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How a C-sec affects your Baby’s Brain Development

How a C-sec affects your Baby’s Brain Development

by: Dr. (Maj) Manish Mannan
HOD Paediatrics & Neonatology

Birth by cesarean can pose several challenges for a baby. If we compare vaginally born babies with babies born by cesarean, the latter are at risk of developing health complications. Breathing problems are more likely if baby is the baby is premature and if was born by caesarean. Such health issues can also develop if the baby  was born by a caesarean before the labour started, particularly before 39 weeks of pregnancy. With a scheduled cesarean, babies are more likely to be born preterm, before the lungs have fully developed. Respiratory complications can be serious enough to get admitted to a nursery.

Some affects on babies that are delivered through a c-section (Cesarean) :

  • Less skin to skin contact with mother:With a cesarean, mothers and babies are less likely to have skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth. Skin to skin contacts have several benefits soon after birth.
  • Accidentally babies can get hurt during the surgery: Sometimes accidentally the babies get nicked with the doctor’s scalpel, but this usually heals without causing any harm.
  • NICU care may be required: Babies born by cesarean are more likely to need a stay in the neonatal care unit than babies born vaginally.
  • Breathing problems are possible: Also they are at a greater risk of developing asthma.
  • Breastfeeding initiation can be affected: A cesarean birth makes it more difficult for mothers to initiate and establish breastfeeding. The use of medications during labor and cesarean birth can have a negative effect on breastfeeding, so does the separation of mother and baby after birth and during the hospital stay.
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