Risk factors of a C-section

A c-section is major abdominal surgery, so it’s riskier than a vaginal delivery. Moms who have c-sections are more likely to have an infection, excessive bleeding, blood clots, more postpartum pain, a longer hospital stay, and a significantly longer recovery. Injuries to the bladder or bowel, although very rare, are also more common.

Studies have found that babies born by elective c-section before 39 weeks are more likely to have breathing problems than babies who are delivered vaginally or by emergency c-section.

 The main risks to you when having a cesarean section include:

  • infection of the wound
  • infection of the womb lining, known as endometritis, which can cause fever, womb pain and abnormal vaginal discharge
  • blood clot (thrombosis) in your legs, which can be dangerous if part of the clot breaks off and lodges in the lungs
  • excess bleeding
  • damage to your bladder or ureter (the tube that connects the kidney and bladder), which may require further surgery.
  • Nausea, vomiting, and severe headache after the delivery (related to anesthesia and the abdominal procedure).
  • Bowel problems, such as constipation or when the intestines stop moving waste material normally (ileus).

However, a recent change in practice means that infections should become a lot less common. Doctors now give women antibiotics before operating, which reduces the risk of developing an infection more than if antibiotics are given after the operation.



What is a scheduled C-section

Emergency Cesarean

How a Cesarean Section Is Done


Long-term risks of Cesarean section

What to Consider before C-section

Recovery after Cesarean

How it feels after C-section

When to breastfeed after C-section

Taking care at home after C-section

When to call a doctor after Cesarean



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