Having multiple C-Sections means multiple abdominal surgeries that can put both mother and baby at risk.
But how many C-Sections is too many?
That’s a tough question when you consider there are moms who deliver three, four, five, even as many as eight babies via C-Section.
Even though many women have multiple C-Sections successfully not every woman does, and if you want a big family it’s important to know what the risks are of having multiple C-Sections versus having only one?
The risks vary for each woman. Your body chemistry, age, weight, your overall health, even your genes can play a part in how many C-Sections are too many for you.
The basic problem with having even one C-Section is that it is abdominal surgery. No surgery is good for your body, much less several surgeries and the C-Section risks in general can be numerous.
To help minimize these risks as much as possible, doctors recommend a woman have no more than three c-sections, but as we all know many women go on to have several. Fortunately many of these women have done fine and will even boast the fact. However, each time they undergo another surgery they put themselves and their babies at greater risk.
Today many women avoid having multiple c-sections by having a VBAC or Vaginal birth after A C-Section. VBAC’s are slowly becoming more accepted by doctors and VBAC support is growing, especially for women who have had only one previous C-Section, which is great news for moms who really do NOT want more surgery. But note that your chances of a successful VBAC lessen with every C-Section you have.
What Are The Risks Of Having Multiple C-Sections?
- Uterine rupture due to a ‘thin uterus’
- Post-delivery hysterectomy
- Blood transfusions
- Placental problems such Placenta Accreta and Placenta Previa.
- Abdominal Adhesions
Each subsequent C-Section will take a little longer to perform than the last one due to the internal scar tissue and adhesions that result from the previous C-Section. In some cases the amount of scar tissue can become problematic for a doctor and s(he) may recommend you avoid future pregnancies or perhaps recommend a tubal ligation. But for many women this is not an acceptable solution, especially if they’re planning for a large family.
If having more children is in your plan but you’ve already had 3 C-Sections or more, give your body sufficient time to heal between C-Sections, the suggested waiting time is a minimum of two years, that’s 2 years from the time of your last C-Section to your next expected delivery. Having C-Section surgeries too close together increases the risk of uterine rupture, so the longer your internal incision can heal the better.
I’d also suggest checking with your doctor on using methods that can prevent c-section adhesions and scar tissue. These can be problematic in the future for women who have had several surgeries.
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