C-section, also known as cesarean delivery, is a procedure in which a birth doctor delivers an infant through an incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus rather than through the vagina. Some doctors refer to this as an abdominal delivery.
Some women will choose to have an elective C-section or C-section on maternal request (CDMR). However, most C-sections occur when a vaginal birth would present a risk of seriously harming the mother or child. Only around 2.5 percent of C-sections occur at the mother’s request without addressing a medical problem.
However, this number has increased over the last decade. This article states the possible risks of a c-section.
1. Infection of the womb lining
These symptoms include fever, tummy pain, abnormal vaginal discharge, and heavy vaginal bleeding.
2. Potential risk in future pregnancies
If you have a vaginal delivery after a C-section, there’s a chance your uterus could tear along your C-section scar line. You could have problems with your placenta in the future or develop scar tissue in your pelvic area.
3. Placenta accreta
This happens when the placenta implants itself near the c-section scar. If it stays there unrecognized, you can potentially bleed to death during a future delivery. In the past, the rate of death from accreta was 50 percent. Now, thankfully, most women are not at high risk of dying. Delivering at a place where doctors are experienced with accreta is important. If you’ve had a prior C-section, your doctor might suggest an ultrasound to check where your placenta is located during your next pregnancy.
4. Excessive bleeding
This may require a blood transfusion in severe cases, or possibly further surgery to stop the bleeding, some women die in the process when the blood bank is not available.
5. Breathing problems for the baby
The baby may develop abnormally fast breathing called transient tachypnea of the newborn. Breathing problems generally occur because, in cesarean delivery, the delivery occurs without the start of labor. Thus, there is insufficient clearance of fluid from the lungs of the baby. Breathing problems usually improve within the first two days of delivery.