I just found out I have to have a c-section and was wondering how bad the scar is!! I'm terrified!

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Lizzette - posted on 04/30/2009

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c-section is not so bad...though it scared the crap out of me. but think of it this way, after the surgery...you will finally meet your precious little angel. :) that was what my husband told me. and the scar? it's on the bikini line and it's not too long.

Jessi - posted on 04/29/2009

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I promise you, it isn't as bad as you make it out to be in your head!

I had to have an emergency c-section this past September. I was scared out of my mind. But it isn't bad at all. I was up walking around later that day. You'll be a little sore for a while, but it isn't bad.

The scar is a little faint line on just below your bikini line, can't even see it!

Good luck!

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Bridget - posted on 05/07/2014

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I had an emergency c sec with my first 4 years ago and it took about 2 weeks to heal. Had a repeat with my second child 2 years ago and it took 6 weeks to heal. I have no scar. Can't even tell where I was cut.

Monique - posted on 05/09/2009

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I had an emergency c-section 7 months ago, it healed quite fast and you can hardly see the 10 cm scar.

Teneshia - posted on 05/08/2009

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I also had a c-section with both my boys. C-section back in the day when our parents had babies c-section they would cut in the middle of their stomache. Very noticable when you wear a swimsuit. I guess I have to honestly say I have friends that are grossed out by stretch marks and c-sections, I am not because they are the scars of my beautiful boys that I have now. I think once you see your baby after the c-section which you are awake the whole time no scar, no nothing will matter, because your baby is in your arms now. Good Luck.

Briana - posted on 04/30/2009

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i had a c section 8 months ago now and its still pretty red no feeling there yet either, just say yes to drugs while you are in hospital!!! take panadol at home and let everyone help lots!!! the scar is nothing really

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It is not that bad. I had one and it is under my bikini line. The healing process was not bad at all for me. They will want you to walk around the next day and I suggest you do it if you can. Getting in and out of bed will be hard a first but it wont be like that for long. Good luck

Jenny - posted on 04/30/2009

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I just had my first baby in february and ended up with an emergency c-section. If your doctor is good the scar isnt really that bad and you shouldnt be able to see it if you get back into a bikini someday. However it looks worse than it really is right after its done and you see it for the first time. Just remember that your body will be shrinking back to its close to normal size, with that the scar will shrink too. DO NOT put vitamin E oil on it at ALL until FULLY HEALED. Vitamin E oil thins out the skin and you want your skin to thicken and heal so no oil until dr says.

Holly - posted on 04/29/2009

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its not that bad at all very thin and if you do you can still wear a bikini i think its a more sane way to have a baby, healing process its sore but just go slow and take it as easy as you can.

Stacey - posted on 04/28/2009

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I had a Csection almost 2 1/2 years ago, and i don't even notice it much, I have a bigger problem with my stretch marks! I think my scar healed up in about a month or so, and faded with time

Kate - posted on 04/28/2009

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Oh, and the healing process is longer than that of a vaginal birth. It takes about 8-10 weeks. I suggest you get up and walk as often as you're able to in the hospital and DON'T lay around. Otherwise, you'll regret it when you get home. I know I did. My nurses didn't once ask me if I wanted to go for a walk or anything. I had staples and got them taken out before I left the hospital and then had the "butterfly" sticky things to be sure my incision was held together when I got home. I wasn't to take them off until they came off on their own, but they didn't come off on their own...so I took them off. My incision didn't smell foul and, I admit, I went out and bought some "Granny panties" because my regular, bikini style, panties hurt to wear due to them rubbing on the incision. Don't worry too much though, just take it easy but don't be too lazy, otherwise it'll take longer to heal.

Kate - posted on 04/28/2009

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I had a C-Section with my son. I wasn't worried about my scar at all but I assure you, as long as your doctor does the surgery great and stitches or staples you good then your scar won't be a problem. Not only that, but the scar is right at your bikini line so it will not even be noticeable. If I were you, I wouldn't worry too much about the scar. If people judge you from a scar, they're worse off than you are!!

Katie - posted on 04/28/2009

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I had a c-section for my second child, and i think it depends on the doctor. I had an awesome doctor, and my scar is not bad a all!!! Also, I think that using the right kinds of lotions they talk about helps too..

Katrina - posted on 04/28/2009

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I forgot to tell you, I didn't have staples. They stitched me up with dissolvable thread. It was the same thread they used on my uterus.

