Considering VBAC? Here’s What You Need to Know
What You Really Need to Make Recovery Easier After a C-Section, from a women’s health physical therapist
Did you have an unplanned c-section with your first babe? Are you considering attempting to have a VBAC with baby number two? While a VBAC certainly isn’t for everyone and there isn’t a one-size fits all check-list, it can be a great option for the right mama. Let’s take a look at the criteria that might set you up for the most success on your VBAC journey vs. conditions that might hinder the process according to Mayo Clinic.
Criteria that would indicate a VBAC is an appropriate option include, but are not limited to:
- Low risk pregnancy
- Pregnant with one baby (not twins)
- At least 2 years between deliveries
- Low-transverse incision from prior c-section
- Medical team with increased knowledge/experience on VBAC deliveries
Criteria that would indicate a VBAC is not an appropriate option include, but are not limited to:
- Previous delivery within 18 months
- Gestation longer than 40 weeks
- Breech positioning of baby
- Pregnant with twins
- Medial team with limited knowledge/experience on VBAC deliveries
If you’ve chatted with your healthcare provider and determined a VBAC is the right choice for you, cheers sister! We hope you’ll invite us along for the ride!
Here’s how a pelvic physical therapist help you prepare for a VBAC:
- Assess the pelvic floor muscles to make sure they are in an optimal position and state for birthing
- Assess prior c-section scar for adhesions that may be contributing to poor pelvic function
- Practice proper “push breathing” to reduce strain on pelvic floor during labor and delivery
We’d love to help you prepare your body for any way you choose to birth. The best way to prepare is to gather all your resources. Let us be a resource for you!
Birthing your baby (or babies!) via cesarean is a lot of work and you will need to recover slowly, even if some time has passed. If you have more questions, please check out this book, written exclusively for c-section mamas.
We look forward to all the ways we can support you!