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Why so many c-sections?

Dee CurlzDee Curlz Posts: 123Registered Users
Gwen Stefani had a c-section, so did Angelina, so did Britney.... I remember thinking that Jennifer Garner was one of the only celebs to give birth without a c-section.

And closer to home... more often than not people I know are having c-sections.

Is this procedure on the rise or am I imagining things? Do you think women are opting for this procedure or is there a medical need in most cases?
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  • internetchickinternetchick Posts: 6,191Registered Users
    It is on therise, dramatically. Many celebs have c-sections early to help avoid tummy sag. There wasn't a No option, since I didn't have a c-section. AFAIK, most are elective c-sections.
  • DelmaDelma Posts: 1,121Registered Users
    I had a c/section but only because I was bullied by a nurse who told me my son was going to be too big and that they would have to use forceps and he would most likely be retarded and also that I would never be the same down there again, that's exactly what she said can you believe it :shock: . Anyways it was my first baby so she scared me to death, BTW my son was only 8.10
  • MeghuneyMeghuney Posts: 4,263Registered Users
    dee dee wrote:
    Gwen Stefani had a c-section, so did Angelina, so did Britney.... I remember thinking that Jennifer Garner was one of the only celebs to give birth without a c-section.

    And closer to home... more often than not people I know are having c-sections.

    Is this procedure on the rise or am I imagining things? Do you think women are opting for this procedure or is there a medical need in most cases?

    I just have this fantasy that the stars are having liposuctions during their c-sections. It makes the fact that they all look so good after giving birth more understandable to me. :twisted:
  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    Does a C-section really cut down on tummy flab? How? And can you really get one along with lipo????
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  • loosecurlsloosecurls Posts: 637Registered Users
    I had one because my labor stalled after 17 hours & the fact that Betsy was ginormous (10 lbs 11 oz, 22" long & a 14 & a 1/2" head).
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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    Not suprising. I'm sure quite a few celebs have elective c-sections because they get some plastic surgery done at the same time. So, Meg, your fantasy isn't too far off the mark. Sarah Jessica Parker got a little Nip Tuck after her son was born.

    Edited because I can't spell fantasy.
  • MeghuneyMeghuney Posts: 4,263Registered Users
    medussa wrote:
    Not suprising. I'm sure quite a few celebs have elective c-sections because they get some plastic surgery done at the same time. So, Meg, your fanatasy isn't too far off the mark. Sarah Jessica Parker got a little Nip Tuck after her son was born.

    I figured as much. Besides, celebrities can't be bothered with actual labor. They don't know when it will be over, how long the pushing will last, etc. With a C-section - there is a set day and time. Plus, the bonus is the plastic surgery. Recover from childbirth and plastic surgery all at once. So, when you do make your appearance - you look SMASHING!!!!
  • marielle448marielle448 Posts: 1,823Registered Users
    Whoah! Angelina had a c-section?! Knock me over with a feather. :shock:

    Yup, not only are c-sections on the rise but elective Cs are dramatically increasing as well.

    Marielle (who will add the disclaimer that I have no issues with necessary c-sections, as I was born through one myself).
  • *Ani**Ani* Posts: 351Registered Users
    Delma wrote:
    I had a c/section but only because I was bullied by a nurse who told me my son was going to be too big and that they would have to use forceps and he would most likely be retarded and also that I would never be the same down there again, that's exactly what she said can you believe it :shock: . Anyways it was my first baby so she scared me to death, BTW my son was only 8.10


    wow...a mean nurse scared me too after my C-section when she was removing the staples...she said that they were taking them out too early but she had to do it because the doctor ordered it ...but my incision would likely bust open and I'd be in a world of pain.

    really nice, huh?
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  • internetchickinternetchick Posts: 6,191Registered Users
    Amneris wrote:
    Does a C-section really cut down on tummy flab?

    I am not sure how much, but I have heard of women having their baby by c-section a month early to avoid a loose tummy. Your tummy really pops that last month, especially once the baby drops.
  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    Amneris wrote:
    Does a C-section really cut down on tummy flab?

    I am not sure how much, but I have heard of women having their baby by c-section a month early to avoid a loose tummy. Your tummy really pops that last month, especially once the baby drops.

    Doctors will agree to do that????
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  • MeghuneyMeghuney Posts: 4,263Registered Users
    Amneris wrote:
    Does a C-section really cut down on tummy flab?

    I am not sure how much, but I have heard of women having their baby by c-section a month early to avoid a loose tummy. Your tummy really pops that last month, especially once the baby drops.

    Tyson never dropped but boy are you ever right about that last month. I had not a ONE stretch mark until the last 3 weeks of pregnancy...at least none that were noticeable. Then, in that last 3 weeks, my stomach grew to unimaginable ..umm, proportions. :oops:
  • internetchickinternetchick Posts: 6,191Registered Users
    medussa wrote:
    ...Sarah Jessica Parker got a little Nip Tuck after her son was born...

