Maternity Physio and Pelvic Health

What should my C scar feel like?


Q: What should a scar feel like several weeks after a C section?

A: “Its hard to know how a scar should feel after a C section, especially if you have never had surgery or an injury resulting in a scar before. Its hidden away under clothes and its easy to forget its there and its hard to compare your scar with other women who may have had a c section. I asked Cecile (soft tissue therapist @Fix) this same question and this is what she said: 

“The time it takes for a C section scar to heal varies from woman to woman.

The healing process can last anything between 6 weeks and 3 months and in this time you`re likely to experience all kinds of sensations. Sore and bruisey for a few days and weeks, it might also come with itchiness, numbness, tingliness, a sensation of restriction or pull.

It is not unusual for the numbness to last a few months depending on the type of c section technique the surgeon used. Some scars are quite flat, some are a little raised. It might feel lumpy, hard or solid. Each will be different. Most C section scars eventually heal into a faint line just above the pubic hair line.

Please note that in the first few weeks you should contact your midwife or GP straightaway if you develop a high temperature, if your wound becomes red swollen, painful or has a discharge, or if you feel generally unwell (presenting with an upset stomach for example).

You can find me working alongside Niamh @Fix near London Fields in East London. You can book yourself in online.” or call 020 8986 5551