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I had a c-section a few months ago and I heard that you can go
to a physical therapist who can help w/ the scar. Can anyone
recommend a physical who specializes in this and is in the
Alta Bates medical group or Hills Physicians medical group?
Unless you're having signficant pain or mobility problems, you
probably will not be able to get a referral to a PT if you have
an HMO. But you can help your C scar with self massage
techniques. You can start after your incision has completely
healed, about 4 to 6 weeks postpartum.
With massage oil on your fingers/scar, press down on one end and
gently stroke the length of your scar. Aim for a slight stretch,
no pain. Then stabilize the other side, and stroke in the
opposite diection. Due to recent news regarding harmful
chemicals in personal care products containing scents, use a
scent free oil.
You can also massage across the length of your scar, gently
rolling up and down.
After your scar has become more elastic, you can lift the scar
off you skin a bit, and roll the scar around you fingertips.
Scar mobilization techniques help eliminate adhesions, which
eases discomfort, and helps to speed healing. Because the skin
has been cut, it's normal to feel tenderness around the incision
As to scar fading creams, they do work, but ask your OBGYN if
they are safe for nursing moms.
Yes, there are physical therapy services available after
C-section. It might be difficult to find someone in the Hills
Physican Group that specializes in pre- and postnatal care. You
can check with your OB office and see if they can recommend an
office that accepts your insurance but often times you are on
your own to do the research.
Don't assume that any PT office is capable of addressing your
issue. The early postpartum stage is a specialty area and not
all PT offices are experienced with this patient population.
Ask questions about Women's Health experience and specialty
areas when contacting an office.
Postpartum treatment plans for C-section include gentle
mobilizations of the abdomen, therapetic exercises to the deep
abdominal muscles and pelvic floor education. If it is only
incisional considerations, you will not need many visits and
should be given a detailed home exercise program.
You can also check out www.partummemom.com for details.
Yes, Pat Scott at Physical Therapy Associates of San Ramon
helped me with min C Section scar....16 years after the fact AND
that I never knew was part of my problems.
Louise, a happy patient of Pat's
Hello, I am 35 and trying to get pregnant for the first time. After reading most studies available from
reputable institutes, discussing with two ob/gyns and speaking with about 7 different friends that have
had babies in the last few years I have decided that my choice for giving birth is by a c-section.
After initial counseling my ob/gyn is very willing to do this but my insurance will not cover it which for
me pretty much means that the option doesn't exist.
Does anyone have any recommendations for health insurance providers what are willing to cover at least the
amount they would have spent on a vaginal birth? I hear that this is how it works in Taiwan, if you
request a c-section in the absence of a medical complication, you pay the difference in the cost of a c-
section and a vaginal birth out of pocket.
With all due respect, I am not looking for advice on the method of delivery (vaginal Vs a c-section), just
information about health insurance. Particularly, does anyone know which major health insurance provider
in California covers the costs, at least partly?
I was also interested in a C-section for my first birth and I had to give up the wish. My ins.
companies (mine and my spouse's) said it could only be done if the OB deemed the procedure as,
''medically necessary.'' At any rate, (ironically enough), I ended up HAVING to have a
C-section w/ my first - a singleton (over 10 LBS) because I could not get her out after
pushing for over 2 hrs. The OB could see her big head but I could not pass it. So, in that
case, my ins. company did pay.
What you might want to consider doing is asking your OB to write a letter to the ins. company
requesting a C-section. I never did think about this but it might work (? )
We did IVF w/ this last pregnancy and I ended up w/ twins. In this case, I could have had a
C-section but I decided not to. When it all was said and done - I ended up (for myself, it's
all personal preference) deciding that I really prefered a vaginal birth. So, I ended up
having a VBAC w/ my twins. However, if you did get pregnant w/ twins your ins. company would
very likely pay for a c-section.
Hope this helps ! KA
I am pregnant with my first child and am seriously considering a
primary elective c-section for a variety of reasons. I have read
the other posts and they all seem to focus on VBACs and
mandatory C/S's. I am looking for advice from those who have had
only a C/S, those who have had an elective C/S, and those who
have had both vag deliveries and C/S's. Would you have the C/S
again if given the choice, and what were the pros and cons for
you? I am a NICU registered nurse, have attended hundreds of
deliveries of both types, and am well aware of the risks of both
types of deliveries. Therefore, i'm not looking for statistics
or education from laypeople, just for stories and advice.
Big fan of western medicine
I work as a postpartum nurse,
and the recovery from a c-section is usually SO much harder than
that from a vaginal delivery. In my own case, I delivered my
baby at home and felt FANTASTIC almost instantly after he was
born. Choosing major surgery, its inherent risks (anesthesia,
hemorrhage, infection, other complications, not to mention post-
op pain), and the risks for the baby (respiratory primarily),
etc., when you could have a vaginal delivery which is so much
better and easier for you and the baby, easier to initiate
breastfeeding and care for the baby afterward . . . I just can't
see what an elective primary c-section has going for it. Yes,
the labor was painful, but it was also a transformative, once
(or twice)-in-a-lifetime experience that I wouldn't trade for
anything. Good luck with your decision.
I have had both a c-section and a vaginal delivery (VBAC). The
decision you are facing is intensely personal and only you can
decide what is right for you. Having said that, I will share my
story. My vaginal delivery was the most incredible experience
of my life, I would not trade it for anything. Despite having
pushed for nearly 2 hours and tearing, my recovery from my
vaginal delivery was so much better than it was with my C-
section and I didn't have a lot of problems after my C-section.
I went home after my C-section without any pain medication
feeling really good. Once I was home, getting in and out of
bed, the couch etc. was really difficult and within a day I was
calling the doctor for Vicadin. After my vaginal delivery I was
up moving around the next day and was walking around the zoo
with my older daughter a week after my delivery.
You will get a lot of opinions on this subject, but I have gone
through both types of deliveries and I know the experience is
very different. I felt really disconnected to the birth process
with the C-section. I know that I gave birth to my first child,
but I never felt like I did. My experience with the vaginal
delivery was the exact opposite. It was intense, incredible,
empowering and actually bringing a little life in to the world
If you are having a healthy, normal pregnancy I would strongly
encourage you to seriously consider why you are thinking about
an elective C-section. There are risks involved with either
delivery and your role as a NICU nurse has given you a unique
perspective, I know because I am in health care too and have
spent time in the nurseries. It is important to remember that
the majority of vaginal deliveries turn out just fine. Good
luck with your decision and your new family.
