The 5 Real Risks of a C-Section

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    Last week, I counseled a second-time mother on her upcoming scheduled cesarean section.

    After a very difficult previous delivery that involved a fourth-degree tear (ouch!) and a baby that was larger than average, she and her doctor had decided that the best course of action for her to take was planning a c-section at 39 weeks. 

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    Understandably, she was nervous about her first c-section and asked me many questions. I tried my hardest to calm her fears, but in reality, I completely understood. As an OB nurse, I’ve been in on countless c-sections, being the first person after the doctor to hold a baby fresh from his mother’s womb, so in a way, the surgery seems pretty routine to me–but that doesn’t mean I’m not aware of the risks that can accompany the procedure. 

    So, just what are the real risks involved with a c-section?


    {Continued: Scar tissue/uterine weakening}

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The 5 Real Risks of a C-Section

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, speaker, and labor and delivery nurse. She began serving as an advocate for young mothers after discovering her own two tiny blue lines during her senior year of college. She blogs about her journey as a young mom of four at and her first book, Tiny Blue Lines, is now available. Find Chaunie on < ... More

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  1. Profile photo of MARIA MARIA says:

    I’m scarred if I do get a infection .. For manny
    Reasons. I had an emergency c-section last month jan,18
    And the fist week I had really bad pain because
    All I did was bed rest. I have so much trouble breastfeeding
    My back hurts because I had a epidural put in 5 different times
    Because the person that did it could find the correct
    Spot. After a few hrs I was still feeling all my pain the
    Epidural didn’t work at all. So nw I get up and do my
    Daily life with out restriction and I’ve notice that my scar still
    Haven’t healed completely in the middle I have this small whole
    ? I wonder would I be able to have another baby but normal ? How long is it gonna
    Take for my scar to heal completely ? Is it normal for blood cults to come out ?
    First time mommy any advise or personal experience will help and thank you

  2. Profile photo of Kylie Kylie says:

    I have had 3 c-sections two of which we planned…. My last one was about 2 months ago…..I havent had any problems except the last time I had my tubes tied which caused increased cramping… and about 2 weeks ago I had to have my appendix removed

  3. Profile photo of Melanie Melanie says:

    So I had a c-section at 40 weeks. I quit dialating at 4. So after I was having serve abdominal pain with bad periods. After 2-3 years I had to have a hysterectomy because my uterus attached itself to my abdomen and was causing all that pain and discomfort. I only have one child and will never have anymore. Could that issue be because I had a csection?!

  4. Profile photo of Jamie25 Jamie25 says:

    I had 2 of them one was emergery and the other was one was planed so what r they saying what can go wrong? and even got my tube tied too anything on that