Going for a C-section, irrespective of fact whether it is planned or not, is a common concern for women. Evidently most women are focused on the after- effects that the c-section has on them even as compared to the pain they experience due to surgery. C-section is shorter and an easier term used to refer to Caesarean section which is a surgery performed during delivery of the baby. This surgery includes one or sometimes even more surgical incisions to be made through pregnant lady’s womb to deliver baby. Caesarean section is also sometimes done in unfortunate scenarios such as late-term abortion, hysterotomy abortion, etc.
C-section is often performed when there is a risk to mother’s or baby’s life due to any particular delivery complication. However, nowadays it is also done based on request despite of possibilities of normal child birth. The rate of caesarean done to deliver babies has increased tremendously as compared to yesteryears. Medical experts have realized that voluntarily selected caesarean can prove to be harmful for the mother as well as the child, sometimes causing fetal consequences. Hence, it is crucial to set guidelines to allow this type of surgery for child- birth. However, while performing the surgery doctor are also aware of the aftermath, a scar that will be left behind. Hence, they ensure to perform their best and try to have a minimal opening for delivery. However, there are few things that one can do to minimize C- section scar.
Initial care for C- section scar
Caring for your C-section scar starts immediately after delivering the baby. The nurses will monitor dressing regularly and see how it responds to treatment. Once you are out of the hospital and dressing is removed you can ensure to gently clean the area with soft cloth while taking a shower. You should not rub the area hard as it may affect the formation of the scab. You should also monitor the surgical wound for any anomalies such as infection, redness, swelling, etc. You should inform this to your doctor or nurse as soon as possible so that appropriate treatment can be used. You should walk for a little while if permitted by your doctor; also pay attention towards your nutritional requirements.
You should strictly avoid overstretching the C- section wound and keep it from strains. It is essential to pay extreme attention towards the wound for at least 6 weeks. If you exert pressure on the wound then it may cause excruciating pain and the recuperating skin may be torn again. This may cause more scar tissue to form. When the wound is covered completely then you can start applying topical lotions on the wound after consulting your doctor. You should not apply pressure on the wound but gently apply the cream. This will help in reducing the scar over time. Since, it is the initial stages of complete recovery of the wound it will have good results. The best time to start using creams is after the wound is covered but has not turned silver.
You can also benefit from massaging the area gently after it is healed. Usually, massaging should be start after six weeks from the surgery. It is not advised to massage the surgery spot any sooner as it may slow down the healing process. During the healing process the tissue will develop random pattern of fiber in any direction. These fibers may stick with other organs and fascia. These tissues may also cause adhesion in the abdomen. In case of C- section such unwanted adhesion is common. Massaging your scar after six weeks allows symmetrical development of tissues which may not adhere to other tissues or structures surrounding the scar.
How C- section scar appears
C-section in some cases may not be visible generally, because they are often made in close proximity with pubic hairline. This scar will initially appear reddish or pinkish for several months. It may eventually turn paler, flatten and fade away. Some females may have a scar that appears to be bigger, thicker, elevated and prominent scar. In some women these scar may not be visible while in others they may be quite obvious.
Try to eat right food in right amount to help your body generate healthy tissues to cover-up the wound. Maintain hygiene of the scar and ensure to prevent infection. Strictly prohibit yourself from lifting heavy objects and avoid big movements.
Once you have had a C-section you will not be able to have normal vaginal pregnancy later in life. Though in 99% cases the scar heals well and is strong to endure the pressure and stretching of next pregnancy, there are scanty chances of tearing of scar during delivery. Hence, to prevent risk of such occurrences, doctors suggest C-section. The caesarean incision will be made on the same spot as earlier.
C-Section Scar – Pictures of incision