Cesarean birth is a surgery. There are some risks involved. The estimated risk of a woman dying after a cesarean birth is extremely small. The risk of death after a vaginal birth is even smaller. Your doctor will review potential problems like:
- Blood clots
- Decreased bowel function
- Damage to other organs in the abdomen
- Longer hospital stay and recovery time
- Allergic reactions to anesthesia
- Risk of additional surgeries, including hysterectomy , bladder repair, or repeat C-sections with future pregnancies
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Prior cesarean birth
- Prior surgery of the uterus
- Abnormal placenta
C-sections also have risks for babies. The risk of death for premature babies delivered by elective C-section is very small. The risk of death for premature babies born vaginally is even smaller.
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