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Janice asked:
When is it safe to conceive a second child after a c-sect?



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Michelle Ang answered:
A C-section is major abdominal surgery, and recovery takes longer than a vaginal delivery. Usually, it takes about six weeks healing or more before one can be considered fully recovered. However, a lot depends on the individual’s body. In general, you should wait at least one year till twenty-four months after one C-section before you become pregnant again. There are a few factors to consider, like if the pregnancy before was a smooth one as well as the post-op recovery. Some women also suffer from post-partum symptoms such as depression and if were to rush into another pregnancy, there might be some risks associated with it, which affects both you and the baby. It is very important to allow your body to heal completely first, as you might risk the uterine from rupturing. A short gap also poses the risk of a low-lying placenta (Placenta Praevia) and even the placenta being separated from the uterus wall. For those who wish to conceive as soon as possible, it is recommended that you consult your gynaecologist.


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oink17 answered:
According to some books, it is best to hold off conceiving a second child only till 18 - 23 months after the first C Sect. This is also the true for those with nature birth. From some articles that I have read, there are studies that shown that women who conceive less than six months after giving birth may have a higher risk for complications such as a ruptured uterus or a premature or low-birth weight baby. In addition, you will need some time to adjust to your new life as a parent, too, before you add another baby into the family. By giving yourself plenty of time to heal and to get used to parenthood, you will give your second baby the best start in life. Speak to your gynae and see what he/she recommends. Afterall, he/she will know best about your body and how well your earlier C Sect has recovered.


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Florencia answered:
Generally, it's recommend 2 years after the previous c-section. But it also depends on the condition of your c-sect wound... your doctor should be able to tell and advise.

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