Vaginal Birth After C-Section (VBAC) – The Pros and Cons

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Understanding the Benefits and Risks

Vaginal births following C-Sections or VBACs are much more common than many people realize. Mothers who didn’t get to deliver their first or second children naturally may opt to do so for many reasons. They want to know what it feels like to have the baby travel down the birth canal which is an experience like no other a mother has.

Having a good idea of what is VBAC and its process prior to electing to give birth vaginally is important. It allows women to make informed decisions concerning their baby’s delivery. That’s why we wanted to take a moment to list the pros and cons of a VBAC birth.

Vertical or T-Shaped C-Section Scars Indicate That Vaginal Birth is Not for You

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Vertical scars from a previous C-section could lead to uterine rupture during a VBAC.

Uterine Rupture

Uterine rupture is more likely to occur in women with these types of scars. Horizontal scars above the bikini line indicate a higher level of safety for a vaginal birth after c section. If you’re not sure what type of scar you have, look closely in a mirror or ask your physician to describe it to you.

Instant Labor Makes Delivering Vaginally Easier

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Follow natural labor-inducing tips to ensure a successful VBAC delivery.

Quick Birth

Women with uterine scars do not usually get induced. So, if you’re able to go into labor without the assistance of your doctor, you’ll have a better chance of going through a VBAC delivery without complications. Following natural labor-inducing tips helps jumpstart the process and increase the likelihood of you delivering vaginally if that is what you desire to do.

Dystocia-Related C-Sections Prompt Doctors to Discourage Vaginal Delivery

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Your chances of a having a successful VBAC will significantly decrease if you’ve had a dystocia-related c-section before.

Obstructed Labor

Your body may be slow at delivering a child. Rather than experience the issue that sparked your original C-Section by trying to give birth to the baby naturally, you’ll likely end up in surgery, having your next baby removed by Caesarean. That way, the risk factors lessen significantly.

Your Weight Determines Whether a VBAC is Ideal

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Loose weight to boost your chances of having a successful VBAC.

The More the Weight the Higher the Risk

If you have gained a lot of weight during your pregnancy, your chances of having a VBAC labor decrease significantly. You’ll need to note that a gain of 40 pounds or more causes the success rate to lower by 40 percent. If you can’t get a handle on your weight prior to your delivery date, you probably won’t deliver the baby vaginally because of the VBAC risks that could occur.

Knowing Whether or Not a VBAC is Right for You

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Your doctor will help you decide what’s best for you and your baby.

Talk to Your Doctor

Giving birth vaginally after having a C-Section is something that many women do. That’s why it’s important to know the risks and advantages of VBAC prior to attempting to have your child naturally. Discussing your options with your primary care physician is advisable because they possess the medical knowledge and intimate details about your health to help you determine if a VBAC birth is, indeed, right for you.

Recovery from a VBAC

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Speed Up Your Recovery!

Every labor story has a recovery story as well, make sure yours is as smooth and painless as possible by investing in Bellefit postpartum girdle. These girdles help with swelling, back pain, and through abdomen compression, it alleviates fluid retention and eases discomfort.

Whether you are recovering from a vaginal birth, a C-Section, or a VBAC a postpartum girdle is a great option to speed up you recovery and get back to feeling your confident and beautiful self.

See for yourself what a corset, girdle or thong can do for you following a VBAC. As always, if you have any questions concerning our products, don’t be afraid to ask. It is our pleasure to assist you in every way that we can.

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