How Big is a C Section
an elective c section or during pregnancy the question on many women’s minds will be ‘how big is a c section scar’. The answer to this question is not an easy one
because babies are born at many different weights and sizes.
Also this can
depend on the position your baby is in and whether the head is in the downward position or in the breach
in which the c section is used will also have a bearing on the size of scar. If there was some urgency involved,
due to serious complications then again, this may affect how big the c section scar needs to be.
operation a surgeon
will need to make an incision through the abdomen wall. The usual position of this is a horizontal cut, just around
the bikini line (pubic hair line).
This incision can sometimes be referred to as a standard
transverse or ‘bikini cut’ incision and is usually about 4-6 inches in
If a larger incision is needed or the
baby needs delivering very quickly then a vertical incision may be used. This is usually called a classical
incision and is usually only performed if: -
The classical incision is made vertically
from just below the belly button (naval) to just above the pubic bone (4 - 6 inches) and this will also vary in
length depending on the baby’s size.
big is a c section scar and the way it heals and looks in the future will also be affected by the
method used to knit the sides of the wound together. Some surgeons
prefer to use staples whereas others still use suture. There is little statistical evidence to show that one way or another will increase or decrease
the size of the appearance of the scar.
If this doesn’t answer the question on
your mind about ‘how big is a c-section scar’ and you still
have concerns about how it will look afterwards. Don’t
worry, over the coming weeks and months, the scar will lighten
in color and any swelling that you have will disappear leaving you with no more than a silvery white
mark just over the top of your bikini line.
To discover how to increase the speed of
healing of your c section scar and learn how to flatten and tone your tummy
immediately after the operation, take a look here now – exercising after a c section.