I have three children - and three pretty different birth
experiences. First and third vaginal delivery - first with
minimal drugs, third with none. Middle one was an
emergency c-section due to fetal distress.
I had relatively easy pregnancies and births (c-section not
withstanding) and generally good recoveries - no horror
stories. But I would never have a c-section unless there is
a really compelling medical reason to. I found my recovery
much slower after a c-section and the fact that both my
husband and I had to focus so much energy on my recovery
that we would rather be focusing on the new baby.
And it really is an incredible experience to bring your child
into the world with as little outside intervention as possible.
I was never fanatical about it and had all mine in the
hospital. But in many ways - the last one which was
completely natural - was the best . It is one of the proudest
accomplishments of my life.
Mom of 3
I have had both a c-section and a natural birth (vbac) and I
would never, ever again have a c-section again unless absolutely
necessary. The recovery was awful. It was months until I felt
like myself again. I was in so much pain, I will never forget
it. It was almost a week before I could even walk. Sitting up
was unbearable. I am left with a permanent 'pouch' on my belly,
with an indent in the middle. I gained 50 lbs very quickly
because I was unable to walk easily, let alone do any other kind
of exercise. I was practially bedridden for 2 months. I've
lost the weight now, but still have a permanent 'pouch' on my
belly, with an indent in the middle. And my belly sticks out
farther on the right than on the left.
My VBAC on the other hand, was incredible. I actually tore
pretty badly but I felt fine in a week. Walking was difficult
at first b/c of my stitches, but once they dissolved I was able
to function pretty much as usual. I recovered far, far faster.
Not to mention the joy I felt at birthing my baby naturally and
being well able to take care of him and breastfeed immediately.
The benefits of the vbac far outweighed the 'convenience' of c-
section, which was not convenient at all.
just my experience
I ended up having a C-section after a long labor and it wasn't
as bad as I expected. I was extremely worn out after the labor
but I don't think I was any worse for the wear than some of my
friends who had vaginal deliveries.
My doctor suggested that if we were to have more children, that
I should probably elect to have another C-section. I would
strongly consider it again because some of the reasons that
necessisitated the first C-section would probably present
It sounds like you have witnessed lots of births but I wished I
had heard more positive C-section stories when I was in labor.
Ultimately what matters most is the health of mom and baby. Be
I ended up having an emergency c-section with my daughter, who is
now 3 1/2. I was induced, dilated fine, but her heart rate was dropping
and she was wedged under my pelvic bone. I could've pushed her out
eventually, but three hours into pushing, with her heart rate dropping so
dramatically and after trying to suction her out, I was rushed into surgery
for an emergency c-section. At the time, I was not sad or bummed out at
all that I had a c-section. My baby was alive and healthy.
Fast forward two and a half years from her birth and I was pregnant with
baby #2. I lost this baby at 14 weeks in which the baby basically just fell
out of me. Everyone, including my doctor, told me that it was ''just one of
those things,'' but the way my miscarriage happened seemed so
different from any other miscarriage I heard about or read about on the
web. Mine was painless, no contractions, with the baby just falling out.
Finally I read on the web about miscarriage due to incompetent cervixes
and the stories were all just like mine. I had an ultra sound to check my
cervix and sure enough, my cervix had shrunk (which they call
''incompetent.'') This is REALLY strange and uncommon after having a
non-eventful, full term pregnancy. The only thing that could've caused
this was the SUCTION devise that they used to try to get my baby out.
This can, and did in my case, cause stress to the cervix and the cervix
doesn't recover. I WISH I had known about this before they used suction
on me. I would've said, forget the suction, let's do the C NOW. Now we're
looking at a very tough pregnancy (cerclage and bedrest) if we do
decide to have another child. You don't know about most of these things
until you go through them and yes, there are, I'm sure, hundreds of
women who have assistance from suction and their cervixes recover. I
just wasn't one of them.
I think you should do whatever feels right for you. My recovery from the
c-section was great and my scar is tiny. I don't regret the c-section at all. I
regret the suction hugely.
You don't say whether or not a c-section is neccesary for
medical reasons. If not, don't do it! I had a non-elective c-
section and would not recommend one at all. The recovery was
terribly painful and quite long. I didn't get to hold my baby
for several hours after his birth because of the drugs I was
given to numb my torso. And, nursing was quite difficult.
Best of luck.
I have one child who was born by c-section. My pre-eclampsia got
bad enough that she had to come out and I was neither effaced or
dilated and she wasn't in position yet. We could have tried an
induction but I (and the doctors) felt a c-section was safer for
both of us.
The c-section was not thus entirely scheduled or elective, but it
wasn't an emergency c-section either. I had several hours to
wait until the operation, and I think it went as well as a
c-section could go. I loved my anesthesiologist and my doctor,
they were both very supportive and I felt the c-section was a
good birth experience. I got to see my baby soon after she was
born and had her with me as soon as they made sure she was
allright (as she wasn't yet term).
BUT, if I had had a choice I think I would have liked to try a
(medicated) vaginal birth. I'm sorry that I don't know (and
probably will never know) what it's like to go into labor. I'm
sure I wouldn't have liked the contractions, but I miss not
having had the experience.
In all, it doesn't matter much, but I think if I had had the
choice (if the baby had been in positioned, for example) I would
have opted for the induction.
I had an ''involuntary'' c-section that saved my life and that of
my baby. Obviously I'm glad that surgical birth was an option
I had planned to give birth at home. My daughter was instead
born in a bright room and bathed against my will. After a
pregnancy free of medication, caffeine, sugar and alcohol, my
body and that of my daughter's was inundated with three very
powerful drugs within a matter of an hour (antibiotic, epidural,
post-surgical painkiller.) Our placenta was thrown away as
medical waste. My uterus was removed from my body, turned inside
out, scrubbed, turned right side in and put back inside me,
which, while standard, felt like a huge violation. Because it
was so early in the morning, regular recovery was not yet open
and I was put in ICU recovery instead. I overreacted to the
epidural and couldn't wake up. When I did wake up, no one was
there. I was hoarse from 14 hours of labor, there was no call
button, and I couldn't get anyone's attention. It was three
hours after her birth that I was finally able to hold my baby.
My scar still aches and to this day, three and half years later,
I still don't feel like I gave birth, maybe because I didn't
feel myself give birth. Because of the incision carrying my baby
like I wanted to (in a sling) was painful for months. If I were
to have a 2nd child I'd try for a VBAC, no ifs, ands or buts.
