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10 Common Questions About C-Section Scars By. Robin Elise Weiss, PhD, MPH. twitter; linkedin; Robin Elise Weiss, PhD, MPH is a professor, author, childbirth and postpartum educator, certified doula, and lactation counselor. Learn about our editorial process. Hearing you need to have a C-section birth can raise a lot of questions, including an army of Qs about the scarring that can happen afterwards. For the record, every woman and every delivery is a.

10 C-Section Scar Questions, Answered By MDs Most pregnant women aren’t exactly lining up to give birth via caesarian section, but C-sections happen pretty often. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 32 percent of babies delivered in the U.S. in 2017 were born via C-section. Since more than a 3rd of all babies are delivered by c-section a third of all Mamas have c-section marks. Right here are a couple of Frequently asked questions regarding one of the most common surgical scar around. 10 Common Questions About C-Section Scars.

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Determining When a Cesarean Section Is Performed. Medically reviewed by Anita Sadaty, MD Types of Anesthesia Used in Elective Cesarean Births. Whether a C-section is planned or unexpected, this procedure involves surgical incisions and the potential for scars. Learn more about the types of incisions and closures used during C-sections.

A c-section, or cesarean section, is surgical delivery of a baby through incisions in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. In some circumstances, a c-section is scheduled in advance. In others, the surgery is needed due to an unforeseen issue.

If you or your baby is in imminent danger, you’ll have an emergency c-section. How common are c-sections?C-section, or Cesarean delivery, is a common option for childbirth.

In 2016, CDC reports that 31.9% of all deliveries in the U.S. were by c section.In some cases women have this type of delivery because it is safer, even medically indicated for them. Much like C-section scars, they will heal in time. Here’s where the problem lies: C-section scars and hysterectomy scars will be there, and they may take years before they fade on their own. They’ll still leave marks, but they’ll be less visible by then. C-Section Scar Treatment After Six Weeks. After your steri-strips have fallen off or the glue used to hold your incision sites have dissolved, you can begin a c-section scar massage.

The goal of a c-section scar massage is to help the body continue to normalize the scar tissue by building more capillaries and movement to the area.

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My previous C-section scar had ruptured six of the seven sewn layers, exposing a small window.

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During the maternity period the two most common scars which will be encountered are the horizontal scar in the lower abdomen due to a caesarean section and the vertical incision in the perineum due to an episiotomy.

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(3) swelling – (i) Site (a) vertex presentations Most commonly occurs asymmetrically over the parietal region (b) Breech – over buttocks, scrotum, labia (ii) crosses suture lines and is soft (iii) Thickness is 3-4 times the normal thickness of scalp (4) Fate – Starts diminishing soon after birth.

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This C-section was very painful because I did not have the bikini-cut, I had the long scar that makes it very painful to sit up.

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Prior cesarean section scars should be observed.

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Women who have cesarean sections have more infections after the birth (usually in the uterus, bladder, or incision, and including infections resistant to antibiotics), more pain, longer recovery periods, and a greater chance of being rehospitalized.

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General considerations A. Warm, healthy skin—no scars, cuts, rashes, bruises, edematous, etc. B. Avoid previous puncture sites 1.

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The number for rupture of C-sections scars then is even smaller.

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Infants with intrauterine infection have skin vesicles or scars at birth, chorioretinitis in the first week of life, microphthalmia, and abnormal head CT.”

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The nurse visually inspects the skin over the abdomen, noting color, tone, scars, bruises, lesions, venous patterns, striae (stretch marks resulting from pregnancy or from weight loss or gain), drains, tubes, and stomas.

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  • my first c-section was 10 years ago. and I just had my second c-section 5 weeks ago. and I developed a staph infection 3 weeks after. will this benefit me? and I am experiencing the lower back pain already.

  • I never understand why people say c sections are an “easy” way or something. I’ve had two natural births and while they were hard I honestly think c section mummas are so amazing and strong!! The recovery is so much harder on them too! I would be absolutely petrified to have a c section and would be the one to be having a panic attack so anyone who can go through that to deliver their baby into this world is like a wonder woman to me!!

  • Keloid and so much itch after 3 years for me. I went to a Dermatologist and paid $80 for him to tell me to use maderma. LOL. It still itches. Round two in progress and going to try for a VBAC! Thanks for sharing your story.:)

  • Wish u haven’t mentioned the taking organ out of the body part specially when u said that u r happy u didnt know that, im having a c section and i wish i never opened this video, dislike.

  • I had bilateral DIEP FLAP reconstruction and my plastic surgeon sent me home with ZERO post operative care info, including massage.

    As a result my abdominal scar feels like a knotted rope, stapled to the back of my pelvis!
    I had the operation in Dec 2015.
    Is it too late to massage out the knots?

  • It is the best thing I have seen so thank you! I could not do it 1 month after C sectin, but now I am gratefull. How many times should I do the movements?

  • Hi, thanks for this, I’ll start once I’m 8 weeks post op, hopefully by then inflammation would have gone down…right now I’m 5 weeks post op and my scar is healing well, but I still have a lot of inflammation on my belly and around my scar. I wanted to know if it helps with the c-section pouch or shelf I was left with after my operation? I had no idea they leave you like that, I was planning for natural birth and prepared for that but end up having an emergency c-section, now I’m left with this thing and not sure what to do. Thanks.

