Your C-Section Can Cause You Pain Years After Your Child Is Born – Moms

Roughly 20% of babies worldwide are born via c-section meaning that 1 out of every 5 women in the world has a chance of delivering a baby by c-section. If you're in the United States, your odds are even higher with 1 out of every 3 babies being born by c-section. That number has increased dramatically in recent years as many doctors decide to deliver by C-section to avoid any complications. Your doctor may opt to perform a c-section for a number of reasons but usually they are done when it's believed to be in the best interest of either the baby or the mother's health and sometimes the overall well-being of mom and baby.

As scary as going into any surgery may seem, for the most part, having a c-section is an extremely common and normal procedure in which mom and baby will both recover just fine. Because it is a surgery, it typically will mean a longer and more painful recovery time than a vaginal birth. The short-term impacts of having a c-section are usually known and moms who end up having c-sections prepare to take it easier and do less heavy lifting after giving birth.

There are some long-term health issues that although uncommon can impact a women who has had or will have a c-section that moms should be aware of.

Endometriosis is a disorder that can lead to extremely painful periods and pelvic pain during your period. A study found that women who delivered their babies by c-section versus vaginal birth were slightly more likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis.

While the risk of this happening is very low, it is possible with a c-section whereas with a vaginal birth there is no incision scar to tear. If it does happen during a future pregnancy, it can be very serious and anyone experiencing it should seek medical attention immediately.

Full term births are those that happen after 37 weeks. The earlier your baby is born before their due date and especially before 37 weeks, the higher probability of developing complications. Although just by a hair, women who had a c-section were more likely to have pre-term births in future pregnancies than women who delivered previous babies vaginally.

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants and grows outside of the uterus rather than attaching itself to the lining of the uterus. More often than not, an ectopic pregnancy happens in a fallopian tube. An ectopic pregnancy can be extremely painful and is not a viable pregnancy. A woman who finds herself facing this particular pregnancy has no choice but to terminate the pregnancy. Women who had a previous c-section were 9% more likely to suffer from an Ectopic pregnancy.

Abnormal placentation, also called as placenta accrete is very rare and happens in about 1 out of every 500 births. With placenta accrete, the placenta grows deeply into the wall of the uterus and as a result, fails to separate during delivery. This can lead to severe bleeding which poses a great risk to both mom and baby during delivery. The risk of experiencing placenta accrete is higher for women who give birth by C-section than those who give birth by vaginal births.

There are some women who will try to deliver VBAC (vaginal birth after a c-section), but for many, after having one c-section they decide to do it again for subsequent pregnancies. The more c-sections that are had, the more likely a woman is to experience complications from them.

A hysterectomy involves the removal of a womans uterus. If a woman gets to a point where she needs a hysterectomy, its usually because she's experiencing excessive pain and/or bleeding and a hysterectomy is the only way to get it to stop. Research has shown that women who had given birth at least once and who subsequently had a hysterectomy were 50% more likely to have delivered their baby by c-section than those who hadn't.

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