Now, you should of course take all of this with a large handful
of salt. Like I said, it saved our lives. And a lot of my anger
and pain about her birth is because it isn't what I wanted. But
that's my input.
Very recently, a close friend of mine had an elective C-section. (She's not in
the mood of typing up emails to advice lines right now.) Her pregnancy was
uneventful, no risk factors were present. The surgery went well. The day
after, she suddenly went down to the worst physical state she had ever
experienced in her life. The hospital stuff and doctors were busy with other
emergencies. They wouldn't have further investigated her condition without
the persistant intervention of a doctor friend of her's (who happened to be
visiting her just then). It was found to be some serious inner bleeding,
a condition she could easily have died from. The hospital's OB/GYN on call
had suggested to putting off a closer examination to the next day; she
associated my friend's miserable condition with her excitement about the baby
and, ironically, the presence of visitors.
My friend, as you, works in the hospital. As an anaesthesist, she showed up at
hundreds, maybe thousands of birth. However, as staticians figured out
during the 20th century, a huge number of observations does not garanty a
good estimator. If there is a bias in the first place, a large sample size will only
help the wrong picture to come out really sharp. There is the summer visitor
in San Francisco who takes photographs of the Golden Gate bridge every single
morning of his July/August stay. He'll conclude that no entire bridge exists,
only parts ending in clouds. No matter how many pictures of this sort he takes,
no matter how many pixels he's got in his camera, he'll never get it to see the
whole. He may further be lead to assume that other people's photographs
showing the full bridge must have been manipulated.
It may be completely different in your case, but I experienced myself how my
professional life shaped my approach to pregnancy and birth in a specific way.
For my friend, her profession seems to have made her approach to giving birth
harder rather than easier (what I had naively expected). In her job, she'd never
witness a normal onset of labor and the typical many hours of moderate pain,
but she'd be called in during the hardest moment. She'd simply never seen
how women overcome the challenge of active labor in any other ways and with
other support than epidurals or C-sections, since in these cases she simply
wasn't called into the delivery room. She'd leave the place as soon as the little
warm and wet body left the uterus one way or another, still to become ''the
parent's baby''. She would certainly not witness how the different physical
ways of transitioning into parenthood affect the health and the bond between
parents and baby in the first year and beyond.
Instead, shaped by her professional experience, my friend went for what she
was familiar to her, rather than ''the unknown'' - the one garantied riskfactor at
any birth - which later caught up with her in this terrible way.
Don't get me wrong, I have the deepest respect for many of the outcomes of
Western medicine - just as you do, as you hint in your signature. (I am actually
working in medical research myself, on the scientific end, both very Western
and very high-tech.) However, we are not eating our soup with a fork. The
tools of Western medicine are as good as the appropriateness of the cases we
choose to apply them to.
Lacking the details of your case I can only guess that the cruel part of your
decision is, as it was for some of my friends who agonized over C-sections,
that, at the end of the day, you have to choose between a little more
risk for you or a little more risk for the baby. There is the sheer impossibility
for parents to accept any risk for the baby at all that could have been avoided,
whatever sacrifices is takes from the mother's side. It helps to keep in mind
that we are talking small risks all together, for which we even lack appropriate
words to describe - other than ''1 in 86,311'' or 0.000059 and such figures.
Another issue is in which sense we can actually separate the well-being of the
mother and the well-being of the baby in the first place. Here I'm hinting at
other C-section friends trouble with nursing, bonding, recovery from surgery,
feelings of helplessness/incompleteness/lost control, downward spirale of self-
esteem and postpartum depression, as well as very recent research on higher
miscariage risk in pregnancies following a C-section (as you may have already
came across yourself). All of this has an enourmous effect on the health of the
entire young family in this period of highest joy as well as highest vulnerability.
My best wishes for your birth and beyond,
I'm sure you'll get quite a few responses on both sides of the
fence on this one. I had a C-section for my only birth (of
twins) 2.5 years ago. I was very pleased with the experience. I
recovered quite well, never took any pain meds stronger than
Advil, and was happy to avoid labor. I never had any strong need
to do it the ''natural'' way, although I would have labored if a
C-section hadn't been indicated (both babies breech.)
My personal opinion is that it depends on how well you recover
from surgery. From several minor procedures under general
anesthesia I knew that I didn't have much problem recovering.
And of course the C-section isn't under a general, but it is
surgery. The first two days were very painful, especially
getting to the bathroom, but after that it went from manageable
to quite easy by the end of seven days. (I do know at least one
other woman that took a full six weeks to recover, however. Her
C-section was much more complicated than mine, took more than 2
hours, and followed a 24-hour stalled labor. Worst of both worlds!)
The only thing I didn't like about it was not being able to hold
the babies for long just after the birth. I was spreadeagled on
the table and they just placed them near my face for a minute.
My husband and best friend who attended the birth spent much more
time with them than I did. We tried breastfeeding within an hour
of birth but they didn't latch on right then, so off they went
again with my husband and friend until all my numbness wore off.
Good luck on your decision.
Can't see my scar anymore, but the stretch marks are still there!
My son was born by unanticipated, but non-emergency, C-section
when it was determined that he was breech after I had labored
for many hours with no progress.
Though it wasn't exactly a pleasure, I am glad I have had the
experience of labor. My recovery from the section was fairly
fast and easy, as C-sections go, and I had a lot of help at home
in the first few weeks, but I cannot imagine having a C-section
by *choice*. I am now expecting my second and intend to do
everything I possibly can to ensure a normal delivery this time
around. If I can avoid it, I do not want to feel like a cog in
a medical machine rather than like a thinking person caught up
in a powerful biological process, I do not want to have to think
about what might or could happen if there were surgical
complications, I do not want to be separated from my newly born
baby for an hour while my body is stapled back together, I do
not want to deal with being unable to get out of bed for several
days or even just sit up without help for a week, I do not want
to be unable to drive or walk a normal distance or change a
diaper without abdominal pain for several weeks.
Of course, if I'd had a normal delivery, I suppose I might feel
the same way about perineal pain and greater lochia. But the
risks *are* greater with C-sections and there is no getting
around that fact.
I do have friends who've had a difficult vaginal delivery and an
easier C-section. But that's the exception rather than the
rule. I'm not exactly a natural-birth fanatic, but here's how I
look at it: A good normal delivery is always better and easier
than even a good C-section; a bad normal delivery is usually
better and easier than a bad C-section. A bad normal delivery
may not be better and easier than a good C-section, but in most
cases it's impossible to predict that those are your choices.
