection.
  4. Blood loss is more than double as compared to normal delivery and hence women feel weak for a long time after cesarean section.
  5. Women are also more prone to have clots in veins.
  6. In the next pregnancy, she may have an ectopic pregnancy or cesarean scar pregnancy. Rarely she may end up getting her uterus removed because of a ruptured uterus in the next pregnancy or placenta accreta.

All this information is important for patients who request a caesarean section on demand.

Is Caesarean Section A Result Of Lifestyle Diseases?

Indeed! All over the world, as of economic growth food is abundant. The average weight gain during pregnancy in affluent societies is 14 to 20 kgs as compared to recommended 9 to11 kgs. Workout in day-to-day life is almost nil. The reason for hiring help for household work manual work is extinct. All these lifestyle changes have made labor much longer as compared to 50 years back. Lastly, the majority of educated working women are not ready to bear the pain.

Check out the tips For Pregnant Women to Avoid Ending Up In Caesarean Section

We do not know what brings labor pains? In France, it was seen that washerwomen who were doing a lot of manual work were usually delivering very prematurely and once the government intervened and they were made to stop work in the 7th month these women could carry pregnancies till term. So we can extrapolate that if a pregnant woman will do some exercise it may push her towards normal delivery. In one population-based study from Denmark, it was seen that those women who were doing some leisure-time activity were less likely to have an emergency caesarean section. This scientific study also proved that increasing leisure-time physical activity before and during pregnancy was associated with a less complicated delivery.

Doing exercise can lead to preterm birth, according to experts of obstetrics and gynecology in Pretoria, it’s a myth. The study of scientists has proven that Aerobic exercise for 35 to 90 mins 3 to 4 times per week during pregnancy can be safely performed by normal-weight women with singleton, uncomplicated pregnancy as this is not associated with quite an increased risk of preterm birth or with a reduction in mean gestational age at delivery. Scientific studies have also shown that workout during pregnancy is associated with a significantly higher incidence of vaginal delivery & a significantly lower incidence of caesarean delivery. It also assists with weight management, reduces the risk of gestational diabetes in obese women, & enhances psychological well-being. Prior to starting any regular exercise routine, it’s crucial to take permission from your obstetrician.