Katrina - posted on 04/28/2009

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I had my son through c-section 5 months ago. The first 2 months was the worst because I couldn't wear my pants where the incision was. During the healing process, it didn't smell too good, but they told me that prior. It was purple at first, like any other scar, but as time has gone by the color is changing to skin tone. Its not that bad and very discreet, so nothing to be worried about.

Dawn - posted on 04/28/2009

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couple things I forgot for post-op! one do not sleep in ur bed on your back! it is so hard to get up bc your belly muscles are not as strong as use to be! I had a reaction to the anistetic and my nose and lips itched so bad just take benedryll if it happens. You will get gas pretty bad, buy mylanta. on the way home from hospital have someone bring your pillow and put it across your tummy when in the car and press against belly! helps great when your driver hits those bumps that just seem to be worse that day! LOL!

Dawn - posted on 04/28/2009

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Honey let me tell you it is nothing!! I had two of them and my scar is as if you took a pencil and made a line!! thats it. and my panties cover it so bathing suits and everyhting will cover it. The only advise I have is ask your doc to use the glue instead of staples. Staples arent real painful, but your skin grows around it and then have to make appt to get them out etc. where they glue it your done thats it!! Very scary first time, but its not as bad as it seems when all over! good luck to you! :)

Jesenia - posted on 04/28/2009

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c-section isn't that scary... i had an emergency c section in april 08 and am having a planned c section in May of this year.. only 13 months apart!! My scar can barely be seen. BUT my mother also had 2 c sections but this was in the 80s and u can clearly see she had a csection but i believe that modern technology has caused my mother to be jealous of my scar.. or lack of one... compared to hers... and i feel fine going into another surgery in only a few days... one thing though i don't know if it was just me... but i couldn't move after my surgery... in any direction without pain.. i had gas too which didn't help at all... having air push against a fresh incision isn't necessarily pleasant... it was hell for me to get from the bed to the bathroom... and i didn't even hold my daughter until the day after she was born but that was also becuase she went straight to the nicu.. I wouldn't be too worried though... my scar is barely noticable.. and lets say you have to go through another one... they'll most likely use the same incision! Well, Good Luck and don't' worry

Chelsea - posted on 04/28/2009

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The scar is not bad at all; im 22 and had my second daughter with a c-section; the scar is fading all ready and she's 4months, you'll be more worried about trying to loose the swollen belly; and how you need to be laying in bed for recovery for a week or so; take it easy and dont stress, it's not as bad at you think it would be, I got an emergency c-section; so I had no prep time, and if we have another one; Id do the c-section again.
Hope this helps
-Chelsea

Kristi - posted on 04/28/2009

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I had one about 4 years ago and you can hardley tell it is there anymore!!! They also cut way below your bikini line so you won't even notice. During the recovery be careful when sneezing or coughing, because that can hurt and also wear a pad along the top of your panties so that there don't rub the incision. I found that really comfortable.

Natalie - posted on 04/28/2009

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its not that bad i found out the nyt i was avin my lil boy cause he was breech i was scared but its nothin 2 worry about u cant feel nethin while u avin a c section get ur birthin partner 2 speak 2 bout diffrent things my bf did wiv me n it worked

Rosetta - posted on 04/28/2009

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Well its not bad at all I had one last year and they cut you on your bikini line and no one can even see it dont worry!

Heidi - posted on 04/28/2009

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I had a c-section back in June 2004. The scar is barely visible, aside from a 1-inch long area on the far left side of the original where it split, became infected and had to be re-stitched. Be careful getting out of bed/out of chairs the first couple weeks. I couldnt stand just sitting around the house doing nothing and tore the incision open, causing the above mentioned infection (which really wasnt all that serious).

Brenda - posted on 04/28/2009

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Not bad at all! It's been almost 2 years since I had my c/s, and the scar is so faint. I didn't use Mederma or anything else to reduce the scar. It's also in such an inconspicuous place that it's not noticable to anyone but me and my husband.

Andrea - posted on 04/28/2009

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Hi there. My son was delivered via emergency c-section. The physician did a bikini incision, and it was closed with internal dissolving stitches and then staples and stitching on the exterior. My incision healed wonderfully and I was walking by noon the next day. Granted that the staples don't feel very kind for the first bit, somewhat frankenstein-ish but they are removed within a week so it's not that bad. You should be resting within that time anyways.

