Pregnant women tend to be emotional and very much concerned about every step and decision that has to do with them and their baby. One of the important things they have to decide on is whether they will have a caesarean section or not. Recent studies link the medical procedure to the risk of obesity for the baby.
The new report informs that children who are born through C-section are 15% more likely to become obese later in life than children whose mothers choose to give birth naturally. The authors of the report also noted that people born through C-section could develop weight body problems in childhood, as teens, or during adulthood.
Doctors advise pregnant women to choose caesarean section only if there are medical issues which require the procedure. Otherwise, the risk for their babies to be obese doubles. There are thirty percent chances for them of becoming obese before reaching the age of thirty.
The findings of the study are based on the health status of volunteers. Specialists have been monitoring both mothers and their children for years, and now they can reveal the results. In addition to this, women also have to bear in mind that a caesarean section is not an easy procedure for them. However, neither is giving birth naturally.
Other previous studies have also documented the adverse effects that cesarean section has on babies. According to them, the procedure exposes babies to higher chances of developing weight problems when they grow up. The authors of these studies discovered that there are approximately twenty-two percent chances of that to happen. This percentage actually shows a diminished rate, as the initial trial pointed out a risk of thirty percent.
Researchers were able to study families where one of the siblings was delivered naturally, while the other was delivered via caesarean section. When drawing a parallel between the two, scientists observed the same result, namely that the baby who was born naturally had a better health status.
Researchers also highlighted the fact that if women have a C-section, and they deliver their next baby naturally, the second baby faces a much smaller risk of being obese. The reports show that there are at least thirty-one percent chances for the second baby not to develop body weight problems.
Being able to compare sibling makes the difference between this study and previous ones, approaching the same subject. The scientists who conducted the study are aware of their improvement.
You can find more details on the connection between caesarean section and obese children in JAMA Pediatrics.
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