Even though c-sections are relatively safe, I never wanted to deliver any of our children via c-section, it wasn't in my birth plan. Instead, I had my heart set on experiencing a natural childbirth with no medication. But when it comes to delivering a baby, and when that baby has complications in utero, birth plans go out the window (whether we like it or not) for the benefit of the unborn child, even if that means higher multiple c-sections risks and complications for the mother-to-be.
Multiple C-Sections Risks and Complications
After welcoming our sweet Grace into this world 10 weeks ago, I never expected to have any complications after my c-section.
My first two c-sections were medically needed for our children to survive and were relatively easy considering it is major surgery on top of giving birth. When we became pregnant with our fourth child, it was recommended that I have another c-section because of the risks associated with trying to labor after having two earlier c-sections.
Now, I'm 10 weeks postpartum and my c-section incision is still open. I will need to undergo another abdominal surgery, called a revision, to remove preexisting scar tissue from earlier c-sections to create a new, clean incision allowing my skin to properly connect and heal the way it should.
Another complication of multiple c-sections is a uterine rupture. Uterine rupture can occur in future pregnancy if the uterus has thinned due to the cutting and suturing of the uterus during a c-section operation. Although my uterus did not rupture, it is so thin that my surgeon punctured it during surgery. Because of this, it is not safe for me, or a baby, to get pregnant again, ending our chances of having more children.
Multiple C-Sections – Risks and Complications
All c-sections pose a higher risk of some complications than a vaginal delivery does. Aside from the complications I'm having, more common complications for the mother after a c-section include:
- Heavy blood loss
- A blood clot in the legs or lungs
- Nausea, vomiting, and severe headache after the delivery
- Bowel problems, such as constipation
- Uterine rupture
- Placenta previa
- Other placenta problems including placenta accreta, placenta increta, placenta percreta
- Maternal death
C-section risks for the infant include:
- Injury during the delivery
- Need for special care in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
- Immature lungs and breathing problems
Having multiple c-sections was not how I planned to have our children, but it was worth the multiple c-sections risks and complications for us to survive and thrive our four beautiful children.