So if you have a choice to make, it's more sensible to choose
the normal delivery. Your chances of having a better outcome
and easier recovery are considerably higher that way.
Intended VBAC mom
I loved that you signed your name ''Big Fan of Western Medicine''
because that was my feeling when I made the decision to have my
second baby by ''somewhat'' elective C-section.
My first was a difficult vaginal birth. No major complications,
but long labor and antibiotics due to a high fever. This
resulted in baby being in the NICU for 2 days. I had a bad tear
that resulted in weekly follow-up visits to my OB and more
When #2 was on the way, she measured very big. Given my history
and the risks outlined by my OB, we opted for a scheduled C-
section. I couldn't have been more pleased. My recovery was
much easier and more ''controlled'' than with my first. I didn't
need lots of pain meds. I couldn't drive after #1 either, so
that wasn't a big difference.
That said, I was amazed/horrified by the insensitivity of some
friends and family members who implied that I was failing
or ''giving up before trying'' by scheduling my C-section. One
even said, ''How will you feel if the baby is only 9 pounds and
you ended up having a C-section?'' For my husband and me the
only choice was to minimize risk for both baby and mother.
Good luck with your decision and congratulations!
I am also a nurse, and had both a vaginal birth and a c-
section. Both were very hard deliveries, but I definitely hated
the c-section most. The big differences are: you are not in
good shape after the c-section, as in it's MUCH harder to take
care of both yourself and the baby, and you are in much more
pain (even compared to a fourth degree tear.) I would rather
have a vacuum delivery with lots of stitches than a c-section
again. Given the knowledge that you have from work, and that you
have probably seen the worst case scenarios, I think you need to
talk to both your provider and a birth issues counselor to
figure out what is bothering you and how to cope with that. I
recommend Dr.Gayle Peterson, as she is local and an expert on
another nurse mom
I had a c-section with my first (and only) child at Alta Bates. I
ended up having the surgery after 24 LONG hours of labor. In my
opinion, the pros would be: you can choose the day you would like
to deliver, you aren't exhausted after the birth from going
through labor, you don't have to endure the pain of labor, and
you don't have to endure the pain of labor. The cons would be:
the risks of surgery (which you already know about), and it takes
a while to recover from. Also, it took me a good week to get off
the pain medication and I was breastfeeding, so I'm sure my baby
got some of the drugs both from the surgery and after. Also, I
couldn't stand up fully straight for a few days and taking a
shower hurt. I wish you lots of luck!!
I've had an emergency c/s and then a planned c/s for baby #2. I
was very conflicted about whether to do VBAC or c/s for #2. My
concerns were: what if c/s seems to interfere with initiating
breastfeeding, as seemed to happen with baby #1? what if c/s
makes me so exhausted that I can't care for baby #1? how will I
handle being away from baby #1 for that long -- can I stay in
the hospital by myself? and what about the need for vicodin and
other painkillers afterwards? The result of my planned c/s was
uniformly positive. A planned c/s is nothing like an emergency
c/s. All of my concerns were for nothing. Breastfeeding was a
piece of cake compared with baby #1. Procedure did not exhaust
me, thanks to 4 nights in the hospital (Alta Bates). To my
surprise, I loved being in the hospital with just my baby for
some real bonding time. The nurses left me alone and were
nice. And, I did not need the painkillers much at all this time
around (maybe because I didn't endure 48 hours of labor first).
I don't miss the thrill of vaginal delivery. Although I was
depressed about my first c/s, I didn't have those feelings the
second time around. I feel uniformly positive about my choice
and would definitely do it over again.
Fan of planned c/s
I've had 2 c-sections. My first was an emergency, and
definitely not in my plans. However, the procedure went fine,
and my recovery was really fast. I scheduled my second one, and
was even more pleased, mainly because I could relax and not
worry about my baby. Again, my recovery was quick, and if I
were going to have more children, that is the route I would go
again. Good luck to you!
My daughter was born by c-section because her head was turned. I
would never choose to have a c-section, unless there was a
medical reason for it. My philosophy is that women have been
delivering babies for thousands of years without medical
intervention--god or evolution made a process that works and it
must be the way it is for good reasons. Too be honest, I can't
even imagine choosing a c-section or that doctors are letting you
make that choice, but I hear that it's now becoming an option.
Obviously if you're a fan of medical approaches, you may disagree
with what I've said so far, but my advice is don't choose a
c-section, for medical reasons, too. The rise in c-sections isn't
because the medical profession is protecting mothers and babies.
Not that I blame them, but doctors are protecting themselves. If
you're worried about the pain of delivery, you can do the
epidural. Off my soap box--here are my pros and cons, as you put it.
- Delivery would be quick and you'd be able to pick the date.
- There would be no labor pain, although there is plenty of other
- Your vagina isn't stretched out so much.
- You don't have to worry about a rip episiotomy.
- You feel like a train hit you when the epidural wears off. I
can't imagine that the pain after a regular delivery is anything
like the pain after abdominal surgery. The other moms were
walking around the hospital while I was still drugged up.
- Recovery is really difficult--I was still feeling it 10 weeks
- Breastfeeding was a challenge--I don't know if the drugs made
my milk slow or my daughter less interested, but she was slow to
- You don't get to see what's happening because you're strapped
to a table with fabric wall up--I felt disconnected from the
birth. It was being done to me, not by me. I hear you can
negotiate on this point, but I wouldn't count on it.
- If the epidural doesn't work, you end up with general
anesthesia. This happened to me and it was very upsetting. My
husband wasn't allowed in the room and NO ONE got to see the
birth. I know this is rare, but what an awful feeling. It took me
awhile to get over that. I knew it was baby intellectually, but
it was weird.
- The baby doesn't get the benefit of the pressure squeezing
liquid out of the lungs. My daughter coughs alot and I've often
- Intercourse still hurts for awhile after. They don't change the
recommended six weeks of waiting. My sister who had a vaginal
delivery thought this wouldn't be the case, so I thought I'd
mention it. There was really no difference in the after affects
- I still had trouble with leaking bladder. This is often cited
as a reason for c-sections, but my experience was that the damage
was already done during pregnancy and the c-section made no
- Depending on the hospital, you aren't guaranteed a private
room. I wouldn't dare take the chance of a c-section if I had to
share a room after.
