You’ve been given instructions about the immediate care of your C-section scar while you were in the hospital. As the scar forms, you will be told to wash the incision and keep it dry and clean. But what can you do long-term to help your scar to heal well?
Wait first you may be thinking, why do I want to think about long-term health of my scar?
For some women, C-section scars cause back pain or pelvic issues like incontinence and pelvic pain. Why is that? As the scar forms and the tissue heals, it may become tight or immobile making the skin around it unable to move as well. Focusing on holistic care of the scar after the immediate healing phase is a wonderful way to make sure you can avoid any issues.
Collagen provides the building blocks of the scar tissue. If you take collagen through supplements or bone broth, that ensures your body has the right equipment to build a healthy and smooth scar.
Scar massage is one of the best things you can do for your healing. You will want to wait and start this until at least 6 weeks, once your staples have been removed and your doctor has given you the go-ahead.
If your scar is tender in those early weeks, you can massage the skin around it. Once the scar is not tender to your touch, put your fingers on the scar and move it around in every direction. This is helpful to keep the tissues loose and moving as they should.
Use a healing salve when massaging
When you are doing the scar massage, use a healing and moisturizing oil like jojoba or coconut oil. You can also use a healing salve that has been infused with herbs like comfrey, lavender or calendula.
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