Pregnant After C-Section

Pregnant After C-Section

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Is It Dangerous to Be Pregnant Soon After a C-Section?

  • After a properly performed C-section, the healing process is usually completed after three months.
  • Nevertheless, many physicians advise waiting a year after a Cesarean before trying for another baby.
  • Pregnancies that occur within weeks or months of a C-section, receive extra medical attention to make sure that mother and baby are safe.

This article explains what you need to know about getting pregnant and giving birth after a C-section.


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Pregnancy After a Cesarean

You probably still remember what the C-section delivery of your baby was like. Perhaps it was not even that long ago. Now you're pregnant again — and are wondering: How will this turn out? Can a previous C-section affect this pregnancy? What do I need to look out for?


When Is It "Okay" to Get Pregnant Again?

A Cesarean section is a surgery which takes a while to heal from. Many gynecologists advise waiting one year after a C-section before becoming pregnant again.

This is a broad recommendation. Fact is, it generally takes your body three months to heal from a well performed Cesarean. After six months, your body should be completely recovered. At that point, nothing is keeping you from getting pregnant again, medically speaking.

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Pregnant Again Right After a C-Section

What if you get pregnant before the three months are up? This does not automatically constitute a medical emergency for you or your child.

It is not advisable to try for another baby so soon after a C-section.  However, if you find yourself pregnant within three months of a C-section, modern medicine has made it possible for you to have a smooth pregnancy without any major complications.

The most important thing is that you receive good medical care — by a competent and empathetic gynecologist. Close supervision makes early intervention possible.


What Are the Specific Risk Factors?

A previous C-section puts you at a slightly higher risk for certain pregnancy complications in subsequent pregnancies.

The uterus could tear along its scar (uterine rupture). Placenta previa is more likely to develop. This means that the placenta, through which the baby is supplied with nutrients, is positioned in the wrong place, blocking the baby's path into the birth canal.

However, these complications are very rare.

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Delivery After C-Section

Vaginal delivery or not? This question arises with every pregnancy, especially when following one or more C-sections.


Vaginal Birth After C-Section - VBAC?!

The saying, "Once a C-section — Always a C-section" is erroneous. In most cases, vaginal deliveries can follow Cesareans without any complications. In fact, this is so common that there is even a term for it: VBAC!

The above saying originates from a time when a C-section was a much more complicated surgery. Nowadays, it has become a common procedure. Many doctors are very skilled in performing C-sections.


Risk Factors of Births After C-Sections

Any birth can lead to complications. This is also true for deliveries after C-sections. The hospital is the best place to choose for a birth after a Cesarean. Here you will receive good medical care.

There is an increased, albeit rare, risk of uterine rupture for women who have previously given birth by C-section. Should this happen, the delivery is usually completed by (emergency) C-section.

The majority of pregnancies and deliveries after cesareans proceed without complications.

ℹ️ "One scar for all": Should another C-section be necessary, you will usually not receive a second scar. The existing cesarean scar is reopened and will re-heal.



Where to Go From Here?

Your C-section delivery may not have been that long ago — which makes you wonder: Can my body handle another pregnancy at this point? Will there be any complications? Or maybe you are concerned about being pregnant in the first place, because this pregnancy was unintended.

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