Turns Out, Delivery Is Less Stressful Than Pregnancy Photo: Christine VanCleaver
C-section or vaginal delivery: Which puts you at higher risk for emotional stress postpartum? Well, in a recent study, researchers found it was neither. The study, published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, evaluated data on over 55,000 Norwegian women -- the data included their results on emotional distress tests before and after their babies' births and the way they delivered.
The researchers compared the moms' stress levels post-birth and found that they were likely to have similar levels whether they delivered vaginally, by emergency c-section or by scheduled c-section. What was more likely to predict their emotional distress was if they'd had distress during pregnancy, too. So while this isn't so great news for moms-to-be who are having a rough pregnancy, those of you who are freaked out about the possibility of an emergency c-section can rest a little easier.
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