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What is a uterine rupture?

Being pregnant is supposed to be a happy time, but for some women, it can be a terrifying experience. Some women may face the possibility of having a uterine rupture, which can be a serious situation. You should always discuss your risks with your doctor early in your pregnancy. According to Babycenter, if you have had a previous c-section, you are at risk for a uterine rupture in subsequent pregnancies. You may also be at risk if you have had uterine surgery, are carrying more than one baby, have extra amniotic fluid, have a long labor or have had more than five children.

A rupture typical happens during labor, but it can happen at any point during the pregnancy. It is when your uterus breaks or tears open. You may know something is wrong because you will experience pain and bleeding. Constant monitoring is needed if you are in a high-risk category because a rupture needs to be caught early to avoid further injury to you and to protect your baby.

Uterine ruptures are not common. Usually, your doctor will be prepared if you are at risk and make sure to take the proper steps to prevent it from happening. The most common way to avoid a rupture is to schedule a c-section and prevent you from going into labor before the surgery.

If you experience a uterine rupture, you will usually be taken immediately to the operating room and have your baby delivered by c-section. Your doctor may have to give you a hysterectomy if the rupture is severe. If possible, your uterus may be repaired. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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