Most hope for the ideal - the natural birth that goes off without a hitch, but for many, a C-section is a life-saving necessity. The major operation might ensure the safety of both mom and the baby, but the recovery can be grueling and intense. Not only do you have to look after a newborn, but you've got a pretty hefty incision to take care of too. You may be swept up in the craze that comes with a new addition, but it's important to look after your scar properly - if you don't, you could be left with something far more unsightly than you want. A C-section scar is something to be worn with pride, but there are steps that new moms can take to minimize it.
Massage. Managing the scar is super important. Just like your newborn baby, it needs a little TLC. When the wound is fully closed and the stitches have been removed, gently massaging it with a treatment like Bio Oil or Solution for Scars can have an impressive effect. Solution for Scars is formulated with green tea extracts that are effective in reducing redness and irritation, while Bio Oil is hailed as a wonder treatment by moms everywhere.
Lumpy scars can be smoothed out. For many new moms, the option to rest isn't always readily available. While you can do what you can, fighting the urge to go at full speed and take care of your baby is easier said than done. Sometimes, this can result in the wound opening up slightly and healing lumpy. Don't panic, massage can help this too. Using a preferred lotion, massage the scar in the morning and at night for 3 minutes. Over time, it will help it smooth out.
Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes. It might be tempting to throw on that ol' faithful pair of jeans, but you run the risk of disrupting the healing process. Wearing loose-fitting clothes that feel comfortable and don't run across the wound will pay off in the future. Choosing materials that are breathable (like cotton) will lessen the irritation when it starts to heal.