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View Poll Results: Were you delivered vaginally, or by Cesarean section?
By Cesarean section 33 23.57%
Vaginally 107 76.43%
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04-20-2011, 01:59 AM   #1
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Were you delivered vaginally, or by Cesarean?

I recently read a study which seems to show a relationship between delivery by Cesarean section and bowel diseases, particularly Celiac disease. The authors theorize the relationship is based on the marked observed differences in gut flora seen in the 2 groups, and that there may also be a connection between route of delivery & IBD. This may explain some part of the increase in IBD in recent years, and in "developed" countries, where Cesarean birth is much more common. A synopsis of the study is posted at I'm wondering what the background of our group here is in this regard.

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04-20-2011, 02:32 AM   #2
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Vaginal delivery, though it was extremely long and traumatic for the both of us, and ended up being delivered with forceps (don't know if that makes a difference).
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04-20-2011, 03:03 AM   #3
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Sarah and Matt had uneventful vaginal deliveries.

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04-20-2011, 05:40 AM   #4
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vaginally, but I was born very early. My mom was trying to hide the pregnancy, and I ended up being a preemie, about 2 months early. I have always wondered if that could be the reason why I have such digestive problems!
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04-20-2011, 05:42 AM   #5
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All of my kids were uneventful vaginal deliveries.
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04-20-2011, 09:32 AM   #6
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All I know is I was breech
Im not going to vote cause I don't know... BUT I was reminded quite often that I came in to this world butt first hmmm.. I see a correlation now...
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04-20-2011, 10:29 AM   #7
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All I know is I was breech
show off, you just couldnt come into the world like everyone else

I was vaginal and so where my other sibs who have IBD. But my mom had Rubella in her 3rd trimester with me...I know risky, and in Readers Digest a few years ago they say that can cause Crohns too. At least I came out normal (AND NO COMMENTS FROM THE PEANUT GALLERY)

However I am totally deaf in the one ear, and about 30% lost in the right...guess I should count my blessings I am here?
04-20-2011, 11:01 AM   #8
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so was my middle brother (not the one with crohn's)...

and Pen.. ya..think I will try to find a different claim to fame... I think lots of people are breech birth.

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04-20-2011, 11:03 AM   #9
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Wow, I swear to you I was going to post this very poll today after watching, "The Business of Birth" last night.

I was a C Section. My mother and I wouldn't be here today otherwise. I wasn't coming out
04-20-2011, 11:43 AM   #10
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I was born by ceserian at only 28wks, my mom wasnt a good incubator. Spent the next 4 months in the hospital. My ureters were deformed and I had to have surgery at 16 months which left me with a colostomy bag until I was 3. Don't know if that has anything to do with my Crohns but thought I would throw that out there.
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04-20-2011, 01:25 PM   #11
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I was born via a vaginal delivery.
04-20-2011, 02:52 PM   #12
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Ha Ha Ha Wendy!
Cos so was I, and my 2 sisters, all born breech, Mum had a terrible time, in fact my sister had to wear calipers til she was 5 cos of the forceps used on her during delivery.
Oh, neither of them have an IBD tho, just me


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04-20-2011, 03:17 PM   #13
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I came in to this world but first...
Wendy - But first WHAT?

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LOL! Couldn't resist!

BTW glad you made it

Interesting poll results.

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04-20-2011, 03:20 PM   #14
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lol...for real..there is feet first and then the double breech..butt first. I just say breech... love the tv David!
see..Joan is just as stubborn :P maybe its a British thing....
04-20-2011, 03:26 PM   #15
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My mom delivered all her babies the old fashioned way, vaginally. My brother and I are both Crohnies. One of my sister is looking like she may become a Crohnie. I delivered my baby vaginally.
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04-20-2011, 03:45 PM   #16
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Vaginal delivery. I was sick and spent a week in the hospital. They never did figure out what was wrong.
04-20-2011, 07:59 PM   #17
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The old fashioned way, I think. Never heard of my mom having a C Section. But it is too late to ask her. (She died in 1993, Dad died in 1998, so there is nobody to ask.)
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04-21-2011, 08:32 AM   #18
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Is it wrong that I giggled at the word 'vaginally'? :P

I was delivered via emergency C-section. This was because my mum had surgery for cancerous cells in her cervix , which meant that it couldn't dilate properly so the doctors knew ahead of time that I wouldn't be able to come out the normal way. Despite this , when my mum went into labour the midwife tried to make her deliver naturally , which meant my mum and I both nearly died , and the c-section went from being planned to a life or death situation for both of us. All in all a very traumatic birth.

