How Soon Can I Get Pregnant After Having A C Section?

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Having a child is a very special experience for every woman. You may have envisioned having a normal, or natural, delivery. But sometimes health conditions do not allow a normal delivery and you may have to go for a caesarean section, also called a C-section.

In some cases, the C-section can be pre planned, since you may want to avoid the pain, or have your baby on a specific date.

Whatever the reason for C-section, it takes a toll on your body, and conceiving again is something you have to plan for.

What Is A C-Section?

A caesarean section is an operation performed to get your baby out by cutting open your tummy, as opposed to normal vaginal delivery.

  • For a C-section, your surgeon will make a cut into your tummy and uterus. This cut is just along the line of your pubic hair and is often referred to as the bikini cut.
  • A C-section operation is like other surgeries. It involves bleeding, post-operative pain and stitches. Adequate care is required for recovery.
  • Some women have been reported to have fever for a few days in pregnancy after a c section.

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Time Gap Between Pregnancies:

The recommended time gap for pregnancy after C-section is between 12 to 36 months. This seems to be a long range, but there are reasons for it:

  • Every woman has her own healing system. The time you take for recovery depends on how soon your body can heal the wounds.
  • In case you have had complications in your earlier pregnancy, then a long gap may be advised.
  • If the C-section was done as an emergency measure, then you will need more time to get back to normal.

The general verdict is that there should be a gap of at least one year between a C-section and your next pregnancy.

Why Time Gap Is Required For Pregnancy After C Section?

There are couples who want to have another child soon, and you may want to get pregnant a few months after having a C-section operation. However, appropriate time must be given because of the following reasons:

  • Your body has gone through a lot during one pregnancy, so it needs all the strength to support another one.
  • Caesarean section is a major abdominal surgery. Having another child soon may prevent complete recovery and healing.
  • You may have bouts of depression, or suffer extreme weakness after a C-section. if you are quickly getting pregnant after a c-section, it will be hazardous.
  • The chances for natural pregnancy are often low immediately after a C-section. You may need to get fertility medicines in order to conceive.

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Normal Delivery After C-Section:

It is possible to have a normal delivery, popularly known as VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section), after you have had a C-section. But there are risks involved in this. You may need to have an emergency operation, if you are found to have any of this risk of pregnancy after c-section. Doctors often advise against having a VBAC due to fear of uterine rupture.

  • In uterine rupture, the scar from your previous C-section operation tears.
  • It is life threatening for both you and your baby.
  • If you have a uterine rupture during normal delivery, you will need to have an immediate C – section.
  • The chances of uterine rupture are higher if you are overweight, or if your wounds have not healed properly.

Remember:

  • The best way to ensure that you have a fast recovery and can conceive normally is to relax and avoid stress.
  • Eat well, have your vitamins, folic acid and iron supplements.
  • Do not put any physical strain on your body, and get household help if needed.
  • Lastly, it is a must to consult your doctor before trying to conceive again.

Follow the medical instructions to have a healthy and happy pregnancy.

If you had your second baby after c-section, share your experiences with other readers in the comment section below.

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  • Niharika

    Hi Nido, if you opt for normal delivery after a C section then it is possible that your labour will be checked more closely and more often. Your labour is considered to be higher risk, so you’ll be offered continuous electronic fetal monitoring. This will measure your baby’s heart rate and your contractions. Most women who try have a successful normal delivery after C section without any complications. But there is a very small risk that the scar from your previous caesarean could tear. So your condition needs to be assessed by your doctor.

  • MomJunction

    Hi Sonali,

    The recommended time gap for pregnancy after C-section is between 12 to 36 months. In your case, please consult your doctor before you take any step.
    Give your body some time to heal before another pregnancy.
    Take care!