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Babies born by C-section benefit from experiencing labor, too.

Babies born by C-section benefit from experiencing labor, too.

A new study out of Sweden has shown that not all babies born by C-section are created equal. We’ve known for a while that babies who are born via this surgery have higher rates of asthma, obesity, and some other issues than babies born vaginally, but this study has now shown that when babies are born by C-section after their moms have labored (that is, they needed a C-section after labor stalled out or there was an emergency where a quick delivery was recommended) do better than when moms have a scheduled C-section where no labor occurs. We aren’t exactly sure why, but it’s probably a combination of two things: labor causes lots of hormonal changes that affect baby too and probably “prep” him or her for life on the outside, and also going through labor helps a baby become exposed to his moms bacteria, which also helps his immune system get up and running. Either way, this is another reason why choosing a C-section to avoid labor isn’t recommended, but certainly they can be life-saving when needed! You can read more here: http://nyti.ms/1QmHeiw

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