C-sections…scar and recovery?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MrsPanda99:  I had an emergency C-section. LO is almost 2 now and the scar has minimalized greatly, still there but not so noticable as it was in the beginning. It does still destend slightly and so shaving over it can be a bit of a hassle but I have learned various techniques so I no longer have the sideways mohawk I did for a while. 🙂 It’s about 4-5 inches long and looks almost like two scars as the center of it has almost disappeared completely. If I tan for a little while it nearly completely disappears. Would have liked it to have been cut a little more straight but, LO had flatlined twice before they got her out so I appreciate the doctor not taking her sweet time on giving me a perfect cut. 

Recovery…was rough. I BF for the first 8 months. During the first 3-4 months I had to sleep on a raised bed to be closer to her bassinet as leaning up too far was painful. It was hard for me to stand up all the way even while walking for about 2 months. Very tender, like a large bruise. It was difficult wearing pants or bottoms of any kind as the fabric always rubbed against the incision. However, the hospital I birthed at had a numbing spray that they give to women who had vaginal births and tears down there that helped numb it frequently so I was able to make it work. i did need DH to help get me off the couch and out of bed for a little while. But he had done that while I was pregnant as my giant belly was always in the way so it wasn’t such an inconvenience.

I have no problems now. I was able to slowly start physical stuff such as speed walking/running long periods and even did some roller skating with my roller derby team within about 10 weeks. If I pushed too hard I knew it, tenderness and pain were accompanied, almost like my muscles down there were cramping. Now, I have no pain at all. 

Hope this helps, any questions just ask! 🙂

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MrsPanda99:  If this is the way it goes for you, don’t try to back off the pain meds too soon. They were extremely helpful and i noticed no problems with LO while breastfeeiding as I took them. At first I didn’t want to take them as often due to the risk of them being passed onto her, however, if I didn’t, the pain was horrendous. Keep ahead of the pain with them. I learned that the hard way. Also, when LO was born there were 7 other babies born at the same time. 5 of which were born completely natural and drug free. I was given the epidural before I went in for the surgery, LO was the only baby who took to breastfeeding like a champ. She had no reactions whatsoever and no problems latching on or eating. The other babies had problems latching and staying on and most were strictly formula/bottle fed before they left. 

This is not to say that it will not affect every baby differently or the other babies didn’t have any other issues going on that LO didn’t, just giving the information as it was given and experienced by me.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had a csection because dd was breach & twisted up. The csection itself isn’t bad. Took exactly 15minutes, start time 11:01, birth time 11:16. The recovery is tough, I couldn’t walk for 2 days. No solids for I think 2days. When I was finally allowed to walk I almost fell to ground trying to make it to the bathroom. When I was finally  home I needed to use a pillow to put pressure on my belly to move, sneeze, use rhe bathroom or I’d be in terrible pain. I was on serious meds, hate taking meds. Tried to go without them for a night I was crying hysterically when fi shoved them in my mouth. After about 2 weeks I was feeling better. It took about a month until i could touh my belly. I had staples which were removed after a few weeks. Can’t remember exactly how long. But the scar is barely visible. I forget about it except every once in a while it itches. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@MrsPanda99:  A friend of mine had two and her scars are minimal.  They are both below the bikini line and along a “natural line” which makes them almost invisible and covered when she wears a bikini.  Plus, her husband was in the room with her and watched the doctor seal the incisions to make sure the incisions were closed carefully to avoid scarring (her husband actually did one himself because he was a medical device rep and wanted to show the doctor how to seal with a new instrument that leaves less scarring.)

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Here’s a good one: 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MrsPanda99:  I didn’t pick, I didn’t care either way. That’s what my ob picked. The pic @beachbride1216 posted is really accurate to mine & a few of my friends who’ve had csections. 

Post # 11
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1996 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It’s gotten even less visible over the years, dd is 4 & 1/2. 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I had a c-section less than 2 weeks ago so I can’t comment on the scar yet but my incision is healing well. The doctor closed with dissolvable stitches internally and the outer layer is closed with steri-strips which fall off on their own after 1-2 weeks. I have had very little pain, it honestly felt like I had gone back to the gym after a long break and had really sore abs but my incision doesn’t cause me much discomfort unless sit slouched over too long. Other hospital had me up and walking the day after and although I was slow, I wasn’t in much pain. They also had me shower that day which I thought would sting but it didn’t. They offered me Percocet for the pain but I’ve been taking Tylenol and ibuprofen only and doing fine on that. 

The hardest part for me was getting up out of the hospital bed to pee and tend to baby because those beds are not designed for someone who had abdominal surgery to get in and out of. 

I think the level of pain and the rate of healing with vary a ton depending on the person and how much help they have at home. Luckily when I get sore my DH can step in and help while I rest. That is, until he goes back to work soon 🙁

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My sister had an emergency c-section and her scar is teeny tiny and healed great. It’s so low that you can’t even see it with a swimsuit, so literally the only time it shows is when someone (like me haha) asks to see it, or when her husband sees it because she has nothing on. 

ETA her recovery was fine as well. A little longer, more sore than a v birth, but nothing she complained too much about. 

 

This is all secondhand though.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

The scar is really not going to be noticeable, I’d take a pic, but there are pubic hairs around it so I’ll spare you 😛 haha. All of my underwear, even the super low-cut ones cover my scar up so noone will be seeing it. 🙂 I had staples, and the incision looks great, never had any issues with that, any pain I have is internal.

As for recovery, everyone is different but I am almost 4 weeks post-partum and just starting to get off the pain meds. Getting up and standing/walking ~16hrs after the surgery was REALLY painful and difficult, but the next day it was a lot easier and then after that it was fine, just had to take it easy. The worst part of recovery was the way the surgery and drugs affected my bowels – fecal impaction initally and then constipation up till this week, and the horrible gas pains. They gave me an abdominal binder at the hospital and so my stomach went down in size pretty quickly, and wearing it gives the support I need to be able to rest my baby on my stomach when nursing, etc, but things still feel a little sore inside when I don’t wear the binder.

Another annoying thing was that they pumped me up with fluids so much that my entire legs blew up in size and made it look like I didn’t have bones in my legs for about a week! But when that swelling went down, it went down farther than I think I’ve ever been so my ankles/feet look super boney lol.

It seems like everyone has a different experience – some are up and moving around and have no pain right away and others go home and can’t go up their stairs even for about 2 weeks or so. I went home from the hospital after 2 days, and they told me not to drive till 4 weeks, and no abdominal workouts till after 6 week appointment, no lifting anything heavier than my baby, etc where I don’t think vaginal birth ladies have those kind of restrictions. Overall, I am happy with how things went and I would do it again in a heartbeat. 🙂

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@dreamocracy:  OMG yes on the leg swelling.. holy moses, I had tree trunks for like 4-5 days! Forgot about that part.

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