Our expert says:
The risks with a normal birth after a caesarean are a) that there is a small chance of the uterus rupturing ( about 0.5%) b) there is about a 40-50% chance of having another emergency caesarean during labour. The uterus seems to be less efficient after a caesarean. However, many women do have normal births after caesareans but need careful monitoring throughout the labour.
With an elective caesarean there are the risks of the anaesthetic and also the surgery. Elective caesareans are done before labour starts to avoid the complications of labour. Hence they are done between 38 and 39 weeks.
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