I am a first time mom who had to have a c-section because when
I went into labor my baby was breech. So this was not planned
or chosen, in fact we had prepared for a natural birth, so it
was very much not our choice. The c-section was relatively
smooth, we had no complications, and the nurses were helpful
about my wishes to see, hold, and nurse my baby as soon as
possible. BUT - I would not elect to have a c-section if given
the choice, and I hope to not have to do it that way next
time. There are many reasons for this: the very painful
recovery, not being able to hold my baby immediately, being on
painkillers (and I tried to go without, it's pretty bad) and
thus so sleepy and tired and just out of it the first days.
Most of all, it just didn't feel right to do it that way, such
a natural thing done in such a procedural, intrusive, and
unpleasant way. I was so thankful and elated to see my baby,
but in a way I was powerless to be there for her right in the
beginning when that was all I wanted to do. I have a great
deal of respect for modern medicine and understand that there
is a place for c-sections, but having gone through one, I would
only do it again if forced to for medical reasons. Good luck
with your choice, in the end it's the outcome that matters.
I've had two elective c-sections now and am glad I did it. The
c-setion didn't hurt, I still nursed the baby in bed while
recovering while he rested on my stomach. Don't get me wrong,
it did hurt when I had to get out of bed that first time, but a
few vicodin and I was feeling pretty good. It only took me
about 4 days to be up and around including up and down the
stairs in our house. I only stayed 2 days in the hospital with
the first and 3 days with the second. Everyone's different, but
if you've got a good mind set instead of a fearful or negative
one, it makes a big difference. I'm not vain but some of the
positives are: there was no panic, no labor, my children had no
distress, had perfectly round heads, my husband still got to cut
the cord, and my bladder will still be in great shape when I get
older. By the way my husband is a physician and he totally
agreed and supported my decision.
I am the mother of two, ages 11 & 12. The first was born by
c/section, the second was a VBAC. I am also a Nursing student
and have just completed my maternity rotation. I can tell you
from experience that vaginal birth was a far more satisfying
experience than c/section. And now, having spent the past two
months observing (and participating in) many births (normal and
high-risk; vaginal and c/section), I would NEVER opt to have a
section over a vaginal birth (the key word here is ''opt'' -
medical necessities are another story). The physician is in
charge, it is an entirely sterile (in more ways than one) and
unnatural procedure, and the trauma to the baby and the mother
is sad to witness. Please reconsider.
I don't fit all of the criteria you specified, but my second
child was delivered via scheduled c-section. In comparison to my
first child who was delivered via c-section after a long failed
I have to say the second one was FABULOUS!!!! I loved being able
to walk into the delivery room. I was much more conscious of
what was going on. We had a great time joking with the drs while
they were doing all the prep. My husband was more relaxed and
able to think of my needs during the surgery. Since no one was
in a rush they let my husband and the baby sit next to me during
the closing, and I held the baby's hand... plus they let me put
my glasses on so I could see him.
BUT...The best part was the super quick recovery. By the time I
was to be moved into my postpartum bed I felt mobile enough to
scoot myself off the guerney. (The orderly was horrified.) I was
up and walking the next day and felt ready to go home by the
second day. (After the first c-section I didn't even feel ready
when they sent me home on the 5th day!) I am sure that this is
all due to the fact that I had a good night's sleep the night
before the baby came, and I had far fewer drugs with the
scheduled c-section than I had the first time around.
Would I go the vaginal route? Well, I tried the first time
around, I really did... but it was not happening for me. I chose
not to do VBAC for many different reasons, but did consider it.
If we decide to have more kids... well, knowing what I know now
about my body, VBAC isn't an option, but even if it were an
option, I probably wouldn't bother. I really liked my scheduled
c-section. But SHhhh... don't tell... I know that is not PC.
where do I sign up?
I have one child, delivered by c-section, non-electively. The only
thing I can say, with complete honesty, is that after 26 hours of labor I
was VERY glad when they told me I had stopped progressing and it
was time for a C-section; I could not have imagined having to push
after all of that. I have absolutely no regrets about it, 2.5 years
Nice scar, though
I've already posted my c-section experience, but wanted to add
a couple more things- in case they are not obvious already...if
you are scheduling a c-section out of convenience, it may be
convenient before, but it is not convenient for A LONG time
after (I'd say at least 2-4 weeks before you can really move
around well). Also, if you are choosing a c-section because
you stay in-tact down there, also not the case. I know many
women (including myself) who have had just as many problems
post-partum as moms who delivered vaginally (in terms of
everything getting back to ''normal''). GOOD LUCK with your
choice...what's most important is a happy, healthy baby and
Wanted to add a few more thoughts...
I ended up having a scheduled c-section for the birth of my
only child. I was terribly disappointed when it had
to go that route because I really wanted to try to have a
natural labor. Ater having gone through the prep classes, I was
really mourning all the things I would not be able to do such as
have my baby on my chest or at my breast right after birth, and
the drugs that would be in my system, etc.
However, I now feel I had a great childbirth experience and will
gladly have another c-section when or if I have a second child.
Although I don't have anything else to compare it to, I felt my
birth experience was great. I have absoluteley no regrets or
disappointments. I ended up feeling very involved in the birth
with my husband and the anethesiologist giving me the blow by
blow and basically my husband did the initial bonding/caring for
our baby right after birth. I was surprised at how quickly I was
stiched up and sent to recovery (I think it was only about 15
minutes after he was born) and once there the recovery nurse at
Alta Bates put my son to my breast and we got him to start
nursing. And we were not separated after that.
I was not tired afterwards since I had a decent night's sleep
the night before and my recovery really did not seem that bad. I
definitely was uncomfortable when the spinal wore off and I did
take pain medication for about a week. And I was really grateful
to have the three days in the hospital and all the support I got
there so that by the time I went home breast-feeding was going
well. I know c-sections are dreaded and get a bad-rap,
but that did not end up being my experience. I did lay
low for a few weeks on the advice of a friend, to make sure I
didn't overdue it, but I felt like I could up and go out before
Anyway, just my two-cents that while I was dreading a c-section,
I now sing a very different tune. I am certainly now a strong
believer that how a baby comes into the world is not what is
critical -- it's that the baby and mom come out of it healthy.
That is all that really matters in the end. Take whichever route
you determine takes you closest to that goal.
I read the recent postings and thought I'd add my thoughts and
experience. I never went into labor with my daughter. She was
18 days late (didn't know until after that she was
basically ''stuck'' in there- yep- too big to get herself out).
