Uterine ruptures can happen to mothers who have previously undergone a C-section and occur where the scar has been left. The stress of contractions during labour, can lead to the scar giving way causing a rupture to the uterus (womb).
Having a uterine rupture, can take its toll physically and be emotionally traumatic. This can sometimes affect the mother’s feelings about childbirth in the future.
What are the Signs of a Uterine Rupture?
Because of the unpredictable nature of a uterine rupture, it is difficult to correctly diagnose before it arises. Therefore health professionals should follow a set protocol to safeguard the health of the mother and the baby. However, there are certain signs that a rupture may have occurred which your health care professional should spot. One of the first signs is an irregularity in a baby’s heart rate.
Common Symptoms of a Uterine Rupture
Below, we have identified some of the common uterine rupture symptoms. These symptoms do not mean that a rupture has definitely taken place however, making it challenging to determine accurately whether or not this is the case.
- Sharp pain between contractions
- Vaginal bleeding
- Pain where the previous C-section scar is
- Slower or less intense contractions
- Increased heart rate
What Happens if the Uterine Rupture isn’t Treated
If the rupture is not treated urgently it can increase the risk of haemorrhaging and could permanently damage the mother’s uterine wall, as well as present a greater risk to the baby.
Are You Entitled to Compensation?
If the signs go unnoticed or the correct procedure isn’t followed in order to monitor the situation effectively and you experience a uterine rupture, you may be able to make a claim of medical negligence and be entitled to compensation.
In our video ‘What is Medical Negligence?” Gillian Gadsby explains the kind of situations, which could lead to a claim. Watch the video here
At Gadsby Wicks, our medical negligence experts have successfully handled claims for women who have been injured because of a uterine rupture. To see a selection of our case studies, please click here.
If you think you may have suffered because you were treated negligently, please call freephone 0800 321 3112 to speak in confidence to one of our medically qualified advisers. Alternatively, please fill in your details on our easy to use online enquiry form and we will contact you.