VBAC—WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Mother & Baby - - LIFE & KIDS -

Be­ing in your BMI range is one way to re­duce the risk of C-sec­tion the sec­ond time around. If you are plan­ning to have a VBAC, the best thing you can do is avoid gain­ing too much weight, ex­er­cise reg­u­larly and stay fit. There is also a fear of uter­ine rup­ture dur­ing VBAC. Women with a low trans­verse cut from the pre­vi­ous C-sec­tion, who have man­aged to be within their de­sired BMI range are usu­ally con­sid­ered fit for a VBAC. A study pub­lished in the jour­nal Ob­stet­rics and Gy­nae­col­ogy which took into ac­count the 1213 pa­tients saw that obese women even with a low trans­verse cut had 50 per­cent lesser chances of hav­ing a VBAC. Also, women who gained weight af­ter their first preg­nancy were 40 per­cent less likely to have a VBAC. The study con­cluded that both weight gain af­ter the first preg­nancy and obe­sity re­duced chances of a VBAC dras­ti­cally.

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