Cesarean sections are a surgical birthing process chosen by medical professionals at alarmingly high rates. C-sections are known to be risky, and research has shown that many of these procedures are performed too early in labor or for reasons that were unnecessary. Before you enter the hospital to deliver your baby, here are risks of c-section that you should be aware of.
1. Uterine Infection
After a c-section, many women contract an infection of the membrane lining of the uterus. This is called endometritis and can cause uterine pain, fever, and foul-smelling vaginal discharge.
2. Increased Bleeding
It makes sense that a surgical procedure would leave you at an increased risk for bleeding. While transfusions are rarely needed, excessive bleeding is more common with a c-section than a traditional birth.
3. Anesthesia Reactions
People can have adverse reactions to anesthesia no matter what the procedure is. For some women who have undergone a c-section, a severe headache may be experienced when they are in the upright position. This can occur for several days after the delivery.
4. Blood Clots
Blood clots can be especially dangerous. Those that form in the pelvic organs or legs can travel to the lungs. Your risk is greater after a c-section than after a vaginal delivery. Your doctor should get you up and walking as soon as possible to prevent clots from forming.
Infections are more common in c-sections than in vaginal deliveries. The infections suffered after a c-section are typically around the incision site or in the uterus.
No birth is without its risks, but most women’s bodies are designed for the birthing process. A c-section is a risky procedure that should be avoided when possible. Do a fair amount of research before you head to the hospital to give birth and know when a c-section is called for. If you believe that a doctor is ordering a c-section too soon or for unnecessary reasons, don’t be afraid to speak up.
If you suffered illness or injury as the result of a c-section, call our office. We are here to provide you with a free case evaluation. We will provide you with your options and advise you as to your next steps. Call now.