Pregnancy After C Section
Most women are told by their mothers and mothers-in-law that they should not have more than 3 c-sections and they should wait for at least one year before becoming pregnant again. There is some truth to this traditional advice because many obstetricians will tell you the same thing.
A c-section is a major surgery which involves making an incision in the abdomen and then in the uterus to deliver the child. Usually the incision in the uterus is made horizontally in the lower part of the uterus. This type of incision invariably heals well in a healthy woman and it is believed that the entire healing process takes approximately 3 months from the time the incision is made.
Several studies conducted show that the c-section scar on the uterus continues to grow stronger with time and if women wait for at least a year to get pregnant after the c-section, there will be fewer problems. This is especially true for women who want to deliver their next baby by means of vaginal birth after c-section also known as VBAC. It has been proven that the risk of the c-section scar rupturing decreases with time and that is why pregnancy after c-section should be put off for at least a year so that your scar in the uterus is given sufficient time to heal.
If there is gap of less than two months between two pregnancies after a c-section, the risk of the scar rupturing is significantly higher. There are also other risks involved if pregnancy after c-section happens too soon. There could be problems associated with the placenta. There is a possibility of the placenta separating from the uterus wall prematurely if the pregnancy after c-section happens within the year of a cesarean.
Although the findings of the scar rupturing sound alarming, the risk of a rupture is very small. This means that most pregnancies after c-section have hardly any problems if the women are attempting VBAC. But keeping a larger age gap between babies has its own benefits whether you are dealing with pregnancy after c-section or not.
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