Don't feel too scared. Most physicians are quite experienced with the surgery and have developed great skills at performing it. Just make sure to insist on knowing the available incisions, closing options (Staples, stitches, etc.) and ask about the Doctor's experience with the procedure. If you know any mothers who have had him/her before ask them about their experience with them.

I hope everything goes well. Don't worry. The anesthesia that they give you makes it feel like nothing more than someone taking their hand and briskly wiggling your stomach. I felt no pain or feelings for that matter other than the pressure I described like someone pressing your tummy and moving about. :)

Good Luck. God Bless. :D

Caitlin - posted on 04/28/2009

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Ask how they'll close the incision, my Dr. did internal stitches with glue to close the surface. Healed really quick, and like everyone is saying, it's just a little line. My first baby was emergency and they actually did an incision from my belly button down, and they closed that with staples, now I have a "zipper" going down my stomach... not attractive at all.

Anna Marie - posted on 04/28/2009

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OMG seriously not bad at all i barely see my scar it almost looks like a crease in your skin

Heather - posted on 04/28/2009

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I had a c-section with my son and the scar is barely noticeable. It's pretty thin, and right along the bikini line. It'll be pretty dark right after the surgery, but it fades over time. My son is 10 months next week and it's completely faded down. Healing depends on you, but I was up and about within a day, and feeling pretty much normal after a couple of weeks. Just take it slow, and listen to your body. Make sure you get up out of bed and start walking as soon as you feel up to it though, because it helps with the healing process. I was given Advil for the pain, and only really needed it for the first week. Have someone to help you with getting dressed after your first shower, as putting on pants during the first couple of days is tricky! Oh, and I'm still numb around the scar because they had to cut superficial nerves during the surgery. Nothing to worry about, and after a while, you barely even notice. Good luck and enjoy your little one when he/she arrives!

Dora - posted on 04/28/2009

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I had a cs almost a year ago and it isn't even noticeable, I was in the hospital for a little over 30 hours and went home, I was in a little pain but fine just on Motrin and as for the pain of breastfeeding it is only bad for a few days, I used little gel packs to put on your nipples seemed to help and also Hot Hot water from showering seem to make it alot better also use a lanolin nipple cream before and after you nurse it helps you from chapping and cracking
Good luck with your new baby I hope you enjoy every moment as I have it is a beautiful experience to be a mama best of luck and Congratulations!!!

April - posted on 04/28/2009

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It's not that bad...I have had 2 c-sections. It has been a year and the scar is fading out a little. The healing took me about 2 months.

Tiffany - posted on 04/28/2009

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Quoting Deidre:

Frances - I have heard that for some people the numbness never goes away. Nerves are severred when they do the surgery and sometimes they just don't, reconnect if that makes sense. I have numbness in some of my incision. Sometimes it feels really hot too, just frickin' weird lol cause of the nerve thing.



Hi!
I had a c-section 8months ago. and my scar area is still numb. I think that it will just be that way for life. It feels like it's "asleep". I'll give you an example..my Mother-in-Law.. her c/s scar is still numb.. and her youngest is 21 !!
Its not that bad though. It is hands down my favorite scar!!

Mindy - posted on 04/28/2009

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Hi There, I have had 3 c-sections in five years. I am fine and the scare is good to. You cant really see it. And as for the pain its really not that bad. They'll give you stuff to go home with, i've never needed it but you will have it just in cause. Good luck.

P.s just think after its all done you'll have your little baby -clean- and healthy.

Julie - posted on 04/28/2009

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Not bad, mine is only about 3.5 inches and it fades more and more each day (bikini cut, the horizantal cut takes much longer

Krista - posted on 04/28/2009

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Oh yeah and take ask if you can take a shower before they have you walk around. It REALLY makes a difference. It loosens muscles and everything so that walking doesnt hurt so bad. Trust me!!!

Krista - posted on 04/28/2009

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I have had 3 c-sections and you cant even see my scar it goes away quick. I guess maybe depending on your doctor. Dont be scared its not bad at all!

Lauren - posted on 04/28/2009

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oh and BTW you will get morphine after you have the c-section, i am just letting you know how i reacted and everyone is different, but i slept the entire first day my son was born and didn't get a lot of bonding time, and barely remember ANYTHING, and if could take it back i would. i would ask them to just give me pain relievers so i could have bonded with my little boy

Lauren - posted on 04/28/2009

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the scar isn't bad at all, infact my husband can't even see it anymore. The only thing that sucks about a c-section is the healing process, but take those Loratabs they give you b/c the pain goes away after 30 min and u can get up and do whatever u need for your baby. I was on them constantly for the first 2 weeks, when you reach the third it gets better.

