For many years, women who have had a cesarean delivery with their first pregnancy and were interested in delivering their next baby vaginally were recommended not to.
But now-a-days, a vaginal birth after a cesarean is thought to be a safe choice for the majority of expectant mothers and their babies, and the likelihood of having a successful VBAC is higher than ever before.
If you’re considering a natural birth instead of a repeat c-section, make sure you’re a good candidate by consulting your doctor who will evaluate your situation based on the following medical factors:
The type of incision during your previous c-section; The vertical incision made in the upper part of the uterus can’t stand a vaginal birth and will likely rupture, unlike the low vertical or the up-and-down cut made on the lower part of the uterus.
The reason behind your previous c-section; if you had a c-section in one birth because of a specific condition that will not exist in the next, like a breech presentation for instance, your doctor will probably approve of you going on vaginal birth. But if your cesarean was due to your cervix incapacity to dilate adequately, expect your doctor’s answer to be negative.
Your health and your baby’s; if your baby is in a wrong position or his health condition is unstable, it would be better to skip vaginal deliveries altogether and schedule a c-section. The same applies if you have a specific health condition, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
How many c-sections you had; if you delivered more than one baby via c-section, your chances of having a no-answer for a VBAC are greater compared to women who have had only one c-section.
Before you decide to try a vaginal birth after a cesarean, you will need to know the risks and complications involved, and look deeply into the pros and cons even they are relatively rare.
Read More: Important Things No One Tells You About Giving Birth
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