Is it true once a c.section always a c.section ?
- 26 Nov 2013 by Keisha93
- 27 November 2013
As others have said, no that is not always the case. I had C-section with my first child and I was going to have a natural birth with the second. However, they found that I had placenta previa, so another C-section was required for the safety of both me and the baby. If your second pregnancy is uneventful and the baby is not too big for a safe vaginal delivery, most OB doctors would prefer for you to deliver naturally.
This used to be the case, but not so in all cases anymore. It depends a lot on the reason for the first c. section. If the baby's head was too large or the pelvic bones too small or wouldnt stretch, this is likely to be true for subsequent pregnancies (although not always). If it was due to fetal distress, this may not happen with subsequent deliveries. There is a certain amount of risk in VBAC (which stands for vaginal birth after c-section) because, as posted above, vaginal delivery puts a great deal of pressure on the healed incisions of the previous surgery. It can be a possibility though, but it is a case by case basis AND also depends on how much experience your OB has with VBAC. The best thing to do is like Mac said, research it, read all you can about the procedure, talk to your OB and ask him/her about your options and what they think, and discuss pro's and con's in your individual case.
Vaginal birth is almost always easier and faster for mother to recover from because you didnt just have major abdominal surgery as well as have a baby so, if VBAC can be done, it can be a good option for those moms.
If there was repair work required during, prior, or after the c section, the risk will be high for a rupture. However, if it was a clean c section without complications, then it depends upon the doctor, as others have stated. The more complicated surgery is on the uterus, say for fibroid removal or having endometriosis, the more risk. Having had such surgeries, I was scheduled for a c section two weeks before the expected date of term and all went well. Most important, have a wonderful pregnancy and a healthy baby with a safe delivery.
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