A cesarean section is a surgery done to deliver a baby. There are different reasons why a cesarean section may be needed, or chosen. Speak to your OBGYN to determine whether you may need a cesarean section or if you have any concerns.
Here are some of the reasons why you may need a cesarean section:
Multiple births may end up in a cesarean, depending on weight and position. Twins may be born vaginally, but triplets or more will likely be born via cesarean section.
Gestational diabetes may lead to a large baby, in which case you may have to resort to a cesarean section.
Breech position is when the baby is positioned with its bottom down rather than its head down. While a vaginal delivery is possible in some cases, there is a decreasing number of obstetricians who are experienced in these types of births. A cesarean is performed when baby is in distress or has a cord prolapse.
Cord prolapsed is when the umbilical cord slips through the cervix and comes out before the baby is born. This condition is dangerous to baby because as the uterus contracts it causes pressure on the umbilical cord which diminishes the blood flow to the baby.
The most common fetal distress is when the baby is not getting oxygen. This type of fetal distress is detected by fetal monitoring and will lead to an emergency cesarean.
If you have active genital herpes (an outbreak of genital herpes), you will deliver by cesarean section in order to prevent the baby from being exposed to herpes when passing through the birth canal.