C-Section Delivery Increases Risks of Childhood Obesity


My wife, Joy, and I work with many prenatal women. We certainly honor the birthing choices our clients would like however we also try to educate regarding options. Many people. including us feel the C-Section rate (over 33% in the Boston area) is a bit out of control.

C-Sections are absolutely necessary. C-sections have saved tens of thousands of lives, both baby and mother. However 1 out of every 3 births do not require a C-Section as is shown by the lower C-Section rates of Toby Hospital in Wareham and the Mt Auburn Midwives.   An emergency procedure has turned into almost a standard of care <a href=”http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/17796664/ns/today-today_health/t/why-so-many-women-have-c-sections/#.T75eWr-zsgU” target=”_blank”>because of many factors.</a><!–more–>

C-Sections come with known side effects as they have been attributed to compromised immune systems because the baby does not get the bacteria as it passes through the birth canal. <a href=”http://adc.bmj.com/content/early/2012/05/09/archdischild-2011-301141″ target=”_blank”>Today a study was released</a> that was carried out at Children’s hospital in Boston to determine if a C-section delivery increases the risk factor for childhood obesity.

What this study concluded was that: “<a href=”http://adc.bmj.com/content/early/2012/05/09/archdischild-2011-301141″ target=”_blank”>Infants delivered by caesarean section may be at increased risk of childhood obesity.”</a>

In case you ask the study did adjust scores based on a mother’s pre-pregnancy weight as being overweight or obese increases chances of having a C-section and the risk of having an overweight or obese child.

Nature intended us to follow certain rules for a reason. It seems when we try to be smarter than nature (chemicals, GMO, C-section) there are consequences.   <a href=”http://acupuncturenutrition.com/5-ways-to-avoid-a-c-section/” target=”_blank”>Here are 5 ways to avoid a C-section</a> so you can have a better birthing experience.

Yours In Health,

George Mandler

Licensed Acupuncturist

Licensed Dietitian / Nutritionist

Certified Nutrition Specialist

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