Experts in reproductive health have warned that conceiving six months after undergoing a caesarean section could lead to uterine rupture .
They said what many couples interpret as delayed conception after CS is usually medically -based advice for women not to get pregnant too early to safeguard against uterine rupture .
According to MSD Manual , an online platform for gynaecology and obstetrics , uterine rupture is the spontaneous tearing of the uterus that could result in the foetus being expelled into the peritoneal cavity .
It explained that the condition is rare and can happen during late pregnancy or active labour , and occurs often along healed scar lines in women who have had prior caesarean deliveries .
The experts , Dr . Joy Agbara , a consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital , Ikeja ; and Dr . Adeyemi Okunowo, a consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologists at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital , Idi – Araba , said women are usually advised to wait for at least two years after CS before conceiving , to allow for the scar to heal effectively .
According to Agbara , women who had especially their first child through CS are advised to wait between 15 to 24 months before embarking on another pregnancy .
“ This is for their wellbeing and that of the child , ” she said .
She , however , said the timing might vary, as reproductive experts could decide on different waiting time .
“ Some say the wait between the last delivery and the next delivery should not be less than 15 months ; while others may say the time between the last delivery and the next conception should not be less than 12 months .
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“ But in all, what we advise is that women should wait for at least two years.
“The essence of asking a woman to wait a while before conceiving is to allow the scar to heal , especially for a woman who is just having her first child .
“ This is so because , with CS , you are making a cut or incision on a woman’ s abdomen and the uterus .
Time should be allowed for proper healing so that the integrity of the scar is there.
“A clean wound , like that of a CS done as an elective, with all things being equal , is expected to heal within one to three months .
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