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What are risks of vaginal birth after c-section (VBAC)?

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Your doctor may suggest that VBAC is too risky for you to succeed at vaginal birth. Risks could include any of the following:

  • Obesity (your body mass index is 30 or higher)
  • Pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy)
  • Age (usually older than 35)
  • Your previous cesarean was in the last 19 months
  • The fetus is very large

SOURCES:

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Is vaginal birth possible after a Cesarean delivery?”

March of Dimes: “Vaginal birth after cesarean.”

Office on Women’s Health: “Pregnancy: Labor and birth.”

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology: “Vaginal birth after Cesarean delivery: Deciding on a trial of labor after Cesarean delivery.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on October 15, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Is vaginal birth possible after a Cesarean delivery?”

March of Dimes: “Vaginal birth after cesarean.”

Office on Women’s Health: “Pregnancy: Labor and birth.”

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology: “Vaginal birth after Cesarean delivery: Deciding on a trial of labor after Cesarean delivery.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on October 15, 2018

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