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what are the chances of having consecutive c-sections?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Depends: It depends on how many c-sections and why you had them. In general, after two c-sections the risks get higher and higher. If you had a c-section for breech or abnormal position, your risk of a second c-section is lower. If you had one because your cervix didn't dilate or the baby wouldn't come down, your risk is higher.
Dr. Rahil Malik
Obstetrics and Gynecology 10 years experience
Depends: If your prior cesarean section was for failure to progress -> you may have a higher chance than someone who had a cesarean section for breech presentation or concerning fetal heart tracing.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the risks associated with c-sections?

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Dr. Kevin O'neil
Urogynecology 28 years experience
Generally low risk: In general the chance of any complication is low. The risks during the surgery are infection, bleeding, anesthetic complication, injury to the uterus, bladder or other internal organs. The risk for future pregnancies include scar tissue formation, uterine rupture during labor and placenta accrete (where the placenta grows into the outer muscular layer of the uterus).
A 40-year-old member asked:

What do they mean by planned or elective c sections?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not an emergency: Often a C-section is done as an emergency due to fetal distress or some complication. Elective C-section is planned due to known risks to mother or baby. A common reason for an elective C-section is history of previous c section.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are common reasons for c sections?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Several: Protracted labor, unusual fetal position, fetal distress, abnormal fetus, previous c-section, large baby with small outlet, fatigue. Unfortunately some are done for fear of legal reasons and because it is convenient for the mother or the doctor.
A 25-year-old female asked:

Is it safe to have more than 3 c sections

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Dr. Jennifer Frank
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Possibly: With each pregnancy after a c-section, your risk of complications with the placenta (placenta previa) and uterus (uterine rupture) increase. Therefore, the more c-sections you have, the higher your risk each time. However, many women successfully have more than 3 c-sections. It's a good idea to discuss this with your obstetrician who can better discuss your personal risks.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How soon can I wear heels to work after a c-sections?

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Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 32 years experience
It is up to you: Once you can walk in normal shoes with no difficulty you can choose to return to wearing heels. As a podiatrist, i would recommend heel heights of 2 " or less, and please don't carry a diaper bag and child on stilletos! :).

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