Induced labor may double odds of needing C-section

June 22, 2010 9:45:23 AM PDT
Inducing labor may double the odds that a pregnant woman will need a cesarean section.

The risk of C-sections is highest in first-time mothers, according to a new study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Researchers point out, when first-time moms have a C-section, they often have repeat cesareans with future pregnancies.

While cesarean section is a generally safe procedure, it requires a longer recovery time than vaginal birth. C-sections also present certain risks, such as blood clots, infection and breathing problems in the baby.


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