What’s Normal for C-Section Scarring
PĒPI Luca Ardern
MĀMĀ Teri Ardern
PHOTOGRAPHY Catherine Smith @catherinesmithphotography
Most people who have had a C-section birth have no complications with their scar post-op.
For most people who have had a caesarean birth, their scar is usually quite small, sits just below their bikini line and, in time, fades to be barely noticeable.
Occasionally, however, there can be complications for a small number of people with their scar, including:
- Pain, sensitivity or numbness at or around the area of the scar
- Reduced mobility or elasticity
- Tugging or pulling sensation when reaching or standing up straight
- Nerve irritation around the area of the scar
- Keloid scar (lumps of scar tissue around the incision)
- Hypertrophic scar (scar tissue that is raised or thicker than usual)
If you’re experiencing discomfort or have noticed a defect with your C-section scar, there are a range of treatment options available to you. A pelvic health physiotherapist can help with C-section scarring, scar reduction patches may be beneficial, and there are also topical treatments that your GP can prescribe.