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The many potential complications of a cesarean section

A cesarean section, also known as a C-section, is common in the medical world. Many women have gone through this procedure when delivering their babies.

While there is nothing wrong with having a cesarean section, and this is an absolute must at some times, it is important to realize there are potential complications.

When compared to a vaginal delivery, a cesarean section comes with a higher risk of complications. Some of the most common risks for the mother include:

-- Heavy blood loss.

-- Infection.

-- Vomiting and nausea.

-- Bowel problems.

-- Injury to an organ, such as the bladder.

Along with the aforementioned complications to the mother, there are risks for the infant that may include, but are not limited to:

-- Breathing problems.

-- Injury during the delivery process.

-- The immediate need for care in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Along with these short term complications of a cesarean section, there are long term risks to be concerned about as well. This can include problems such as placenta previa and the breaking open of a scar during another pregnancy.

If a cesarean section is medically necessary, it is essential for your medical team to make a call on this without delay. It is also important to remember that this is a surgery with certain inherent risks. In some cases, complications arise due to a mistake by a medical professional, e.g., midwives, doctors or nurses. This is why it is a must to visit a hospital that you trust, such as one with a good reputation for getting women through cesarean sections with few problems.

Source: Web MD, "Cesarean Section - Risks and Complications," accessed Feb. 04, 2016

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