Healthy Living: C-section delivery linked to childhood obesity
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Mother-to-be, Kristie Singer said, “I read every research article, every baby center article, every online article I can get.”
Kristie Singer said she's ready for motherhood.
“I think it's really good to be informed, especially with your first baby. You are very excited, you're very nervous, it's good to be well informed,” said Singer.
She's seven months pregnant with her first child, and she's hoping she won't have to have a c-section.
“For me it's about the health of the newborn as well as my recovery time,” said Singer.
A new study suggests that vaginal deliveries may be best for the baby's long term and short term health. The report says mothers who deliver via c-section could add to the country's growing childhood obesity epidemic.
OBGYN, Dr. Mark Bland said, “You are just looking at every stage of life to try and figure out where is this coming from.”
The study suggests that bacteria from the abdomen could contribute to an above average weight by the time is 3-years-old.
Dr. Bland said, “It makes us look at where can we find another issue with obesity. What's the cause?”
Doctors said there are few elective c-sections. In fact, only about 30 percent of all births are c-section births. And when it comes to the study, some women say they wouldn't have a change of heart because of obesity risks.
“I think I will be more concerned about other risk factors like genetics, lifestyle modifications more so than a C-Section,” said Singer.