Multiple C-Sections or multiple abdominal surgeries can put both mom and baby at risk.
One C-Section isn’t terribly risky, even two C-Sections is tolerable but how many C-Sections is too many?
That’s a tough question when you consider there are moms who have had three, four, five, even as many as eight C-Sections.
Even though many women have multiple C-Sections not every woman escapes the complications of having multiple abdominal surgeries.
Let’s look at those risks and complications a little closer.
If you frequent the many online forums that talk about having multiple C-Sections you’ll find that many women do fine, while others experience complications.
It’s difficult to predict how safe having multiple C-Sections is for each women. Your body chemistry, age, weight, your overall health, even your genes can play a part in how well your body does with each subsequent C-Section surgery.
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, not to mention the C-Section risks in general can be numerous.
To help minimize these risks as much as possible, doctors recommend on average that 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.
The bad news is that your chances of a successful, safe VBAC lessen with every C-Section you have.
What Are The Risks Of Having Multiple C-Sections?
The risks for multiple C-Sections are several:
- Weakened Uterine wall that can lead to uterine rupture.
- Possible Bladder injuries
- Heavy bleeding or 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 your doctor may recommend you avoid future pregnancies or perhaps recommend a tubal ligation.
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 2 or more C-Sections, give your body sufficient time to heal between surgeries. Preferably 20-24 months. That’s 20-24 months 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.
As another precaution, check with your doctor on using methods that can help prevent c-section adhesions and scar tissue. Adhesions can be problematic in the future for women who have had multiple C-Section deliveries.
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