Marie - posted on 04/28/2009

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It's not bad at all. I had a c-section with my son last Aug. and you can hardly tell that there is a scar. The recovery was even pretty easy too. I heard it was going to be horrible, but it wasn't that bad. You'll be surprised how quickly your baby will be here when you have a c-section. Hope that helped, good luck!

Selena - posted on 04/28/2009

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my scar isn't bad, but be careful after because I ended up getting an incisional hernia. That hurt worse. I've had 2 surgeries to repair it (the last with mesh) and it still came back :( I'm now pregnant ( not planned) and it hasn't been easy! So please take care of yourself...I wouldn't wish this on anyone!

Shannon - posted on 04/28/2009

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Hi Dee. i had to have an emergency c section cause my little girl was breech. That was nearly 6 months ago and the scar is healing well. It is still numb and sometimes a little sore (when she jumps on it) but i was even amazed at how much is dissapears. The docs and midwifes were surprised how quick it healed and how mobile i was but i do suggest u take it easy when ppl tell u to. I came home to a messy house so cleaned like mad and split the wound a little and was in agony the next day. As far as drugs i was given a morphine with the surgery which apparently is done as a suppository (i denied n e more) and was only givin panadol for the remaning 3 days i was in. Good luck you will be fine.

Nicola - posted on 04/28/2009

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my scar you can barely see, I had a c-section just over 2 yrs ago with my son & the scar is fine, healed quite quickly, the stiches were out after 5 days. It's very thin and I dont really notice it at all!

I healed very quick too, prob felt back to normal(ish) after about 2 wks, its the bleeding after that takes to longest to stop(for me anyway)

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I have had 3 c-sections. All three times my doctor used the same incision. He did give me pain killer.. i cant remember what it was called. Make sure you get something thats safe for breastfeeding. My scar is really faint. you cant even see it. :)

LaToya - posted on 04/27/2009

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I had a c-sectiion with both of my kids. The scar is not big at all. Its a bikini cut you wont really be able to see it.

Jessica - posted on 04/27/2009

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i just had a c-section 9 weeks ago... the scar is practically invisible, its not bad really... and ive never been so proud to have a scar (love my lil girl!)... the only bad thing for me, so far, is that it seems there's a perminant fold in my skin, like the extra lbs i gained hang over the scar like a flap of skin, boo hoo... :)



as long as you get up and walk around absolutely as soon as you can feel your legs again (i had a spinal) your healing should be quite quick... and if you feel the need, you can ask the drs for percocet (if you feel alright about taking it) just tell them when your pain hits a 7 on the scale... thats what i did. and now since the hospital only keeps c-section patients for 48 hrs, i was walking around the mall the day after i got home :) it was nice not to be stuck in a bed!

Natasha - posted on 04/27/2009

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I had a c-section march 13th and it is red but it is healing nicely and the reddness is going away little by little. It is just a tiny red line on the bikini area. For the pain they gave me ibprofine but i did not think the pain was that bad at all...remember to take it easy. Good luck

Kathryn - posted on 04/27/2009

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i have had 3 and they really aint that bad they fade after a little bit of time

Norma-Jean - posted on 04/27/2009

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not bad and it doesn't not hurt at all and after you'll have your baby with no labor pain

Tricia - posted on 04/27/2009

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I had a c-section with my twins. It ended up being a relief! The scar was a little red to begin with but healed and within in a month or two it was just a little line. Now 3 years later it looks like a scratch mark. Hardly noticable.

Nicole - posted on 04/27/2009

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My doctor told me that the severity of a person's scar depends on the amount of collagen that a person's body produces.

The more collagen your body produces, the thicker your scar will be.

It's been about 3 months since my second c-section and apparently my body produces more collagen then most so my scar is thicker and raised, but I didn't get any stretch marks and my doctor told me, "People that produce more collagen have a tendency to have less wrinkles and younger looking skin when they are older!"

I'm happy with that!!

Caroline - posted on 04/27/2009

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Just a suggestion, but I slept on the couch for extra support for 4 weeks after my c-section. It is hard to lay in bed after and I got much better sleep with hardly any pain by sleeping on the couch.

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