11 Jan 2023 | 4 min Read
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Many parents may have a common question during pregnancy: “How many c-sections can you have safely?” This is especially prominent when the obstetrician suggests a c-section delivery, and the parents subsequently plan to have more children. While it is difficult to determine the exact number of c-sections you can have, experts believe that the more caesearn surgeries you have, the riskier the future surgeries become for you and your baby.
However, since each woman’s pregnancy is different, the number of possible risks and complications may vary too, and so does the number of c-section surgeries they can have in a lifetime. Keep reading to know more about the safety, and side effects of a repeat c-section and the factors to consider for subsequent pregnancy after surgery.
There are certain circumstances where you may have to opt for a repeat c-section surgery, including
Some c-section incisions may limit further vaginal birth, which means you may have to opt for a repeat c-section. These include:
According to experts, there is a high risk associated with more than three c-section surgeries. Moreover, the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG) states that five or more caesarean surgeries are associated with increased complications and longer surgery times.
In addition to the complications associated with first-time c-section surgery, some additional effects or risks of multiple c-sections include
Some benefits of repeated c-sections include
It’s normal to have certain concerns while planning a subsequent pregnancy after a c-section delivery. It is crucial to bring them to your doctor’s notice to get relief from those worries. Some factors that you should consider before planning another pregnancy include
It is normal for couples planning to have more kids to be confused about how many c-sections can they have. The truth is that the probability of a repeat c-section completely depends on the safety and condition of the mother and also the health of the baby. Therefore, have a detailed discussion with your ob-gyn about whether you require a repeat c-section or not, and consider all the risks and possible side effects before making an informed decision.
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