9. The Rate of C-Sections to Natural Births is Rising

Sadly, the rate of c-sections to natural births is at an all-time high, almost world-wide, and rising. In China, 46 percent of all births are done via c-section, and over a quarter of that number are instances of elective c-sections. In the United States, 31 percent of births are c-sections. For many women who choose to give birth with a c-section, they are misinformed that it's less dangerous than natural birth (which simply isn't true,) while others don't want to damage their vagina with a natural birth. The truth is, however, that less damage is done to your body and the body of your baby when you opt for a natural birth instead.

C-sections are, in fact, major abdominal surgery, and that that surgery, there are risks. Studies have shown that the risk of respiratory problems for your baby is higher with a c-section than with a natural birth. Midwives and a few doctors are working to get the word out about the benefits of natural birth in the hopes of showing women that their bodies are naturally equipped to handle childbirth and that they can do it without the interference of medical practices and drugs.

I find facts like these to be very interesting, especially since I, myself, am pregnant. 9 facts for the nine months you're pregnant makes your pregnancy a little more interesting, right? What do you think? Did you like them? Do you have any crazy facts to share? Please, feel free to comment below! We love to hear from our readers.

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