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post #21 of 85
They shaved me just a bit before surgery. My scar is just even with the hairline.

I had staples--I actually requested them instead of sutures. I just think that they make a nicer scar in the end (I used to work in womens' healthcare). But, honestly, if I had a doc tell me she/he was more comfortable with suture, I'd go with that, instead. If someone is cutting and sewing on me, I'm all about them doing what they think they do best.
post #22 of 85
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I had staples and they seemed really far apart to me, even at that time.

I'm having a really hard time accepting my scar - even though it's 3 and a half years old. After my VBAC, I did sort of feel like it had faded somewhat, but to me, I'm ashamed of it. Like I failed somehow in protecting my baby's birthright.

I used to go to the nudy-beach, but I don't anymore.
post #23 of 85
A nurse shaved me right before surgery, too — just a little off the top edge. I jokingly told her, "Oh, my husband would just love it if you'd take it all off." (Hubby has a thing for smooth bits ... *blush*) The nurse was not the least bit amused, though.

It grew back over my scar, so I don't really see it.

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Originally Posted by misseks View Post
My mom told me that in the 1970s when a woman came into the hospital in labour that she was shaved from "navel to knees" and given an enema...I believe this is probably true. Any insight?
I met someone who had a homebirth in Rome, where she was living, and she said she chose a homebirth primarily because they still shave the women and give them enemas. She just couldn't stomach the idea of giving birth in an Italian hospital. When she discussed this with Italian women, their reaction was, "You mean you don't shave before giving birth? That's so dirty and unsanitary!" Interesting ...
post #24 of 85
My scar is in the top of my pubic hair. A nurse shaved a bit right before the surgery.
post #25 of 85
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Originally Posted by Apricot View Post
Here's a link to a recent post on theshapeofamother.com:
Self-Acceptance
It shows a very typical c-section scar
I never had any bruising like that, that was in the picture. Is that common because that is aweful and I thought mine looked bad right after. I remember when I looked at mine for the first time it was so painful emotionally seeing all those staples and where they actually cut me a pulled my son out of.
post #26 of 85
I trim so they didn't need to shave me, but talked about it untill they saw down there
my scar is just ever so slightly above the hairline
post #27 of 85
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Originally Posted by junomama View Post
"You mean you don't shave before giving birth? That's so dirty and unsanitary!" Interesting ...
Some people have the strangest hang-ups about body hair and other normal, natural conditions.

It would take an army of psychiatrists to figure it all out, but I would not trust the psychiatrists.
post #28 of 85
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Originally Posted by applejuice View Post
To the OP:
YES.

YES.

These demeaning, useless procedures are no longer done routinely because advocates of natural birth challenged the hospitals on the basis of their necessity and cited the medical studies that showed them to be of no use.
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post #29 of 85
i don't think i was shaved at all and i'm pretty hairy. it's grown a little over the scar but not that much.
post #30 of 85
mine is definitely within the hair area. Reading this post brings back my memory of when the bandage was removed and I almost puked looking at/touching the incision.
post #31 of 85
I think I must have lucked out a bit with those steri strips! I had staples which were removed at the hospital (day 4) and then the steri strips were put on. The strips didn't fall off for about 2.5 weeks (if I recall correctly) so I couldn't actually "see" the incision area until almost 3.5 weeks after the operation. By which time things didn't look so bad. I still almost passed out and was totally light headed and spacy but there was no bruising, no open edges, no old blood or anything "physically" traumatizing about the way the incision looked. Unlike the image on the shapeofamother website.

Now I don't know how much of that was due to the skill of the surgeon (I'd never met him, he was just the on call OB, but I later heard he was the best surgeon in the region with people coming from all over to use his services) and how much was due to the way I heal but... I think I'll just thank my lucky steri strips that even if I'd wanted to look it wouldn't have been possible through the tape. That first look was hard enough.
post #32 of 85
1. No I didn't do it myself
1a. Yes nurse did it.
2. No.

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I thought her implication was that she stopped 'trimming' because she had a c-section, and that way she could cover the scar.
That's not what I infered from her remark. I infered that she's full of stretch marks, loose skin, scar maybe is a little ugly (or even if it's not hiddeously ugly, who wants to look at a scar anyway? Surgical scars aren't exactly considered sexy, generally speaking.) So therefore, she doesn't feel the need to draw attention to the area with a sexy "hair cut".
post #33 of 85
I agree Benji'sMom. She was in playboy not too long ago, though.
If she hasn't said so in one of her books, I bet we could write her and ask her. She seems like "celebrity most likely to spill embarassing details if you ask".
post #34 of 85
OK, am I now the only one who wants to go find that old Playboy photo of Ms. McCartney to see just how much pubic hair she has and how high it goes?
post #35 of 85
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Originally Posted by ~Megan~ View Post
They did shave me after the spinal. Its just under my hairline but not really hidden
ditto

I remember the nurse asking me if that was ok. I was like, um, none of this is ok. But in the midst of all this insanity that one thing seems just fine to me.
post #36 of 85
They shaved me too, right before my c/s. The scar is fairly low, but still above the hair line.
post #37 of 85
I vividly remember being shaved. It was such a weird sensation as they did it very quickly right after they put the epidural in (an emergency c-section). I remember saying, "WHAT IS THAT??" while they were shaving.

My scar (actually two cesareans) is very difficult to see, but it's basically level with the hairline.
post #38 of 85
I'm in the minority I guess, I was not shaved at all and the scar is just below (maybe 1/2") the hair line. My mum says the OB was moving hairs out of the way while she was stitching. There's no hiding it though, I have a great big keloid so the hair would have to be a LOT thicker to do any kind of concealing.
post #39 of 85
Yes, my scar is blow the hairline. I was shaved by the nurse. I don't remember it at all. By that point I was unconscious.
post #40 of 85
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Originally Posted by BetsyS View Post
I had staples--I actually requested them instead of sutures. I just think that they make a nicer scar in the end (I used to work in womens' healthcare). But, honestly, if I had a doc tell me she/he was more comfortable with suture, I'd go with that, instead. If someone is cutting and sewing on me, I'm all about them doing what they think they do best.

I had sutures and not staples. I'm glad I did. I've seen scars that had staples and my scar looks much better. I guess it does depend on the surgeon. I am thankful I had a good one....even though he did perform it without good reason. Besides, my incision was so sore I cannot imagine having to have them removed! I'd still have staples to this day 7 yrs later....
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