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Pregnancy too soon after a c - section

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I had a c-section 6 months ago with my first baby- as a result of developing pre-eclampsia at 39 weeks. Up until this point I had a very healthy pregnancy. My baby was a healthy 8Lb 7Oz. We really want to have another baby soon but have heard mixed stories about how long we should wait before trying to conceive. Would I be puttin myself and/or baby at risk by getting pregnant now? Will I need another c-section if I get pregnant now?

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replied February 10th, 2009
Pregnancy Q and A Answer A5731
Current medical status: Wanting to conceive?
Current medical treatment: Contraceptive pill- microgynon 30

Several complications can occur when getting pregnant too soon after a cesarean section. These include: scar rupture, placenta previa (inadequate implantation of the embryo), or placental abruption (when the placenta prematurely separates from the uterine wall).

In order to prevent these conditions, at least a one year gap between pregnancies is recommended. Various doctors might suggest even 18 months. Women deliver healthy babies in shorter periods, but 12-18 months still is the recommended time gap between pregnancies.

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