We hear from a lot of people who want to know when they can get pregnant again after their C-section in order to have a VBAC.
There are plenty of recommended lengths of time out there, and it seems that every doctor has their own recommendation for when they will or will not allow you to VBAC, based on how far apart your C-section and next pregnancy are. But, what does evidence say?
How long after my C-section should I wait to get pregnant?
In a study investigating whether or not short- or long-term pregnancy intervals increased or decreased chances of uterine rupture, it shows that any length of time, six months or longer between pregnancies, has no impact on risk for uterine rupture.
In other words, if it is six months or more from the time you had your C-section to the time you got pregnant again, there is no increased risk of rupture.
Six months between pregnancies is 15 months between births. With pregnancies less than six months apart, the risk of rupture doubles or triples to roughly 2.2% (Stamilio, et al., 2007); however, this does not automatically exclude you from VBAC.
It just means that the risk is higher, and, if that is an acceptable risk to you, you should look for a provider who is comfortable with that risk as well.
We go over this in detail in our online and in person VBAC Preparation Course for Parents. Have you heard about it yet?
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