The c-section risks are never-ending

Seriously, I feel like every day I learn another effect of cesarean sections. This damn thing is going to haunt me the rest of my life, I’m sure of it. Some are absolutely awful (fertility issues) and some are not AS bad, but either way–I will always feel that the effects are my fault. If I miscarry, if I can’t get pregnant, if Ryan has allergies or anything else. My fault.

Which brings me to the side effect I learned about today…. celiac disease in children. Data from almost 2,000 children was analyzed for a recent study. They looked at celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and other gastrointestinal diseases. They found that children born by c-section were 80% more likely to have celiac disease than children born normally. There was no association found with the other diseases. Celiac disease causes a reaction to gluten, which can damage the lining of the small intestine.

Why? Possibly because children born by c-section don’t pick up those extra microbes obtained by passing through the birth canal–those good microbes that help ward off pathogens.

Celiac rates are on the rise. Hmmmm, so are c-section rates. I know correlation doesn’t mean causation, but it makes you think. I came across this article because someone on my ICAN email list posted it. She got a few responses from other ICAN members who mentioned their c-section babies had gluten issues/celiac disease.

Anyone out there have experience with this????? I’d love to hear personal stories. Even though it all makes me flipping sick. I feel like I need to send all these articles to the OB who cut me open because when I asked her the risks of my c-section, she said “general risks of surgery.” PERIOD. There was NO mention of infections, incontinence, infertility, rupture, blood loss, LONG-TERM risks. NOTHING. Effing disgrace to women. (but if Ryan is affected….. it’s still my fault).

16 comments to The c-section risks are never-ending

  • I think you can mitigate some of the risk by taking probiotics and even giving them to the baby. Or even better, eating probiotic rich foods.


  • Oh, and don’t forget, your water was broken, so your baby picked up a substantial amount of your microbes in the hours before he was born. The greater risk is for a scheduled c-section because everything is sterile for the surgery.


  • Ohhhh thank you, that makes me feel a lot better. just frustrated today – this scar is going to follow me the rest of my life.


  • Well maybe one day when you have studied all these things, you can make short “Why fight like hell to avoid a c-section” page/post something that can be forwarded and linked like crazy to expecting moms! At least you can help get the word out!


  • A.

    Yeah. I just read an article that says exactly what Crunchy Nurse said. Your water had broke (I believe?) and you had gone into labour, so Ryan picked up a lot of your microbes before he was born. It’s more of a risk for scheduled c-sections.


  • MMM. Nice. I guess I better go ahead and research celiac disease and get prepared since Austin’s grandmother has it too. In the family and csection. I’m thrilled…

    Sorry you’re going through this. In all honesty I don’t read your posts about things you learn about csections because I don’t want to know. In no way shape or form do I think your CS was your fault, but our situations were different and I couldn’t escape one. I wasn’t in labor, I didn’t have any choice at all. But may be I should start reading up because obviously there are things I need to prepare for.

    *hugs* I’m sorry the system effed you over so bad and I pray that you escape every side effect!

    And I’m pissed your doctor (and mine) didn’t tell me all these risks as well…


  • hippie4ever

    You have to stop blaming yourself for something that was out of your control. You did what you thought was best for Ryan, based on your knowledge at the time! I haven’t read all your posts about your physician so I’ll just say I hope he/she did what they thought was best at the time.

    If it makes you feel any better, I have Celiac and I was born vaginally and was breastfed.

    Don’t be so hard on yourself 🙂


  • Wikas

    The grass is suddenly greener 🙂 As a mother who gave birth naturally, I hated doing so because (a) my plumbing is forever ruined and (b) I can no longer hold my pee no MATTER how many kegel exercises I do. You’ve just shined a bright light in my daily torment knowing I did best for my child.


  • Emily, I love you, but you need to never say the words “but if Ryan gets (insert awful disease/condition/etc), it’s my fault” again. Just stop saying them. Whatever happens to Ryan is NOT your fault or even necessarily because of how he was born. A stressed and guilty-feeling mama isn’t good for baby, so try to stop focusing on the negatives. You could totally have to pee all the time like the commenter above me and man does that sound awful!! She’s right, the grass is always greener. And for the record, your grass is super-green – happy baby and husband + Em = happy, wonderful life 🙂


  • FutureMama

    I have to ditto what Kristin said.

