C section incision

Cristina - posted on 07/22/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I had a c section just about 5 weeks ago (#2) and I just started feeling better the past couple of weeks. My incision seems to be healing well, but yesterday I noticed that one one side it is red and possibly a bit more swollen. This is definitly the side that my dr was on during the c section. My whole abdomen is still swollen and sensitive but no severe pain, no oozing and no fever or flu like symptoms. We have had a few days of extreme heat in New England so I wonder if it is just bc of the heat? Anyone had a similar experience? I am hoping not an infection bc I feel fine! Going to call the dr in a few but thought i would ask you all as well for personal experiences!!!

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/22/2011

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Oh, and the swelling of your abdomen can be normal...even with a vaginal birth. Everything needs time to get back to where it was. Major surgery like a c section really does take time to heal.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/22/2011

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Christina I am in Massachusetts....97 degrees right now...ugh.

It takes a long time to heal, and yes the heat can contribute to swelling. To be on the safe side, def still call your doctor.

Just as a warning, I still have weird feelings from my c section...and it was 5 years ago. I did have a VBAC 15 months ago, and it seems to have gotten better, but my nerves are dead, and it is really uncomfortable when it is touched. I have to make sure I wear the right underwear, cause if it hits my c section scar, it is almost painful. It did take me a solid 1 1/2 years to completely recover from it also. I think for a solid 8 months I still had pain. But everyone is different. i have known people to say they have never had the problems that I have encountered.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/22/2011

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Christina I am in Massachusetts....97 degrees right now...ugh.

It takes a long time to heal, and yes the heat can contribute to swelling. To be on the safe side, def still call your doctor.

Just as a warning, I still have weird feelings from my c section...and it was 5 years ago. I did have a VBAC 15 months ago, and it seems to have gotten better, but my nerves are dead, and it is really uncomfortable when it is touched. I have to make sure I wear the right underwear, cause if it hits my c section scar, it is almost painful. It did take me a solid 1 1/2 years to completely recover from it also. I think for a solid 8 months I still had pain. But everyone is different. i have known people to say they have never had the problems that I have encountered.

Jenn - posted on 07/22/2011

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The outside of a csection incision heals much faster than inside. You may even experience sharp pains at the incision site in coming weeks as the nerve endings heal. As long as it is still closed and no oozing, you should be fine. Good idea to have it checked out just in case. Scar tissue can also build up unevenly.

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