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If you face having a C-section, you may want to know the risks

When you found out you were pregnant, you probably imagined it ending as millions upon millions of other births do -- with a natural birth, a healthy baby and a healthy you. The majority of your pregnancy may have supported this wish, but when it came time to give birth, something changed.

Your doctor may have known ahead of time that you would need a C-section, or it could have come as a surprise to everyone during your labor. Even though you will go through the process in order to make sure your child is born unharmed, you still need to know the dangers and risks you face during this procedure.

It's important to understand all risks and options

Doctors perform C-sections all the time, which gives the impression they are no big deal. However, it's important to remember that this is still a major surgery for you, and you need to know the risks you face:

  • It may be obvious, but you could lose a significant amount of blood, nearly twice what you would during a vaginal delivery. If you lose enough blood, you could need a transfusion.
  • You could contract an infection in your uterus, at the incision site or in any organ in your pelvic region, such as the bladder.
  • Your doctor could nick your bladder or bowel during the procedure.
  • You could have an adverse reaction to the anesthesia or any post-operative medication given to you.
  • If something does go awry with your procedure, you could need additional, corrective surgeries that come with their own sets of risks.
  • Your risk of death is higher during a C-section than it is during a vaginal birth.

You may also end up staying in the hospital longer, and your recovery will most likely take longer as well. Your baby could also have trouble breathing, low APGAR scores, or a nick or cut from an incision. A C-section may also mean a premature birth and a low birth weight.

If you believe your Kentucky doctor failed to provide you with the standard of care you deserved, and you suffered injuries as a result, you may want to look into filing a medical malpractice claim to hold the responsible party or parties legally liable for your or your baby's injuries.

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