    I didn't know that. She's so tiny, I assumed she just had one of those snap back bodies.
  • DelmaDelma Posts: 1,121Registered Users
    *Ani* wrote:
    Delma wrote:
    I had a c/section but only because I was bullied by a nurse who told me my son was going to be too big and that they would have to use forceps and he would most likely be retarded and also that I would never be the same down there again, that's exactly what she said can you believe it :shock: . Anyways it was my first baby so she scared me to death, BTW my son was only 8.10


    wow...a mean nurse scared me too after my C-section when she was removing the staples...she said that they were taking them out too early but she had to do it because the doctor ordered it ...but my incision would likely bust open and I'd be in a world of pain.

    really nice, huh?

    :shock: OMG I'm so sorry you had to go through that, both of these nurses should lose their licenses
  • RainRain Posts: 217Registered Users
    I had a c-section because I had to. I'd been in preterm labor for a week. The meds they gave me to halt the labor weren't working. I was having huge contractions. Finally, my water broke and they decided to let the labor progress but it wasn't going anywhere. My contractions got stronger but my cervix only dilated to something like 2.5cm. Pitocyn did nothing. My baby's head was getting bruised from getting slammed into my pelvis and she needed to come out.

    I was told I can't give birth naturally by one doctor. When I had my second baby, I decided to go with that and have another c-section without questioning it. One other doctor told me relatively late into the pregnancy that he didn't agree with the first but I was not interested in finding out if he was right at that point. Both pregnancies were similar but I went into preterm contractions (not full-blown labor with that one) even earlier with the second baby. I wasn't going to be in labor for another week.

    If I was going to have more kids, I might have been interested in trying the vaginal route but I wasn't. I knew my second would be my last and I didn't want another miserable birth experience.
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  • SigiSigi Posts: 2,379Registered Users
    My first baby was found to be breech when they were trying to put the internal monitor on his head and it wasn't there. I was 6 or 7 cm dilated so I had to have a cstction. I tried to have a VBAC for my second kid, but he was in distress so I had to have another one. If I have a third child, I will not attempt a vaginal delivery again.
  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users
    I can't believe someone would have an elective c-section... :? :roll:
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  • CynaminbearCynaminbear Posts: 4,476Registered Users
    I couldn't answer yes to both poll questions.
    My first was an 'emergency' after he went into distress due to a prolonged labor and his head was stuck on my pelvic bone. The doctor was trying to protect my health and the nurses contradicted her the minute she walked out the door.
    With #2 & 3 I opted for the section. The second one would have been necessary, anyway, as her shoulder was presented.
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  • MeghuneyMeghuney Posts: 4,263Registered Users
    I can't believe someone would have an elective c-section... :? :roll:

    HA! I asked for one. At the beginning of labor, I asked for one nicely. 12 hours into labor, I cried and cried for one. At about 20 hours into labor, I was shouting, cursing and demanding one. About 4 hours after that, when they finally accepted the fact that Tyson had not even DROPPED and I was obviously not getting past 2 centimeters dialation, they finally agreed. :twisted:
  • munchkinmunchkin Posts: 2,909Registered Users
    My niece just had one last week. The baby was 9 lbs 5 ozs. They were afraid he was too big and they might have to break his collarbone. . . or something like that. They decided rather than have her go through labor for hours and have to do a c-section anyways just to go ahead and schedule it. She said the dr commented several times as my great nephew was born that his head was very big and they were glad they didn't try a vaginal birth. My poor niece thought she had this badly proportioned baby with a big head and little body (kind of like those martian pictures). Not the case. He is beautiful and beautifully proportioned. They took him to pediatrician Saturday for his first visit and there was another newborn who only weighed about 5 lbs. My niece said when she saw how little that baby's head was compared to hers she was thankful they did a c-section.
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  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users
    munchkin wrote:
    My niece just had one last week. The baby was 9 lbs 5 ozs. They were afraid he was too big and they might have to break his collarbone. . . or something like that. They decided rather than have her go through labor for hours and have to do a c-section anyways just to go ahead and schedule it. She said the dr commented several times as my great nephew was born that his head was very big and they were glad they didn't try a vaginal birth. My poor niece thought she had this badly proportioned baby with a big head and little body (kind of like those martian pictures). Not the case. He is beautiful and beautifully proportioned. They took him to pediatrician Saturday for his first visit and there was another newborn who only weighed about 5 lbs. My niece said when she saw how little that baby's head was compared to hers she was thankful they did a c-section.
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    I hear that!
    
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  • ~915~~915~ Posts: 519Registered Users
    I have a lot of strong opinions on c-sections. The area in which I live has one of the highest c-section rates in the country, according to my lamaze instructor. In a nutshell, the art of giving birth is no longer passed down from woman to woman. There aren't midwives like there used to be. Birth is now considered a medical procedure and is handled mostly by men.

