Study: Cesarean delivery associated with higher risk of maternal death

June 11, 2019 11:40 AM

A new study shows cesarean delivery - also known as a C-section - is associated with a higher risk of maternal death. That's especially true for mothers over the age of 35.

The study finds a difference between why the C-section was done.  If it was needed because of a situation that developed during labor and delivery, those women had better outcomes than women who had planned C-sections. Also, the risks for certain complications increase as women reach their late 30s.
Of course, age is just a number and a woman's overall health and how she takes care of herself are the key factors for a healthy pregnancy.

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"Getting in good shape before pregnancy, exercise, changing your diet, losing weight if you need to - all those things are helpful and they're helpful in reducing pregnancy complications, and thus probably reducing the likelihood that you're going to need to have a cesarean section," said Dr. Jeffrey Chapa, with Cleveland Clinic.
Doctors stress - don't be scared of a necessary C-section based on this study. Often times, women who have planned C-sections make that plan because of other, underlying health issues, which already put them at higher risk.


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