SONY DSCToday, I’m talking about c-sections, and in particular, what recovery is like following one.

 

Even if you personally haven’t had a c-section yourself, perhaps someone you know has done, so please do feel free to forward this article on to those close to you to help educate them about what recovery is like post c-section – I’m sure they’d welcome the information.

 

Regardless of whether you’ve had a baby naturally or via c-section, so, let’s face it, in the first few months after birth, I’m thinking you’ll have been more than busy looking after your newborn baby!  I’m here to remind you though, that it’s vital that you look after your c-section scar in the first few months after delivery, so keep reading to ensure you’re recovering safely.

 

Several postnatal clients who come to my postnatal fitness/Pilates classes following a section procedure find that their scar site gets infected at some point or another.  It’s more common than you think, and to be honest, the last thing you need is an infection when your newborn baby really needs you.

 

So, let me start off with a short checklist of when to seek medical advice if you’re concerned about your c-section scar.

 

Any significant changes in the scar site itself should be monitored, such as:

 

  • unusual discharge
  • redness
  • pain
  • bleeding
  • swelling or,
  • redness

 

Postnatal-124If you’re at all concerned about your c-section scar and if you notice any of the above, then seek medical advice from your Doctor/healthcare provider.  It’s better to be safe than sorry.

 

If you’d like to know what recovery is like after delivering your baby via c-section, these symptoms are quite commonly associated with c-section scar recovery:

 

  • Hard ridge on scar – Along the line of the incision, you may feel a hard ridge, which should gradually soften as time goes by.

 

  • Numbness – The area will be numb and will remain so for some time with several never regaining complete feeling back in the scar site itself.

 

  • Tightening sensation – Sometimes also accompanied by a slight pulling sensation, deeper down, particularly around the two end points of your scar.

 

  • Itching – This is normal around the scar site, but try not to scratch, as this could cause an infection

 

And there you have it.  If you’d like some practical hints and tips on caring for your c-section scar, reducing your risk of infection and avoiding that c-section overhang of excess skin, then, I’ll cover these topics in a later article.

 

Of course, if you have a direct question relating to any of the topics covered in today’s piece, do get in touch, and if you’d like a printable worksheet which shows you step-by-step how to recover safely from a c-section, click here.

 

Bye for now.