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Pregnancy After C-section - How long You Should Wait

Sometimes you get a bad case of baby fever. Women may feel compelled to have another child soon after giving birth to their first (or second, or third). Is having a C-section, however, going to affect your conception plans? Everything you need to know about pregnancy after a C-section can be found here.

When may I get pregnant after having a C-section?

Many doctors recommend waiting 18 to 24 months after giving birth before trying to conceive again, and this is especially true if you had a C-section. This rest period allows your body to recuperate and recover from surgery.

"We look at the interpregnancy interval (IPI) when determining when it is safe to conceive again," explains Pamela Promecene, M.D., professor and obstetrician at UTHealth/UT Physicians in Houston. "The IPI is the time between birth and the start of the next pregnancy." There is evidence that a short IPI (less than 18 months) is associated with a higher risk of pregnancy problems in subsequent pregnancies."

What are the pregnancy risks after a C-section?

Getting pregnant fewer than six months after a C-section increases your chance of complications including a ruptured uterus or a baby with a low birth weight, according to research. If you want to try for a vaginal delivery next time (VBAC), you should put off getting pregnant even longer, because studies show that the risk of uterine rupture is higher during VBACs when the period between deliveries is shorter than two years. However, many women who become pregnant fast have perfectly healthy pregnancies and kids. It is ultimately up to you and your doctor to make the decision.

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IPI M.D Pamela Promecene


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