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What is a uterine rupture?

Pregnancy is supposed to be a happy time, but sometimes things go wrong. If you are pregnant, it is smart to understand if you are at risk for certain complications. Your Washington doctor will likely review your medical history to determine if you are at risk for a complication, such as a uterine rupture.

According to Baby Center, a uterine rupture is when the uterus tears. It can happen at any time but is most common during delivery. It requires carefully monitoring by medical professionals to catch a rupture. If not caught and handled, it could result in severe blood loss and put your health at risk.

Ruptures generally do not happen if you have no uterine scarring, such as that from a previous C-section or uterine operation. If the uterus has scar tissue, it creates a weaken spot that could easily tear during contractions or the other stress of labor and delivery. If you have had a C-section previously, your doctor should monitor you during pregnancy and delivery because you are at high risk for a rupture. This is why many women are advised to have a C-section if they have already had one instead of delivering vaginally.

You may also be at higher risk if you have had more than five children. If you have excess amniotic fluid or are pregnant with twins, your risks may also be increased. Ruptures may also occur because of a car accident or during delivery if forceps are used. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.