I was to be induced. I knew walking into the hospital that I
was slated for a c-section. I just wish they would have done
it then and not hooked me up to pitocen, given me pain meds to
sleep, kept me there TRYING to go into labor for 36 hours
(never did even after all those meds- but I had some constant,
nasty contractions- my uterus was going wild). FINALLY, we
chose what they called a ''voluntary'' c-section (though it was
HIGHLY suggested). Yeah, it sucked- it hurt- couldn't hold
baby, hard to walk, hurt to laugh, cry, move at all, felt like
I wasn't me for a while (couple of weeks), felt like I had no
idea whose baby they kept trying to put on my boob. I was
booted out of the hospital after only 2 days- it freaked me out
at the time, but I'm so glad I went home...at home, I felt a
billion times better (plus, I didn't have to be so jealous of
vaginal birth giving roommate who kept walking the bathroom to
shower and re-apply her makeup!!). Looking back on it, I'd say
it was the total LACK of sleep the days before the surgery and
then the pain medication they kept throwing at me (they asked
me to rate my pain on a level of 1-10--puh-lease!) that made me
feel so disconnected, not the actual surgery. Ya' know, I
think I knew all along during my pregnancy that I would have a
c-section (so maybe your mind and body are hinting at
something??)- I guess that's because I paid attention to
statistics...1 in 4 Moms have c-sections and, in most
hospitals, it's 1 in 3 Moms now. So, your chances of having
surgery to have your baby are high, whether you elect to do it
that way or not. So, would I do it again? I think so (may not
even have a choice)...I'll know when Grandma should fly out to
watch my daughter, know when to tell Daddy to take days off for
new baby, shower about a hundred times the day before surgery
(cause showering is tough for quite a while), know to take it a
little easy on the pain meds so I don't feel like such a wacko
(and I certainly do not have a drug free past!). As for
dealing with the emotions of not having a vaginal labor, like
my surgeon father told me, had it not been for c-sections, my
baby and I would not be alive (did I mention baby's head was
too big for me?? yeah, uh, we're indebted to western
medicine). So, obviously, I got over that pretty quickly!!
PS- My husband wanted me to add- tell whoever will be with you
after the surgery that you may just SHAKE LIKE CRAZY...no one
ever told him that and it freaked him out!!!
Pretty sure I'll do it again...
I had 2 c-sections, the first was an emergency, the second was
elective. It was not much of a problem for me. I couldn't
get up & run around for awhile, but didn't want to anyway,
because I had a new baby. There are pluses & minuses to both,
I didn't read your question- just saw some of the advice given-
so I don't know if I'm addressing your specific concerns... but
I had taken the Bradley method and was all ready for a natural
type delivery and ended up with anything but... However it
worked out fine for me, didn't need the episiotomy that i heard
so much about, it definitely took longer to recover than
friends who had vaginal delivery, but since I didn't know the
difference it was fine for me. I wasn't in pain, just
soreness... like people say-- it'll work out either way. I
guess if you can have a vaginal delivery, I would choose that,
but if not, you'll be fine- benefits to both ways.
I have an unusual dilemma and am looking for input from parents
whose kids' birthdays are very close together and/or who have
birthdays very close to their own siblings.
I have a son who will turn two on January 20. I am also pregnant
with a girl whose due date is January 25. I am going to have a
scheduled c-section for this birth and my OB suggested
scheduling it a week before the due date or somewhere around
January 17. When I expressed some hesitation about the birthdate
being so close to my son's birthday (three days apart), my OB
offered that he would be comfortable to do the c-section anytime
the previous week as well (-- that the baby is considered full-
term after thirty-seven weeks and he would not be worried about
the baby's health, etc.)
So, I'm kind of confused because I have this option and not sure
of the best choice. I feel like it would be preferable (given
that we have this choice) to make the kids' birthdays at least a
week apart, but then also feel like it is somewhat odd and kind
of rude to take my daughter out of her protective womb a week
earlier (and two weeks before her due date) just to accomodate
So, do parents with kids whose birthdays are only days apart
wish they had more space between them? Did you like or dislike
having a birthday only days from your siblings? Would nine days
apart be much better than three days apart?
Or, should I listen to my father, who has a December birthday,
and advises to forget about the closeness of the sibling
birhtdays and to just get the birthday as far from Christmas as
Thanks in advance.
Should have thought about this nine months ago
My younger daughter was born the day before her older sister's
birthday, and frankly, thinking about it now, life would be
simpler if I had just had her ON her sister's birthday. I would
say a week apart or three days apart really doesn't make that
much difference -- remember when they are in school, parties,
etc. will be on the weekends anyway, so you'll either end up
doubling up, or having two parties in one day, or using up at
least two weekends. Since you have some options, I'd say have the
baby AFTER the older child's birthday, as I think the hardest
thing for my older daughter is that even though she was here
first, her sister's birthday comes first. I also agree that the
farther from Christmas, the better! Good luck!
Busy in April
I say listen to your dad. My brother's birthday is 5 days after
mine and I don't recall it bothering me at all when we were
kids. One year he would get the family member birthday party
and I would get the friend birthday party and then we would
switch the next year. I think we even had a few joint birthday
parties - we're only 1 year apart so we knew all the same kids
anyway. My parents certainly didn't apologize (although I think
my mom might have appreciated a bit more time between
pregnancies!) or make a big deal about our birthdays being so
close - that's just the way it was and we didn't know any
For what it's worth, my sister and I have our birthdays on
January 29th and 18th, respectively. We were born just one year
apart. Every other year we had a joint birthday party, and on off
years were allowed to have two friends over to spend the night,
our mother would make our favorite meal, and we had a small
birthday cake. We were both very happy with this. Of course this
system broke down when we were about 11 or 12, burgeoning
adolescence being what it is. I think that such a system could
work well for you until the kids are older, when they will want
to do different things anyway. The advice about getting the
birthday away from Christmas is good. Actually, we found that our
relatives were always fresh out of ideas in January, so we
usually got money, which was fine with us. I think in terms of
birthday proximity, a week one way or the other won't matter that
much. Even if they are only 3 days apart, you can still celebrate
one the first weekend and one the second if you want to.
