I'm inclined to take it with a pinch of salt anyway, my son was born at 29 weeks and he doesn't have learning difficulties, he's going to uni next year and throughout school he was always in the top set, so I'm not going to let it worry me. That said though I hadn't realised that it was normal practice for caesarian sections to be performed before due date and perhaps they should be reviewing that and at least wait till 40+ weeks. I think if baby comes naturally from 37 weeks, then in that instance baby will be fine and ready
I agree that the article itself is questionable as it didnt compare babies that came naturally at 39 weeks with babies that came naturally at 40 weeks (probaby no difference) or babies that were sectioned at 39 weeks vs. 40 weeks. The fact is there are a small number of babies that are struggling and need to be born by C-Section early and those sections are scheduled for 39 weeks and those babies are more likely to have problems (despite when and how they were born) and make all section babies or 39 weekers look behind 40 week babies.
I'm not paying attention to the Daily Mail article. There are a lot of scare mongering news paper articles and I see that as one of them. My niece was a planned c-section so was early and she is doing well at school. My son was 13 days late and is lazy at school and in the early days of school needed extra help. He has caught up well and is an intelligent boy, just lazy!
Just a little proof to the contrary.
These stats don't tell us much about when our labor will start: They don't separate spontaneous births from induced/early sections etc. For people with gestational diabetes or problems with the placenta, for instance, they might induce/do a section at 39 weeks (or earlier) - and those conditions might be the cause of problems later on, not the fact that they were born at 39 weeks...but the study they refer to doesn't distinguish that. Really quite useless scaremongering.
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