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Can You Give Birth Vaginally After A C-Section?

Sep 28, 2022

Requirements for a VBAC delivery

More than 60-80 percent of women successfully have their baby vaginally after their C-section delivery. 

You should discuss this with your doctor before your labor so that they may suggest a good choice considering your and your baby’s medical condition. If you are in a low-risk need, your chances of Vaginal Birth After a Cesarean (VBAC) success rate is high.

The probability of a successful VBAC delivery is high if- 

  • You have a history of vaginal delivery for any of your pregnancies.
  • You have had a low transverse incision C-section previously. This incision is typical that has less bleeding than other incisions.
  • You and your baby are healthy throughout your pregnancy without any complications.
  • Your labor started automatically as per your due date.

The chances for a VBAC delivery are less if- 

  • the exact C-section medical requirement exists for also your recent delivery
  • your body weight increased above average, an obese condition
  • history of preeclampsia 
  • you got conceived with your next baby in a short interpregnancy span
  • your baby is large, comparatively
  • you’re older than 35 years
  • you are pregnant with multiple babies

VBAC Delivery Unsafe Conditions

These are some of the conditions that are not safe to have VBAC if-

  • You have had a high vertical C-section delivered in your past as this incision cuts up to down through the upper part of the uterus muscles, which may lead to a uterine muscle tear.
  • In case the uterine got ruptured in your previous delivery.
  • You have undergone any uterus surgery. 
  • You have pregnancy complications like diabetes, heart disease, genital herpes, or placenta previa.

Benefits of having VBAC

These are some of the benefits of having a normal vaginal delivery, including VBAC-

  • The risk of complications such as infections or blood clots is low
  • Less abdominal pain and short recovery time
  • Lower risk of breathing problems for the babies
  • Sooner breastfeeding condition


Related: How to Increase the Chances of Normal Delivery?

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