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Is there a limit to the number of C-sections a woman can have?

how many c-sections can you have?


Asked by mb102980 at 12:03 PM on Jul. 17, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • I don't think thats true a friend of mine has 3 boys all born by c-section and she had no problems. I'd talk to your doctor just to make sure but I'm pretty sure it's not true.

    Answer by emmasmommy1016 at 12:27 PM on Jul. 17, 2008

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  • I have known women who had five and six c-sections. However, the more c-sections you have, the more chances of serious complications that yes, could prevent you from having any more children -- even hysterectomy. Even if you DON'T develop complications, the more c-sections you've had the less likely your care provider is going to be supportive of you having more children and the more they are going to try to place restrictions on you.

    Your best bet is to start looking into VBACs. It's difficult to find a doctor who will be supportive of a VBAC after 2 c-sections, but it is definitely safer than having repeated c-sections especially if you want a large family. Check out the VBAC Moms group: http://www.cafemom.com/group/1540

    Answer by sioleabha at 1:05 PM on Jul. 17, 2008

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  • I know that with a few doctors in my hometown area that they will not allow for a mother to try VBAC after 2 c-sections. A lot of the time they will encourage you to get your tubes tied after a third c-section because of risks. I know it is different everywhere. This is just what I have been told from women I know.

    Answer by TeaAndrews at 2:59 PM on Jul. 17, 2008

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  • Most insurance companies won't let doctors perform V-bacs any longer. There is no limit on the amount of c-sections you have as long as you wait a good period in between babies. If you get pregnant soon after a c-section the scar can rupture and you or the baby could die. Good luck!

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:31 PM on Jul. 17, 2008

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  • Every c-section you have causes some scarring on the uterus. the more scar tissue there is the harder it is to deliver naturally, because scar tissue is damaged and doesn't work like normal healthy tissues. so risk is increased. But A limit?? IDK my cousin had three c-sections and was told no more. Which was fine she didn't want any more.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 5:34 PM on Jul. 17, 2008

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    Answer by LORIWEBB62 at 7:59 PM on Apr. 12, 2009

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  • You can have as many c-sections as you would like. Its your body, but the more you have the more of a chance that something could be wrong. The more you have the bigger the risks get.

    Answer by ArtisticHPfan at 2:32 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

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  • I know that they don't recommend many. I personally have had 3 C- Sections. And as for the VBAC. Depending on the doctor they will let you do it after having 2 children. My doctor was goingt o let me. He said that as long as I didn't go into labor past my scheduled C-Section I would be ab;e to. Which didn't happen. I went into labor 2 weeks before my C-Section date. I agree with the others about talking to your doctor and other doctor for second and third opinions. The more C-Sections you have though the more stain there is on your body and it increases risks of hemraging and other things. Mostly risks to you but some for the baby as well.

    Answer by honeychick772 at 10:04 PM on Jun. 14, 2009

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  • I have had 2 c-sections and am pregnant with my third child and have asked my doctor this same question, his answer was it all depends on how your body is taking the previous c-sections. Different women react differently to how many sections they could have. He also added that when he answered this question he was going to be doing a patients 6th c section. So really it all depends on your body, if you have had major complications ( i hope not) then it shouldnt be a problem to keep having children. Definitely talk to your doctor and see what he advises, and if you dont like his answer you can always get a second opinion, bc honestly some doctors are very paranoid and dont want to do more than a couple of section even though you are perfectly fine. Hope this helps.

    Answer by mom7201262010 at 11:40 AM on Aug. 27, 2009

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  • I have had 4 c sections. I did have complications with my 4th. The adhesions on the inside wear coming apart. Dont know what that means tho. I am currently pregnant with my 5th. I plan on getting fixed. But the dr said that he might not be able to fix me due to the scarring on the inside?

    Answer by sexymccay at 12:04 PM on Sep. 30, 2009

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