I also had to schedule my c-section for my second child but fortunately
they were a month apart. What I wouldalso consider is what your son's
birthday means to him and how it will be affected by your recovery. If you
do it on the 17 you will probably still be in the hospital on his birthday. I
was in the hospital both times for 5 days even though I had no
complications. Even a week earlier has some effect. Once you get home
there is still residual pain as you recover from major surgery. Can you
schedule it after his birthday? I had mine a week after her due date (I
was hoping it would happen naturally). They can test to make sure
there is enough fluid and no stress. Good luck in choosing a birthdate. It
was very awkward for me. I randomly picked 2-24-2004 and realized
later the relationship between the numbers.
I'm surprised your doctor would consider scheduling your
C-section before 39 weeks--mine wouldn't, even though my first
child arrived before 39 weeks. My children's birthdays are nine
days apart. I can't really say yet how it will work out, since
my younger is not yet one, but I think it could be fun (if
exhausting) to have a ''birthday season'', and perhaps it will
reduce jealousy (''How come sibling gets all those presents?''
''You'll get lots next week!'').
I do have a suggestion, though: since your son is too young to
know what day it is, you can celebrate his second birthday a
little further away from the birth of his baby sister. You could
even celebrate it *before* the birth of the baby, which is what
I'd recommend doing--right after the baby arrives would be a
tough time to have a birthday party. Hold back some of the
presents people send your son, and dole them out when people come
by with gifts for the baby.
I have 2 daughters whose birthdays are Jan. 26 and Jan. 20, and
I'm due with a boy on Jan. 14, which also happens to be MY
birthday. I don't have to worry about a C-section (that I know
of, at least), but I've thought a lot about the birthday issue,
and think that for your own sanity, the more days between
birthdays the better. I think 9 days would be preferable to 3,
and if you're scheduling the birth anyway, that extra week will
really pay off as the kids are growing up and you're scheduling
back-to-back parties. My daughters are only 4 and 2 now, so
we've had combined parties so far, but I know they're soon going
to want their own themes, friends, etc. I'm thankful for the 6
days I'll have in between to get everything planned! Just my
Yikes! 4 Birthdays in 18 days!
I was born on September 7th, the day before my older sister's
2nd birthday. The only thing that's ever bothered us about this
was that my mom often held joint birthday parties when we were
kids to lessen her workload. However, had my mom made more
effort to give us each our own special day, I wouldn't have
minded a bit that the spacing was so close. (Think: new toys
for both, not just one, sibling to prance around with in front
of the other.)
Ironically, now that we're adults and birthdays have lost most
of their shine -- and are even mildly depressing at times -- we
actually REALLY enjoy celebrating them together. This year I
had the most pleasant birthday I can remember, and it's
precisely because my sister and I were able to celebrate
together with our husbands and our parents after living far a
part for several years.
So my advice is, let your baby enjoy the womb as long as you
can. It might actually be a blessing for them to have their
birthdays spaced so closely.
if they are fairly close in age (maybe 3 years or less) it could
be fun and save you money for quite a while to do shared
birthday parties with something special for the children on
their day. My neices,now 13 & 14 though same sex, (1 year and 3
days apart)have always had shared parties sometimes a dual theme
if they were attached to certain themes, each would invite about
6 friends each, and after just a few years of planning our 2
children's unclose birthday parties I am very jealous of the
closeness of their birthdays! So I guess I'd lean towards
letting the baby stay warm and cozy longer(or she may surprise
you and pick her own day anyway)then just do something special
for each on their real day and share the bigger festivities as
long as you can!
If it were me, I would definitely schedule it for after your
son's birthday so that you can celebrate his birthday with him
without having a new baby disuprting everything and stealing
the show. Yes, he is only two - so he would never know if you
skipped his birthday altogether - but he is old enough to
appreciate and enjoy a day focused on HIM. You simply won't
have the chance to give him that this year if you do it after
the birth of your daughter -- plus, it will be nice for all of
you (but especially your son) to have that to look back on once
the baby is here. A few days one way or the other won't matter
so much down the road -- but this year it will!
Two too close, too
I had an unexpected c-section 2 1/2 years ago. The operation
itself and the healing was very difficult and seemed to take
much longer for me than those I spoke with at the time who'd
also had one. Even now, when I lean against something (like a
changing table) or something presses against my stomach, it
hurts. I feel like if I get pregnant again (which I want to)
that the ''stretching'' will be very painful-I can't imagine how
the uterus wouldn't rupture. I had a checkup recently and the
nurse practitioner said that everything ''seemed fine'' to her. Is
this feeling normal, or could something be wrong?
Over a year ago I had a baby who came out a c-section. I thought it
might be taking a long time to heal completely, but just realized that
maybe it should be healed by now. So I'm wondering what other
women's scars look like a year later? Mine is still pretty thick and red
and raised, tender and a little tingly. Is this normal? There are a couple
little sections which are flat and smooth, but most of it looks nasty. When
they cut me open, the woman who preped me said that in a year I
wouldn't be able to tell I'd been opperated on...I can definitely tell. Is
there anything I can do to make it go away? What's normal after a year?
big red scar
I just had a conversation with my dermatologist about c-section
scars last week. Mine is still ugly and itchy after 1 yr and
she says this is totally normally. Hers is too, as are most. I
also have some pain periodically. I hope this is not the case
after 2 1/2 yrs--in that case, I'd get a second opinion. FYI,
the New England Journal of Medicine just published a study
showing higher than thought complications for uterine rupture
during a VBAC labor. It's probably worth doing a search for the
article if you're considering one.
I had pelvic surgery 5 years before I got pregnant, then a
C-section to deliver my twins. The doctor who performed the
C-section told me my original incision was ''a mess'' and that he
would give me a much better one. ! At my first exam post delivery,
the doctor patted it proudly and said I'd be much happier with
the new incision. He was right. Although the original incision
was always a little puffy and definitely noticeable, the one I
got after my C-section healed much faster and is much less
conspicuous than the first one. I had numbness much longer with
the first one, too -- indefinitely, in fact. I'm not sure what
the difference was between the two or what you can do about it
now (apart from more surgery with a doctor who knows what he's
doing -- which would be huge trade-off!), but I do know that not
all incisions are alike.
I had two C-sections, most recently in 2001, and healed fairly
rapidly. It seems to be that if it's bothering your after a
year, you should get it checked out (though there might be
nothing you can do. People heal at di! fferent rates.)
My scar (Now the combination of two scars, I guess) is flat, skin
colored, and not tingly, and has been this way for at least two
years. However, it's clearly visible, a perfectly obvious scar
line. (They told me it would be unnoticable too. Even at the
time, I said ''yeah, yeah.'')
