Q: Good day doc, how long does one need to wait after a CS before trying for another baby? Thank you sir.
A: Thanks for writing in. This is a common question amongst women who have had a Caesarian Section. How soon can I get pregnant again? This is an especially important question as the argument about how much time the body needs to heal rages. It only makes sense that the longer the body is allowed to heal, the better the wound healing. Different schools of opinion exist from 6 months to 1 year to at least 2 years. However, generally, a gap of 6 months is considered fair to have given the body sufficient time to heal.
Can you deliver normally? I prefer to ask, ‘can you deliver vaginally? There is nothing abnormal about having a baby through Caesarian Section. You’re as normal as the woman next door and you feel the same maternal urge as she does…maybe, even more 😀 It’s because we think C-section is abnormal that women who would benefit from this procedure turn it down and then end up dying because they wanted to do it ‘normally’! We need to change this mind set! For women who think ladies who had C-section are lesser mortals than them because they had a vaginal delivery, try cutting up yourself with a knife and then sewing it back up and you would know who’s more super-human! By the way, just in case you wondered, I’m not taking it personal because I had a C-section. I had all three of my children vaginally but would most certainly have opted for a C-section if I was advised to do so. But I digress….
So, can you deliver vaginally? This is possible. Your chances of a successful VBAC increase if:
- You’ve had a previous successful vaginal delivery
- You and baby are healthy with pregnancy progressing normally
- You’ve had only previous Caesarian Section with a low transverse incision on the uterus (womb)
- Spontaneous onset of labour on or before the your EDD
Now, these are general rules of thumb. Your specific medical history may be different, requiring a different approach. So, be sure to discuss the options open to you with your doctor.
And please, remember to discuss contraception/family planning options with your doctor during your 6 weeks appointment if you’ve had a baby. I’ve had quite a number of people writing in to ask if breast feeding protects against pregnancy and if it was possible for them to get pregnant even before their periods return or if it was safe to breastfeed a baby while pregnant (The answers by the way, are yes to getting pregnant while breastfeeding, yes to possibility of getting pregnant before periods return and yes to breastfeeding while pregnant); this means that there are probably a couple of people getting pregnant earlier than they had planned. Let’s take the right decisions.
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Have a great week ahead, y’all 😀