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Most deliveries proceed normally and without complications. However, some births do have risks that can put mother and baby at risk.
On our site we tell you what they are the most common risks during natural childbirth that can lead the specialist to perform a cesarean section.
- Contractions with little intensity: sometimes they do not have the frequency or duration that is needed for labor to progress satisfactorily. When the pregnant woman does not finish dilating and after 14 hours of labor in primiparous women and 9 in multiparous women, specialists usually choose to administer oxytocin to accelerate contractions or to perform a cesarean section.
- Mother's age: Pregnancy over 40 is already considered risky and, by extension, the birth of the baby to women of this age or higher is also risky.
- Multiple birth: Twin or twin pregnancy is already considered risky, it can happen that labor is advanced, that a growth retardation is observed in the babies or abnormalities in the amniotic fluid, reasons that can lead to a cesarean section.
- Narrow pelvis: the baby's head has to go through the birth canal, if this is not achieved due to the size of the birth canal or the baby's head, obstetricians may perform a cesarean section.
- Shoulder dystocia: If the baby's head comes out but the shoulders are trapped in the pelvis, a risky situation occurs that requires a cesarean section.
- Baby position: Ideally, the baby's head should be the first thing to go through the pelvis, but occasionally it may be turned and in a breech position.
- Lace loop: it can cause a loss of oxygen to the baby which is one of the common risks during natural childbirth.
- Presence of meconium in amniotic fluid: if stool is present in the amniotic fluid, the baby may aspirate it, in which case it will need immediate attention.
- Preterm delivery: in case the bag ruptures before the 37th week of gestation.
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