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Cesarean birth is a surgery. There are some risks involved. The estimated risk of a woman dying after a cesarean birth is extremely small. The risk of death after a vaginal birth is even smaller. Your doctor will review potential problems like:
Decreased bowel function
Damage to other organs in the abdomen
Longer hospital stay and recovery time
Bad reactions to anesthesia
Risk of additional surgeries, including
hysterectomy, bladder repair, or repeat C-sections with future pregnancies
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
C-sections also have risks for babies. Babies born prematurely have more risks. The risk of death for premature babies delivered by elective C-section is very small. The risk of death for premature babies born vaginally is even smaller.
Anesthesia prevents pain during the surgery. You may feel some pressure and tugging as the uterus is opened and the baby and placenta are removed. Pain and discomfort after the procedure can be managed with medications.
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