It takes about four to six weeks for a C-section incision to heal. You may feel a little weak after surgery and discomfort and fatigue are common during the recovery process.
- Avoid lifting anything heavier than your baby for the first couple of weeks.
- Rest when possible.
- Keep everything that you and your baby might need within reach.
- Hold your abdomen near the incision to support it when you cough, sneeze, laugh or make any other sudden movements.
- Ask your doctor to recommend pain relief medication if you need it.
- Drink lots of fluids.
Plastic surgeon, Dr Dirk Lazarus recommends taping your scar with micro-pore tape for up to a year after the birth of your baby. “Taping the scar will help support the skin and reduce stress around the wound thereby lessening the scar tissue that forms,” he says.
- Taping a scar will help support and flatten it. Apply a wide Micropore™ tape along the scar. Use a flesh coloured tape if you want it to be less visible.
- Leave the tape on for up to five days. You can bath, shower and swim as normal.
- Change the tape once it starts to peel off.
- Massage the scar with Bio-Oil when you remove and change the tape. Gentle massage can improve moisture and increase blood flow in the area.
Signs of infection
Check your C-section incision for the following signs of infection:
- If the incision is red, swollen or leaking a discharge.
- If you have a fever higher than 38°C.
- If you experience increasing pain around the incision.
Call your doctor immediately if you notice any of the above signs.