I've had two C-sections, and both times my scar remained tender
for quite a while after the surgery. But although my second
pregnancy was pretty uncomfortable and I felt like I was going to
explode for the last two months, there was nothing actually wrong
and my uterus was fine and I delivered a big, healthy, full-term
baby. I also bounced back more quickly from the second C-section
(probably because of a shorter labor--I lost only one night of
sleep instead of two!).
And, to the second person who's worried about her scar, you
should ask your doctor about it, but it sounds within the range
of normal--some people heal better than others. You may form
keloids, which are thickened scars. I think the promise of
''wouldn't be able to tell [you'd] been operated on'' is an
exaggeration--everyone ends up with a visible scar, though
sometimes it's covered by pubic hair.
Scarred but happy
It sounds like you formed a type of scar called a keloid. They
are unsightly but not indicative of poor healing. I had a c-
section 3 years ago (and am having another in a few weeks) and
still have a small area below the incision that is slightly
numb. It has gotten a lot better with time. As far as your
worry about the stretching with another pregnancy, most c-
section scars are so low that they are in an area that doesn't
get ! stretched by the next pregnancy. My scar has never
bothered me at all during this pregnancy. The same goes for
the uterine scar, which is why doctors make it where they do.
another c-section mama
My c-section scar looks terrible. It has been 3.5 years since
my first and 1 year since my second. I think the nurse who
prepped you was totally deluded. Regarding the numbness and
tingling, I think that will continue to get better over time but
my OB said there will always be some numbness in that area.
If you are still feeling pain 2 1/2 years after a ''C'', I'd
suspect that you might have internal adhesions. Some people are
more prone than others to develop post surgical adhesions. It's
scar tissue that forms around damaged tissue. You can think of
them like small rubber bands of tissue. Adhesions are also caused
by infections, particularly STD's.
If this is the case, adhesions will not case uterine rupture in a
subsequent pregnancy. However, if you do become pregnant again,
carefully weigh your options with your OBGYN. VBAC's are not risk
free. A small number of women do experience uterine rupture when
attempting a VBAC and this complication is life threatening.
For the ''C'' scar that is still raised after one year, massage and
scar mobilization techniques will help a lot. Very often
adhesions (again) form between the scar and underlying tissues.
Oil your fingers and/or your scar, so that you can massage the
area without friction. Start very gently, massaging your scar
lengthwise. You can work from the middle out, and then holding
one side down, stroke the scar from one end to the other. Then
massage in the other direction, across your scar, gently rolling
it up and down.
After repeated massage, your scar should begin to feel looser,
and then you can begin to pick it up off the underlying tissue
and roll it back and forth between your fingers.
To get the idea of how to do these techniques, practice the
movements on the seam of of a piece of clothing. Don't work to
the point of pain. This is a slow and steady process.
Also, you could look into some of the post surgical creams that
plastic sugeons use on their patients. that might be a good
Helene Byrne author, ''Exercise After Pregnancy: How to Look and Feel Your Best''
I also had a difficult, unplanned c-section just over 2 years
ago and my scar is still bright red and thick (I think the term
is keloid). It is uncomfortable/painful when I touch it or
scratch it or if my panties rub against it. And it nearly always
I worry not only that another pregnancy may stretch the scar to
the point of pain but also that it may lead to MORE scarring.
Ive heard tales told both ways, that a repeat c-section is
easier because of the original scar and that it can be more
I dont mind the look of it so much, I just wish it wasnt so
I would get a second opinion about the scar and the pain. From
my personal experience, my c-section scar was never painful and
at four months was barely noticeable and by a year it had
completely blended in with my very pale skin, and is totally
smooth. Maybe it depends on the type of stiching on the
incision. I had staples which were removed 24 hours after
delivery and then used Mederma, an over the counter scar cream,
for two months and it worked wonders. A majority of my friends
have also had c-sections a! nd there scars are also barely
visible after six months or a year. As for getting pregnant,
if you have the go ahead from your OB, go for it! My doctor
gave me the okay to try and get pregnant after six months, but
I waited a year, which seems to be the amount of time your body
needs to heal from any type of delivery.
Well, I don't really have any advice. I just wanted to THANK YOU for asking, since I
feel the same way from my C-section 9 months ago. My scar has about a half inch
of smooth, the rest is a gnarly red mess. The right side has taken forever to heal,
and anything that lightly brushes up against the skin is excrutiating. I went in to
see if anything had herniated (it hadn't) and the NP said that I should expect this
low-level discomfort, oh, FOREVER. Internal adhesions pulling, etc. All I know is
the lev! el and length of pain & discomfort (and I have a HIGH threshold for pain,
mind you) is enough to make me dowright fearful of having baby #2. Anyone read
the NYT article about women w/ previous C-sections waiting in hospital parking lots
until they've dialated too far for the auto 2nd C-section? Hello!
I just had to write in on the C-sections that were still painful
after a long time. First of all, some of them sound really
sound very painful and I really feel for all of you. Secondly,
as a physical therapist who loves working with soft tissue
especially, I have treated C-section scars and pain has gone
away, they have smoothed out, and in one case the numbness
disappeared! I am not saying every one can be improved hugely,
but having a good manual physical therapist or osteopath, or
even a really good chiropractor who does this sort of work (not
just the popping and cracking variety) can do wonders!
After trying my best to avoid a cesarean to deliver my breech
baby, I not only ended up with the c-section, but with an ever-
worsening keloid scar as a result. I have so far received three
rounds of steroid injections, which haven't helped at all.
After 14 months, the scar is huge, bright red, and very, very
itchy. I am also still nursing, and my daughter frequently
kicks the scar, which is really painful. Has anyone else had a
keloid scar from a c-section (or from anything else)? Can you
recommend any doctors or treatments?
I have several third degree burn scars that would have become
keloid had I not used pressure garments on them, to keep them flat
(the redness fades with time). See if you can get one for your
scar (even a tight girdle might work). The pressure prevents the
scar from growing. Otherwise, I rubbed several lotions on them
(some very costly and are perscription only). Silvadene is one (I
think that is the name). Vitamin E helped, perhaps, but did not
work miracles. Your best bet is the pressure garments (formal name
for them is Jobst).
I hate to say this...but I never got rid of my keloid until I had another
c-section. I'm scheduled for my 4th and surely last c-section in April, and
am FREAKING out about getting another keloid. As far as I can tell, it's the
luck of the draw. The surgeon who did the most rushed and least careful
surgery left me with the best scar. The two better surgeons each left me
with keloids. What can you do.
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