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Caesarean Babies More Obese

April 25, 2013

A recent study examined the effect Caesarean section delivery has on the weight of babies as they grow up. The researchers found that “at age 3, 15.7% of children delivered by caesarean section were obese compared with 7.5% of children born vaginally.”

These results equate to children born by Caesarean section being twice as likely to become obese as those born vaginally. This increased obesity risk is in addition to other risks including that of viral infections. Earlier research found that “elective caesareans or delivery without labour may result in impaired immunity in the newborn leading to increased risk of early viral lower respiratory infections.”

It is clearly important to review the available research before you make a decision to have a Caesarean section.

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