Does anyone know what a uterine window is?

Micky - posted on 04/23/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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When I was having my 2nd c-section they told me i had a uterine window and if i would have given birth naturally it would have killed me i just wanted to know will it effect this pregnancy

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Alexis - posted on 04/23/2010

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These are the two answers I have been given regarding a uterine window. My advice is to take it cautiously and talk to your doctor about it when you decide to have another baby.



A uterine window is often a term which describes a section of the uterus which has become so thin (usually from repeated stretching/pregnancies and especially repeat surgical scars) that you can see through the tissue. Obviously, with a section of your uterus being this thin, the risk of uterine rupture with any subsequent pregnancy would be incredibly high. A rupture is when the uterus tears open and the fetus, placenta, and a lot of blood fall into the mother's abdomen. This is obviously a catastrophic event of pregnancy and has led to both fetal and maternal death.



A uterine window that is seen at the sight of a previous cesarean section scar usually is due to a weakness in the previous incision, causing a thinning of the surrounding tissue. This will probably cause more problems at the time of the next delivery and it is advisable that you do not allow yourself to go into labor. A repeat cesarean section should be performed no later than 38 weeks gestation in order to avoid going into labor and having further weakness of the scar and the risk of uterine rupture.

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Micky - posted on 04/23/2010

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Thank you alexis that was very helpful, I am pregnent now 12 week sand I just moved form fl to ga and i have a new doctor I forgot to tell them about it

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