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What are some risks associated with C-sections for mothers?

If you are currently expecting or plan to expand your family in the near future, one concern you should keep in mind involves childbirth. Traditionally, cesarean (C-section) births were only done out of medical necessity. Now, the procedure is also an elective one, meaning women can choose to deliver their babies via C-section instead of vaginally, even if it is not medically required. You might not realize it, but C-sections are major surgical procedures that are more likely to end in serious complications like birth injuries and death than vaginal childbirth. 

It is important for you to consider the dangers to avoid complications and a poor outcome that could make you or your unborn child victims of medical malpractice. Your medical care provider is responsible for properly informing you of the dangers and risks of C-sections that are specific to your situation so you can make a well-informed decision regarding your delivery. 

Higher mortality risk 

It is normal for women to experience some bleeding after childbirth. However, a C-section can cause more bleeding and put you in danger of bleeding to death, especially during the first 12 weeks after delivery. Postpartum hemorrhaging is nothing to make light of and should be monitored closely to prevent complications and a loss of life. There is also the possibility of you developing sepsis, a dangerous and life-threatening blood infection. 

Pelvic floor dysfunction 

During pregnancy, your pelvic floor muscles become lax and may even seem weak because of your body’s changes and the increasing weight of your unborn child. Usually, after childbirth, the pelvic muscles go back to their pre-pregnancy state. However, if you have a C-section, there is a significant risk that you could end up suffering from pelvic floor prolapse and urinary incontinence long after your delivery date. 

Increase in infertility 

C-sections are surgical procedures that could result in infections and other complications that could make you infertile or difficult for you to become pregnant and carry a healthy baby to term in the future. Your medical team could make mistakes; the chances of adverse outcomes are higher for emergency C-section deliveries because the procedure is unplanned. You could also develop an infection or suffer an injury during the procedure. 

C-sections may seem like the easy and more convenient way of giving birth, but the procedure does come with some major risks. Carefully consider the pros and cons of different childbirth options before making a decision that could result in medical malpractice.

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