Is a normal delivery possible after a C-section?

I got married on November 2011 and conceived on December 2011. My first pregnancy took a toll on me. Though I consider myself a strong person but went weak on my knees when I had to counter labour pains. Though my doctor assured a normal delivery, but I requested for a C-section amidst labour. Today my baby is 18 months old. I have a gut feeling that I might be pregnant again. Though I am not planning for any kids at the moment and ain’t sure if my concerns are true. But just in case I get pregnant again can I opt for a normal delivery now. Is it possible?

If you even have the slightest doubt that you could be pregnant get a home pregnancy test done and be sure. A normal delivery after a C-section is called a VBAC or vaginal birth after C-section. In most cases a normal delivery after a C-section is possible though it comes with some risks attached to it.

In a normal delivery after a C-section, the scar may tear open leading to uncontrolled bleeding at the site of previous C-section, during labour. Though it might not be the case always. If you opt for VBAC talk to your doctor about it. If you are planning for a VBAC, be sure that you take good care of yourself well in advance. Apart from regular exercises take care that you are doing enough to strengthen your core and back. With a history of C-section, putting too much pressure on your core is not advisable. Try alternative methods like side obliques or stretches. Hire a trainer if you can.

Remember during VBAC you would need a lot of monitoring during your labour to ensure that both you and your baby are safe. If your abdominal muscles are not strong enough to go through the strains of labour it can tear open at the site of operation. But if you are monitored constantly such an incidence can be avoided if at all it happens. If your doctor senses any trouble during the labour you might be taken for an emergency C-section too. But many doctors also support VBAC and would help you during your pregnancy to prepare for the same. So talk to your doctor and find out one who supports your decision. But before all that get checked if you are pregnant.

Source: the health site

Too posh to push? Beware! C-section boosts child’s risk of obesity

A new study conducted by researchers suggests that babies born by caesarean section are more likely to struggle with obesity later in life.

Not just this, C-sections also boost the odds of certain problems with later pregnancies, including abnormalities in the placenta that can lead to severe bleeding during labour, type-1 diabetes in childhood and other diseases.

Findings of a research conducted at Imperial College London, which include data from 10 countries, suggest babies born through caesarean section were 26 percent more likely to face weight issues during adulthood than those born by vaginal delivery.

Further, the study also showed that average BMI of adults born by caesarean section is around half a unit more than those born by vaginal delivery.

The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Source: Zee news


Doctors perform C-section on woman who wasn’t pregnant

Officials in southeastern Brazil say doctors performed a cesarean section on a 37-year-old woman only to discover that she wasn’t pregnant.

Simone Carvalho is a spokeswoman for the Health Department of the coastal city of Cabo Frio. She said Tuesday the woman told doctors at the city’s Woman’s Hospital she was 41 weeks pregnant and in pain.

Carvalho said one reason doctors believed she was pregnant was because “she had the symptoms associated with pregnancy like an enlarged abdomen and nausea.”

Carvalho said “doctors could not hear the baby’s heartbeat and feeling its life was in danger ordered an emergency cesarean after which they discovered it was a false pregnancy.”

The spokeswoman added the woman “was so convinced she was pregnant, that she altered her prenatal tests that showed otherwise because she was convinced the results were wrong.”

Source: fox news