it's a bit silly to hang one's hat on the future strength of an individual's immune system just on their delivery.
I'm sure there's plenty of c sect bubs that grew up robust and rarely fell ill. likewise I'm sure there's lots of vaginal delivery babies who constantly get sick.
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It's not a big enough deal to risk harming a baby by insisting on having a natural delivery at all costs. But if there is evidence that you can do things to improve gut health why wouldn't you?
Gut health is about more than just being sick. It's linked to so many other issues with children as well (such as anxiety).
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I've had 4 Caesarians and am trying to get on top of gut health as I feel it's a massive huge problem for my second. Funnily enough she was my easiest Caesarian and quickest recovery. Yet I think her gut health is terrible.
No one is saying not to have a Caesarian. All the writings are saying is there may be things we can do immediately after the birth to help gut health. I wish I'd known about it when I'd had mine.
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It is an interesting area. I had an elective c section with my first child and a failed vbac with my second. I was in labour for 37 hours with my second and thought that surely that would be plenty of time in the birth canal for him to gain positive gut bacteria. My second child has autoimmune and allergy issues and my first child has no issues. With research such as this:
I wonder if I should have just had an elective c section second time around instead of putting my baby through the stress of labour and the link to an increased inflammatory immune response. He has coeliac disease and ulcerative colitis. Obviously it is a very new area of research.
15-03-2016 12:46 #20
You would just need to be VERY careful you don't hand on any STDs to the baby. Herpes is incredibly dangerous in newborns. Also I can't remember what they swab you for at the end, but often CS ladies miss the swab as the baby isn't going through the birth canal. But seeding would still introduce that to the baby which is bad for them.
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