I had DC1 by EMCS three years ago, DC2 by semi ELCS (two weeks over and no sign of cervix getting ready) six days ago, yesterday I had the dressing removed and when I saw my 'new' scar I was horrified - I dont remember feeling like this after the EMCS.
It looks like the two incisions have been stitched together horribly, they look like a mountain range rather than a flat stitch, all raised and puckered - for those of you who have had two c-sections does this sound normal????? I havent had any 'baby blues' as such but every time I look at the wound I end up sobbing or even thinking about it I well up with tears which I'm sure in part is hormones but I'm really really worried the surgeon has screwed things up and I'll be left with this awful gash across my bikini line.
I'm trying not to obsess about it, I have a beautiful baby girl who is an absoulte delight and feeding / sleeping is going really well and I know that is far more important, I'm not a vain person but the wound/scar site looks terrible - can anyone shed any light on what their 2 x c section scar looked like in the week after surgery and after some time. Many thanks.
my 2nd section scar was pretty awful as the doctor cut an x over the 1st scar.... it always looked pretty rubbish but it certainly improved a bit over time, it's still very early days so wait and see and I'm sure it will not be as bad as you fear. (i got my x marks the spot tidied up considerably when i had 3rd section....)
they are supposed to go in through the old scar if it's possible yes. i saw a consultant to discuss after my 2nd section who said it's not always possible
a) if its a major emergency and they just need to cut quickly or
b) if you are for some reason much bigger or much smaller than you were before, and therefore the old scar may not fall in the right place the 2nd time, so you could end up with one parallel to the other
there was no excuse for mine, and in fact when he saw it he asked if i'd had it done in a 3rd world country, and was quite embarrassed and apologetic when i said it had been 18 months ago in his hospital by one of his registrars
had my second CS two weeks ago and it does look worse than i remember the 1st one looking + they botched it a bit this time and I had an infection but that has now cleared. I am assuming that over time it will fade and get to the point where I don;t really think about it as it did last time. TBH you can't see it at the moment as it is hidden under horrible overhang - am more comcerned about that than the scar!
I had my 4th section in November & they cut away my old scar so i have a new one. However the surgeon used staples/clamps and the scar isn't too neat or nice looking plus due to her cutting the skin away i now have hair growing in the scar To be honest i can't see it (got a saggy gut) but even if i could it wouldn't bother me as its covered up all the time.
Thanks for sharing your experiences everyone, I'm a bit more level headed about how it looks now, it's still horrible but I can look at it without crying now. I've got my 10 day check on Monday so will ask MW what she thinks. It's a little bit weepy at the moment which is of more concern :-/
Good idea to get MW to look at it. I have had two c-sections and I have one scar but it is a bit wonky. It looked dreadful straight after the second c-section but although obviously still wonky it is much less obvious. I was very weepy 6 days after c-section and think I just got the baby blues a bit later. I hope you can get some rest and feel better soon.
My second cs scar healed up ok, although it did get irritated and weep / bleed if I did too much in the first couple of weeks (I took that as my cue to do bugger all for as long as possible). Just rest and let it heal, it's still early days.
FWIW I had a hysterectomy 9 months after my last cs and 2 years on the scar is fading away. I tried to show the dc's where it was recently and they were a bit 'meh' about it as they could hardly see it.