    My husband says “you’re too blessed to be stressed” and reminds me to count my blessings. And for some people, the risks of not getting a csection outweigh the risks of getting one.

    I’m sure I could go back and blame a lot of my issues on my mom and how she raised me 😉 but really… I doubt many would lead back to my birth.

    I’m not saying you’re doing this but sometimes I think if we focused more on how we could be better going forward vs focusing on “mistakes” of the past, or what “could possibly, maybe one day happen” because of a choice, we’d be much better off.

    *hugs* though Em!! You are a great mom. And even if you think your csec was a bad, I’m sure you’ve already more than made up for that in the good things you’ve done for Ryan!!


  • Allie

    I also enjoy that when they say the general risks of surgery you’re just supposed to know them. The only general risk I know of is death. ( I mean before when my butcher was giving me “informed” consent!)

    I do agree with the water break/ microbe thing. I mean I wont know with Emmie for a few more months but I am hoping she does better than Landon. This kids has allergies and TERRIBLE eczema. And although eczema is caused by sections I truly believe that his allergies( I dont know them all yet) cause is eczema, Catch 22!

    And I play the blame game all the time. Its so hard not to. Especially when it was a terribly traumatic. I feel your pain mama! =/


  • One thing that I think is important to mention is that more likely than not, the rise in celiac diagnosis actually has to do with the improved blood test, which is leading to those with “silent celiac” being diagnosed. My husband is one of those. His only symptoms of celiac were severe anemia and severe B12 deficiency. In the past, people like him would never have been diagnosed and as it is, he went untreated for years and has had a complication as a result of that. Previously the only people getting diagnosed were those with the traditional symptoms: stomach cramps, diarrhea, etc.

    So, not trying to discount that c-sections have anything to do with it, not at all, but I just wanted to point out that whenever a disease is being diagnosed more often we should first consider any improvements in diagnostic tools or new definition of the disease before worrying/concluding that the disease itself is on the rise.

    Aside from that, I can relate to your pain over the c-section. Our stories and reasons for having one are all different, but the pain is real. Yah it’s important that our child came safely, but that can’t discount the very real pain and scars that are left behind for us to deal with.


  • Guys, if you haven’t had a cesarean, whether necessary or not, you don’t know the guilt that comes with it. You had to have your child through an incision in your abdomen. And if it is an unnecessary cesarean like what baby dickey had, it makes it harder knowing that maybe you could have fought harder, or maybe if you had done this the results would be different.

    Yes, her baby is healthy. That is GREAT! But stop discounting her guilt and anger over her surgery just because of that.

    The scars from a cesarean are more than just the skin deep ones. And even that is hard to live with. You forever are scarred, on your skin and mentally and emotionally.

    She is doing incredible with hers. But unless you have been there, stop telling her that she needs to quit. Just let it be. She is doing an incredible job, but stop telling her to get over it. Just stop.


  • My csection scar haunts me too. I had a horrible one. Got to 10 cm and baby was posterier dr was an idiot and called emergency csection. They cut me open before asking or testing to see if I was numb ( my epidural had been turned off 2 hours before so of course I wasn’t numb, i was in full blown crying screaming labor!) I screamed when they cut me and they put me out. Due to the medication, my son was born blue with an apgar of FOUR.

    My birth experience is one that I will never forget, for sure. It sucked and I hated it.

    All the risks of csections are just outrageous. I always tell anyone who will listen (even if they don’t want to) about the risks of inductions and csections.

    We had been trying to conceive for 1 year and I have sharp pain and I’m always scared my csection affected my fertility.


  • hippie4ever

    Baby Dickey and anyone else who read my post and may have been offended, I am truely sorry. I did not mean to discount your pain. And I know all mother’s carry guilt. Why? I don’t know. But we do. And this is one more to beat yourself with. You’re a great mom who loves her child and I hate to see you so angry with yourself on something that can’t be changed. But feel free to vent…we’re hear to listen 🙂

    Oh and Wikas you have GOT to read this:


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