How do I get rid of the "shelf" above my c-section scar? Does a c-section cut through your abdominal muscles? Do c-section patients have a harder recovery than vaginal births in reference to physical activity? Or just a longer road to recovery? And is a bikini cut c-section really unnoticeable?
Many women spend most of their pregnancies assuming that they will be giving birth vaginally, as doing so fits into the typical imagined scenario of having a baby. But sometimes, surgery is necessary to give the baby and mother the procedure that is the most efficient and safe for their situation. You might deliberately choose a C-section, or be surprised by the need for one.
About 1/3 of the pregnancies in the United States are delivered by c-section (cesarean section).
A C-section is a surgical procedure so there will always be some scarring, but unlike what most women think, your doctor will not be cutting through muscle with the exception of the uterus. When a C-section is performed the fascia is cut horizontally, this is a layer of soft, flexible connective tissue that acts as a sheath over these muscles. Then the abdominal rectus muscles are separated from one another and moved to the side, they are very rarely cut. One of the best descriptions, without being too scientific, but still providing the full picture of a c-section can be seen here.
A transverse (horizontal) cut—the so-called Bikini Cut C-Section—actually causes fewer complications. Since it is below your bikini line it will be far less noticeable than a longitudinal (vertical) incision.
If you had a C-section some exercises could bother your incision site, so back off until you are ready and only do exercises you are completely comfortable doing. If you feel some discomfort try saying "hut" while doing the work. And/or support your abdominal area with a pillow for more comfort. You should be able to exercise around the 6 week postpartum appointment when your doctor releases you. You will just need to start out a little slower than if you had a vaginal delivery. And you may feel numbness for a few months after your procedure. Why? Your nerves were cut and will take a bit to recover.
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