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    Is a Planned C-Section Right for Me?

    Impacts Later in Life continued...

    It could complicate future pregnancies. The placenta might not attach to your uterus the right way. This means you would have a greater chance for bleeding and could need a hysterectomy. The scar in your uterus could split open.

    Depending on why you had a C-section and how it went, you may be able to give birth vaginally later. But if you've had more than one of these surgeries, vaginal birth may not be an option.

    Kids born by C-section may be more prone to have asthma, diabetes, allergies, and obesity when they grow up.

    What to Consider

    Talk to your doctor or midwife about why they think you should have a C-section. If the baby's size is the reason, ask how accurate the weight estimates are. Find out if you have any other options to address their concern.

    Will you be able to wait until 39 or 40 weeks, as the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends?

    Make sure you understand what harm could come to you and your infant if you don't have a C-section.

    If having more children is important to you, find out if you'll need the procedure for future deliveries.

    Think about whether or not the benefits of this surgery clearly outweigh the risks. It's OK to get a second opinion to help you decide.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on April 14, 2016
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