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Natural birth rates have declined greatly in Egypt over the past few years. However, after the great discovery of epidural, women started to opt for natural birth again. On the other hand, there is a common misconception that it’s impossible for women who have had previous C-sections to give birth vaginally. If you’re a mom, who has previously given cesarean birth and considering vaginal birth for your second delivery, this one is for you.
Is it safe to give birth naturally after a caesarean section?
Giving birth vaginally after a previous caesarean surgery is possible and is considered safe under some conditions. According to WebMD, there are factors to consider before opting for natural labor after a caeserean one:
1- Your previous caeserean scar is vertical.
2- Obesity: Your body mass index (BMI) should be under 30.
3- Age: You are preferably 35 years old or younger.
4- Your previous C-section was within 19 months.
5- You get high blood pressure in your pregnancy.
6- You are carrying a big baby.
Why try for a natural birth after C-section?
Vaginal birth doesn’t involve surgery. Unlike C-section delivery, you’ll be less likely to encounter heavy bleeding and/or incision infection. Also, you are more likely to recover faster. Repeated C-sections might cause health risks such as bladder and bowel injuries.
What is the maximum number of C-sections that would be considered safe?
Given the risks of repeated caesarean surgeries, you might be wondering what the limit is for C-section deliveries. No research has been conducted to specify a safe number for caesarean surgeries. However, the more C-section surgeries a mother undergoes, the more complications are encountered.
Share with us your experience if you’ve chosen to go for natural labor after a previous C-section.
Further reading: 5 Medical Cases That Might Require a C-Section