Pregnancy and childbirth is a life-changing experience for all the women. A woman undergoes various struggles to welcome her little angel into this world. The childbirth usually happens in two ways - smooth, normal vaginal delivery and a surgical C-section.
A cesarean or a C-section is a process where the baby is delivered by a surgical incision in mother's stomach and uterus. In some cases, a cesarean is planned in advance, which is decided by the parents. In some cases, a cesarean is done if there are any complications during the labor.
Do you know how many C-sections a woman can normally have? There is no scientific evidence with regards to this, but, the more the cesareans, the greater is the risk for the woman. Let us see the risks associated with multiple C-sections.
1. Scarring of Uterus:
Each and every time you undergo a cesarean, you will be scarred. These scars accumulate and complicate the upcoming cesareans.
2. Placenta issues:
With multiple C-sections, your placenta behavior might change. It might embed into the uterine wall or might cover the cervix openings.
3. Damage to bladder or bowel:
Multiple cesareans might injure your bladder. This is not a common issue, but, with increasing number of C-sections, the risks are higher.
4. Excessive bleeding:
Excessive bleeding is a common one during C-section, but, as the number of cesareans increase, there is a high risk of intense bleeding. There might also be a high chance of hysterectomy. Hysterectomy is a surgical process, where, a part of or all part of the uterus is removed.
5. A Hernia:
Women who have undergone multiple C-sections have a higher risk of a hernia. An umbilical hernia is the common one associated with pregnancy and postpartum period.
The other risks include diastasis recti, numbness, and pain in incision region. Each and every woman is different and the healing procedure also varies. Some may recover at a faster rate after C-section and for some, it may take a longer time than expected.
Women who have undergone cesarean at the first pregnancy can opt for a normal vaginal delivery during the second and subsequent pregnancy. Another option will be, waiting for at least for a period of 6 months, after a C-section, before getting pregnant again. It is always better to consult your doctor regarding your previous surgery and the complications it might cause in the near future.