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).
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.
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! ❤