C-Shelf – Do you even want to know?

For those of you that don’t know the C-Shelf is the flap or fold of skin that hangs down over the C-Section Scar.

I found this question on Trademe Community 

Who has lost their c-section “shelf”? Please tell me its possible? I just have a minor shelf happening, nothing major. But would like a flat tummy!!! Has anyone been successfull at loosing their shelf?

The responses make interesting reading – but it seems that even after years the C-shelf is hard to get rid of. So start off right and get the support you need for a great recovery – the After Cesarean Underwear  is great for support straight after a C-section. Don’t take my word for it – read the responses and you will soon see that the C-Shelf has a habit of hanging around!

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About C Section

A Caesarean section, also known as cesarean section, c-section, cesarian section or Caesar, is the number one surgery these days. More babies are born abdominally than people lose tonsils.

A C-section is an operation where an incisions is made through a mother’s abdomen and uterus to deliver one or more babies.

A Caesarean section is usually carried out when a vaginal birth would put the baby’s or mother’s life or health at risk, although more recently it has been carried out upon request. In recent years the rate has risen to a record level of 46% in China and to levels of 30% and above in many other countries.

The order of a c-section operation:

  • A catheter inserted to collect urine during the surgery
  • An intravenous line inserted to hydrate the mother
  • An antacid to settle your stomach
  • Monitoring leads attached (heart monitor, blood pressure)
  • Anesthesia administered
  • Anti-bacterial wash of the abdomen, and partial shaving of the pubic hair, (if this has not been completed prior)
  • Skin Incision – midline(most common) – which is a horizontal incision on the bikini line
  • Uterine Incision
  • Breaking the Bag of Waters surrounding the baby
  • Remove the baby from the pelvis
  • Birth
  • Cord Clamping and cutting
  • Evaluation of your newborn baby
  • Placenta removed and the uterus repaired
  • Skin Sutured (Usually the top layers will be stapled or stitched and removed within 2 weeks.)
  • You will be moved to the Recovery Room (with your baby, if all well)
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Bleeding after a C-Section

Before my C-section I did not even think about bleeding after the birth. I suppose I had lost the connection with bleeding from the uterus the normal way after a birth – since the baby wasn’t coming out that way – I thought everything else would happen around the scar and they would take most of the ‘yucky’ stuff out of me through the incision!

I was wrong! I bleed for longer after the c-section than I did after my natural births. I did not bleed as much at first (compared with my natural births) – but it just would not seem to stop – it just went on lingering for weeks.

Bleeding does take a while to settle down after any birth – unfortunately.

It reminds me of a comedy sketch I saw once where a doctor asked a female patient –

‘Are you about to have or have you just had a period?’  –  ‘BOTH’  came the reply!

Enjoy your baby!

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Had a cesarean – but want to give birth naturally?

Hot off the press – new guideleines to help women give birth after a cesarean

New guidelines aim to reduce repeated C-sections.

Get our book VBAC (vaginal Birth after Cesarean) to cover all the issues and help you make an informed choice.

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Which Underwear after a Cesarean?

For immediately after – the first few days to the first week – use mesh hospital pants (these can be washed up to 10 times and dry rapidly) – so easy to use in hospital. They allow the area around the scar to breathe and can hold a maternity pad in place. See Hospital Pants

For 1 week to 6 months after – Use a panty that provides support and promotes scar recovery. As scars areas heal, they become swollen and itchy – you need a panty that promotes recovery and gives support during this time. See C-Panty

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How can Silicone help your Cesarean Section Scar?

As any wound heals, a scar forms, and this is what happens after a cesarean section. There are a number of products designed to reduce the appearance of scars, and Silicone treatment after a c-section is an effective solution for scar reduction.

  • The Caesarean Section Scar

Cesarean section scars are caused by collagen, the skin’s natural supportive protein. The size and colour of your c-section scar is infuluenced by the care given to the healing wound and the patient’s diet, since diet plays an important role in the health of the skin. 

  • Cesarean Scars Reduction

Scar treatment must smooth out the skin’s texture, as c-section scars are most commonly raised. The treatment must also reduce the colour of the scar – as cesarean section scars are either pink, red or purple. As the scar treatment works, gradually the new, healthy cells replace the old cells and your cesarean section scar fades.

  • Silicone Treatment of Cesarean Section Scars

Silicone sheets are commonly used to reduce any type of scarring, and have recently been used to reduce c-section scars. Silicone sheets keep the wound hydrated and encourages new cells to form . Silicone sheets need to be applied daily with pressure over the cesarean section scar. Silicone is such a highly regarded treatment for scars that it is also used to treat abnormal and severe scars.

  • Effectiveness of Silicone on Recovery after Cesarean Section

NutraLegacy’s February 2009 report on scar treatment, “All You Needs to Know about Hypertrophic Scar Treatment,” says that while silicone treatment works most effectively on new scars, it is used effectively for treating old scars as well.

The University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority advises that silicone products must be used daily for a minimum of two months in order to show visible results.

  • Benefits of Silicone on Cesarean Section Scars

Not only is silicone effective at reducing your cesarean scar formation, but it is often the preferred method of cesarean scar reduction because it is noninvasive. New mothers prefer silicone treatment over steroids or invasive surgery, which are more costly and have more risks to themselves and their new baby. Mothers can allow the silicone to work at night, by wearing the sheets around the clock. This treament is easily accessible to new c-section mothers through the manufacture of after cesarean underwear containing silicone sheets.

  • Overcoming Problems with Silicone Sheets

Silicone sheets can be difficult to keep in place over the c-section scar and this is a reason for some new mothers to stop using them. C-Panty easily keeps the silicone sheet in place by securely attaching the sheet to the after cesarean underwear, which also offers support for the scar area.

  • Prevention

To minimize after cesarean section scarring, the c-section scar must be kept clean and hydrated. Sun exposure of the caesarean section scar should be avoided at all costs, since ultraviolet (UV) rays can inhibit proper wound-healing, and ultimately worsen scar formation.

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Celebrate C-Section

Without C-Section where would be be?

  • Higher infant mortality rate?
  • Higher maternal mortality rate?

Let’s celebrate having the option of c-section. This marvellous birthing method has saved many mums and babies lives over the years. Medical science can be incredible.

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3 Bad Things that can be Good for You

After a c-section there are so many things you can’t do – but are they really that bad?

  1. You can not lift anything for a while – great for making you rest after the baby.
  2. You can not drive for 6 weeks – great for making time to get to know your new baby at home.
  3. You can not move too quickly – great for taking all your ‘food-energy’ to make lots of milk for breastfeeding.
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Can you believe it?

I like my www.csection.co.nz site and thought about letting the whole world in on the action. The name www.csection.com is for sale – at $94,500 – needless to say, it is still for sale!

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New Guidelines: OK Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

It seems the worry about the rising cesarean rate has prompted the guidelines to be relaxed. Will this mean more VBAC in future?

Read more at New Guidelines OK Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).

As with all births – it is good to make an informed decision – see our book on VBAC and have your questions answered.

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