    I did it the old-fashioned way and I still have a flat tummy (when I stand up :lol: ), I healed within weeks (no tearing or episiotomy) and I am definitely very close to being the same down there. Obviously, with the tummy, I had genetics on my side, but I know that the weight loss came from the breast-feeding. I also watched my sugar intake at the end of the pregnancy so that my child turned out 7.6 lbs, which is manageable.

    It's my understanding from the women that I know personally who've had c-sections that the scar tissue prevents the tummy from going flat again. The c-sections that I know are all a little chubby in general because of the old story of their milk not coming in (because of the c-section) and needing to bottle feed on top of it all.

    I know that some women need c-sections for medical reasons, but every woman I know had a medical reason. They all have some long story explaining why. It just makes me wonder what's up.
  • M2LRM2LR Posts: 8,630Registered Users
    Well, both apply to me.

    First baby: Boy that was close to 9 pounds and 22 inches. He was breech, head wedged under my rib cage, and he was born with congential muscular torticollis and needed physical therapy until 6 months old.

    Second baby: Had a previous c-section and scheduling the second one was just easier. I also couldn't be induced due to the previous c-section and didn't feel like sitting waiting for labor, when I was all ready carrying a big baby. She was born about three weeks berfore her brother and was the exact same size as he was...I didn't feel like waiting and having a 9 or 10 pounder.
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  • loosecurlsloosecurls Posts: 637Registered Users
    I can't believe someone would have an elective c-section... :? :roll:

    I plan on it if we have another baby that is measuring large like Betsy. Generally 2nd & 3rd babies are larger than the 1st so that would put me at having a 12 or 13 lb baby. Sorry but no thank you! Judge all you want!
    Slinky's rule for NC.com:

    I suppose I can't judge you because you married a serviceman and it is wartime. Boo hoo. You must be loney sitting at home with nothing else to do but pick on people. Why don't you go masterbate again?
  • MipMip Posts: 233Registered Users
    loosecurls wrote:
    I can't believe someone would have an elective c-section... :? :roll:

    I plan on it if we have another baby that is measuring large like Betsy. Generally 2nd & 3rd babies are larger than the 1st so that would put me at having a 12 or 13 lb baby. Sorry but no thank you! Judge all you want!

    Wimp.

    :lol:
  • MeghuneyMeghuney Posts: 4,263Registered Users
    You changed your name. LMAO!! :lol:
  • MipMip Posts: 233Registered Users
    Meghuney wrote:
    You changed your name. LMAO!! :lol:

    :twisted:
  • Dee CurlzDee Curlz Posts: 123Registered Users
    Sorry about the poll girls! It's my first one and I had a "no" option, I really did!
  • ~915~~915~ Posts: 519Registered Users
    loosecurls wrote:
    I can't believe someone would have an elective c-section... :? :roll:

    I plan on it if we have another baby that is measuring large like Betsy. Generally 2nd & 3rd babies are larger than the 1st so that would put me at having a 12 or 13 lb baby. Sorry but no thank you! Judge all you want!

    12 or 13 lb babies are a necessary c-section in my opinion. I wouldn't begrudge you a c-section. Did you or do you have diabetes?
  • iris427iris427 Posts: 6,002Registered Users
    I have a lot of strong opinions on c-sections. The area in which I live has one of the highest c-section rates in the country, according to my lamaze instructor. In a nutshell, the art of giving birth is no longer passed down from woman to woman. There aren't midwives like there used to be. Birth is now considered a medical procedure and is handled mostly by men.

    I did it the old-fashioned way and I still have a flat tummy (when I stand up :lol: ), I healed within weeks (no tearing or episiotomy) and I am definitely very close to being the same down there. Obviously, with the tummy, I had genetics on my side, but I know that the weight loss came from the breast-feeding. I also watched my sugar intake at the end of the pregnancy so that my child turned out 7.6 lbs, which is manageable.

    It's my understanding from the women that I know personally who've had c-sections that the scar tissue prevents the tummy from going flat again. The c-sections that I know are all a little chubby in general because of the old story of their milk not coming in (because of the c-section) and needing to bottle feed on top of it all.

    I know that some women need c-sections for medical reasons, but every woman I know had a medical reason. They all have some long story explaining why. It just makes me wonder what's up.

    ITA here. There is something fishy going on with all these C-sections. To answer the OP's question, yes they are on the rise. In 2004 the US rate was 29.1 % of all births!!! Even taking into account the rise in elective c-sections, I find it impossible to believe so many women could not give birth without surgery. Women's bodies were made to give birth and babies were made to be born.

    Doctors today are very worried about being sued which is why most say c-section at the first sign that labor isn't progressing exactly the way some text book says it should.
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