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Gettyimages.com/Pregnant African American mother holding stomach in hospital

It’s very possible that one of the first things you thought about when you found out you were pregnant, or even when you and your partner were simply talking about conceiving, were those awful delivery scenes in movies. You know the ones—the women are screaming obscenities at their husbands and holding their hands so hard that they crush the bones. People start getting in arguments in the waiting room and family secrets come out…! But that may not be in your future (okay, I don’t know about the family secrets part) if your doctor determines you’re best-suited for a cesarean section. Though far more intrusive and actually rather serious procedures, they aren’t nearly as chaotic as vaginal delivery. It’s no wonder many women opt for one, whether or not their doctor recommends one. So, are you a candidate for a c section? Here are some reasons you could be.

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An umbilical cord prolapse

If the umbilical cord begins to exit the cervix before the baby does, this could put too much pressure on the cord, making it difficult for the baby to receive enough oxygen during a vaginal birth.

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