  • I use laser hair removal, which I find so much more effective than waxing. I think my laser lady zapped my scar the first time I went back after delivery, so within eight months of delivery. I don’t know if that contributed to my scar keloiding. ��
    Have you heard of Plasma injections for getting rid of the scar?
    I love your reframing beautiful baby Vs ugly scar. ��

  • My experience was absolutely terrifying! My daughter was 5 weeks prem and I went into labour naturally. About an hour into consistent contractions her heart rate was getting super high. They decided on an emergency c-section right away as they thought she had a severe infection which was causing her heart rate to Climb so fast then decel then back etc it got up to 200bpm. They rushed me down to the operating room and said they didn’t have time for. Normal epidural type c-section I had to go under a General. It was so scary, so I missed my babies birth and my husband couldn’t be there either. I woke up and met her about 3 hours later and I tell you what waking up not knowing if your baby was ok or not was the most terrifying experience. She did end up having sepsis so she was very sick but she is fighter and is doing amazing now at 9 months. I still think natural births are much nicer recovery wise after having two natural but both are definitely a birth I don’t care what anyone says. A baby is still coming out of your body!!

  • **thank you!** I’ve been having bladder irritation/increased frequency post-laparotomy and feel like I have to pee even when I just have if I try to lie on my side… my gyno and GP didn’t have an explanation and tests haven’t shown anything. Scar tissue! Of course. I have been massaging, but not frequently enough and not the third layer. I will try this and hopefully it helps!

  • Keep this up ladies… I’ve just had my c section scar revised, which was “grossly disfiguring” after putting up with it for twenty years. I had it fixed during a TAH. I’m 6 weeks post surgery and will use scar massage this time to make sure it doesn’t happen again

  • Hi Lynn, I actually had no idea on what to do with my scar.I am diabetic pregnancy.After delivery I was being massage by an indonesian woman and I really doubt on her massaging my scar…After watching your video I am glad that I can diy myself…Thank you so much for creating this video…Yes my doctor in my country does not revealed on this massaging scar everytime I went back for checkup.

  • Asallam.u.Allikum hello…
    I have a c section one month ago n I have not had a full body massage yet. Is it necessary to have full body massage after C section

  • Thank you so much for sharing this! I had my first c section 6 weeks ago and my incision feels really tight almost like I can’t stand up straight all the way like it’s pulling. My back has been very achy (upper and lower) and when I go for a walk, my upper back in particular is really aches. I tried to run a few steps to see how it feels and it felt like I couldn’t fully extend my body, it kind of felt like I was running while folded in half, if that makes sense. Do you think this is adhesion related or should I be concerned with something else? Thank you for any insight!

  • I’m goin on my third C-section
    I wish I would have come across this video sooner

    I will be using this to my advantage about a week after surgery I will be belly binding too

  • Kind of wish I hadn’t watched this:-( i didn’t know about the fact that they remove your uterus and now I’m super freaked out by c-sections when i wasn’t before:(

  • Hello I’ve had 2 csections that formed a ton of scar and fibrosis tissue. My scar was depressed and painful even 7 years later. I just recently had surgery to get this removed. I now have a 7 inch incision. Much like a new c-section incision. I am at 3 weeks post op but have a lot of inflammation. Can I still massage my incision or do I need to wait for the inflammation to go down first? Thank you

  • My scar is exactly like yours after 10 months except a bit crooked n I feel it through clothes…. used to think I did something wrong during recovery….this video helped,

  • Just had my third c section. None were planned although my last one wasn’t going to be a natural one but she came early. It hurts. And I hate hate hate it when people say it is the easy way out. I have heard it and it makes my blood boil. It is NOT easy. It is scary. But all worth it. My kids are my world

  • This video is so disturbing…lol
    Makes my scar I have hurt just watching this video.

    I’m sorry but u can’t do these messages rite afterwards.
    It hurts so bad when they have to push on ur belly to get out the extra blood…

    I’m so nervous I just had a baby last year and now goin thru it again…good luck for me

  • My story is a lil different i went to get out the van and almost fall and it caused a ruptured membrane. Was induced and it didn’t work,my baby was in distress after 28 hours. My scar is raised a little more than yours and i hate feeling it or my husband touching it but still afraid to get rid of it. Thank you. The video really helped

  • Everybody can’t afford that…how about better procedures during the sew up on the table after delivery of the baby…or how about session included with delivery for those that have a c section with a massage therapist or pt that specializes with the scar tissue after a section…this video was not realistic or fair and all of us that feel the shame and emotional distress like this woman can’t be “treated” to this procedure and I’m in Michigan also and suffering after 3 c sections to deliver 3 boys…and I can’t afford that so now what (������������)

  • I got a wax a few months ago and it hurts near the keloid scar. Bad! Very tender. I couldn’t deal. My scar always hurts. Especially after I eat and I feel bloated. My son also steps on my stomach and that area. So I thought it didn’t heal right and it was just me. Good to know it isn’t!

  • I wish there was a video like this when I had my c-section 7 years ago. Now my scar is flat but it still itches. Now 7 years later and 2 more kids and another on the way and didn’t need another c-section for my other 2 and not going having one this time either