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What Is A Uterine Rupture

What Is A Uterine Rupture - Pregnancy - 2021

One of the big scary complications that can unfortunately happen during pregnancy/labour!⁣

Let’s go over the stats:⁣

A uterine rupture is essentially what is depicted in this picture shared by @mommy.labornurse on Instagram. A hole/tear forms in your uterus. ⁣

This is TYPICALLY found during labour, on women who have had previous c-sections. But, if you’ve ever had any other surgery on your uterus, you are at a slightly higher risk for this as well. ⁣

Additionally, this can happen to a completely un-scarred uterus, but it’s EXTREMELY rare to do so. ⁣

This is a rare complication overall (with a very high morbidity/mortality rate for baby).

The occurrence rate is less than 0.1%. This is, however, something your provider will counsel you on if you plan to have a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).

Although the rate is super low, and the likelihood of you rupturing is low, some moms do not want to take the chance, and thus decide VBACing isn’t for them!⁣

What are the signs of a Uterine Rupture?⁣

If you an experiencing a uterine rupture, the first indication is likely going to be SEVERE, constant abdominal pain, which is different from contraction pain. ⁣

Your delivery nurse will also notice on the fetal monitor that the baby is having heart rate changes. Additionally, during a cervical exam, they may notice that baby’s presenting part (usually the head, unless you are delivering breech) is much higher than before. ⁣

Remember, VERY RARE! Ask your provider about this condition, and if you are at any higher risk. ⁣

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I’ve had a few moms message me about this condition, how scary it is, and shed some light on it!

This is certainly not meant to scare you, but just to inform you and bring some awareness to the condition! ❤

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18 Comments

  1. I know someone who had a uterin rupture.. her midwife saw the signs and sent her to the L&D immediately. L&D said no rupture because hearttones were fine but mom knew something was wrong.. baby had moved clear up under her ribcage whereas before had been really engaged, she was having pain, and other symptoms but heartrate was fine so the Dr said definitely not UR. Mom knew he was wrong and finally they granted her request for a C/S. Baby was completely out of the uterus. She had been at the hospital for over 2 hours with signs of rupture before they took baby out. Crazy enough baby was completely fine and so was mom. It was a miracle.

  2. I had a c-section, followed by two successful, wonderful VBACs. On fourth pregnancy, my uterus ruptured at 36 weeks with full expulsion. Placenta fully detached as well. I was not in labor; I was just sitting in a chair. I can’t describe the horror of it. But I am thankful to report that after lots of medical intervention, my son is four months old and has a wonderful prognosis.

  3. I had a c-section, followed by two successful, wonderful VBACs. On fourth pregnancy, my uterus ruptured at 36 weeks with full expulsion. Placenta fully detached as well. I was not in labor; I was just sitting in a chair. I can’t describe the horror of it. But I am thankful to report that after lots of medical intervention, my son is four months old and has a wonderful prognosis.

  4. My husband’s mom had 3 tears in her uterus, while she was in labor with my husband. Obviously, he’s fine now, but let’s just say he was a blue baby for the first few minutes of life.

  5. I was told during labor that if I push before a contraction that this may happen to me. It was my first pregnancy and I delivered vaginally. I had the urge to push & since my body was indicating that to me I started pushing, but the nurse advice me not to.

  6. How can you keep the uterus from rupturing? I really don’t want to have another c section & was told by my doctor they’d have to make sure my uterus is strong enough for a vaginal birth

  7. I’ve had two hernia operations when i was a baby and as a 3 year old due to a hernia (rupture). the scars are very low on my lower abdomen. i am 22 weeks pregnant,23yrs old. will this also have an effect on my chance to experience a uterine rupture/ will this higher the risk for me to have a uterine rupture in any way – or is it just uterus surgeries which can risk that?

  8. This happened to me, at the beginning of the pregnancy (the placenta grew through it by the end). Got through it, and was able to keep my uterus!! Research is going into this topic.. stay positive 🙂

  9. This happened to me. I had no idea happened On Tuesday and I didn’t pay much attention to it until that Friday for my OB visit and had to go deliver baby at 37 weeks ! Crazy scary thought I was having contractions all week but was wrong all I had was a Uterine Rupture

  10. I seriously wish that I would’ve been talked into a V back because I ended up rupturing and thank God I was at the hospital when I did because my baby survived but she was born completely gone and they had to resuscitate her because she completely detached from the placenta and her head was coming out of my rupture so she was basically drowning in my blood. I had a “crash c section) I was fully dialated and ready to push! SCARY!!

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