I was put in Special Care for the first few months of my life, and was slightly premature - about a month I think? I was conceived on Valentines day (ick) and born on October 15th.
04-21-2011, 12:13 PM   #19
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I was a C-sec, as were both my kids. I was an emergency b/c my heart rate went down to zero, something about being 2 weeks late and the placenta starting not to function correctly. I was breastfeed for like 6 months or something.

Tried to have my daughter vaginally, pushed 2 1/2 hours, but she was stuck, and I've never been so relieved to hear the words "C-section" as on that day...and I wasn't going to go through that again with #2. I did breastfeed each for over a year - my daughter for almost 2 years.

I have gut issues (apparently not IBD), my daughter has chronic constipation, and my son tends toward looser bowels, but not problematic at this point.
11-06-2011, 11:05 PM   #20
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Vaginal and breach!!
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Bowel resection in 2000 and remission since then.
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11-07-2011, 05:28 AM   #21
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I was delivered by stork
Diagnosed 1989, Resection - 2000, Right Hemi colectomy - 2010

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11-07-2011, 08:36 AM   #22
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Vaginal and breach!!
So ya came out kicking first huh
11-07-2011, 02:09 PM   #23
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Vaginally, premature 4-6 wks early. And my mother smoked the whole pregnancy.
11-07-2011, 04:05 PM   #24
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I was a vaginal birth but I was a premature at 35 weeks and my esophagus "wasn't fully developed" as they told my mom. I think it was more my sphincter but I had projectile vomiting after every single bottle feed. Back then, since I was premature, they recommended bottle feeding over breast feeding. My mom said that my vomiting was like on the Exorcist movie.
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11-07-2011, 04:08 PM   #25
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i pooped in my mom right before i was born and she had to get a c-section and she got a really bad infection from the loose poop in her system/had to get an emergency surgery. i had poop problems from day 1 it seems.
11-07-2011, 04:24 PM   #26
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Mum had 5 vaginal uneventful births, I was the second. I was like some here though and stubborn, breech up until 10mins before birth, mum said when she sat on the bed it was like someone doing river dance downstairs. (sorry mum)
I had my two children vaginal, when we watch THE BIRTH DVD at the anti-natal classes I grabbed my hubby's hand and said if you think I'm giving birth on my knees like the lady in the dvd you've another thing coming, guess what after what seemed like a life time pushing I got out of the bed and gave birth on my knee's, then baby number 2 and I knew exactly what I had to do, midwife wouldn't let me out of bed even though I explained when I arrived that I wanted to do it that way, she held me down and wouldn't let me off the bed but I got this super strength and jumped out onto the floor and gave birth in 4mins!!!
11-07-2011, 05:21 PM   #27
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11-07-2011, 09:17 PM   #28
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Twin brother and I both born 2 1/2 months early emergency c-section. Both of us have crohn's and both adopted. He weighed 2 lbs and 12oz and I weighed 2 lbs and 14 oz! Boy have we come a long way baby!
11-08-2011, 02:28 AM   #29
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Vaginally, full term, uneventfull birth, uneventfull pregnancy and I was born one or two days shy of my due date. I have twin brothers born vaginally one week before their due date. I am the only one with Crohns in my family, close and extended.
11-08-2011, 03:28 AM   #30
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vaginally, at 2:17pm. about two weeks early...17 hours of labor...but still early. and my dad got squirted with blood when he cut the umbilical cord. had to make him feel special, too.
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