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post #41 of 85
the OB who did mine sutured instead of staples because I already knew I make keloid tissue. Apparently if you have this tendency, you end up with a keloid for every staple and it's not as bad when sutured. Given how massive my sutured keloid scar is, I'd hate to see what it would have done with staples if that is supposedly worse.
post #42 of 85
A nurse shaved the top of my pubic hair, but the doctor made the incision above the hair anyway. Whatever. I wouldn't wear a bikini anyway.
post #43 of 85
I had my first in Santiago, Chile where they shave you and give you an enema right when you come in. I knew it was coming and didn't protest but I think it had a lot to do with the panic that set in and the c/s that followed. I also pooped on the surgical table sometime during the surgery (due to the enema no doubt) which added insult to injury...LITERALLY

But the good news is that I have a tiny little scar. I call it my "designer" cesearean, Those ladies were too posh to push a decade before Victoria Beckham got the idea. There are hospitals down there with 90% c/s rate. Anyway, my doctor cut the smallest incision possible and then reefed the baby out. Then he delicately stitched me up. When I went back for my follow up he looked at the scar then kissed his hands and said "Am I good, or am I good?"
post #44 of 85
The nurse shaved me, just the top 1/2 inch or so. My scar is right above the hairline. It's not covered by hair, but is definitely "shadowed" by the flap of saggy skin and fat that puffs out right above it. Mine's a bit longer than most, and a little crooked, since there was a major rush to get DS out because the epidural paralyzed me and they had to quickly put me under general so they could intubate me.

I'm not going in Playboy anytime soon!
post #45 of 85
Having clipped many a belly for section, I can tell you that in most moms, the clipping is so the steristrips and the ABD pad (the initial gigantic band-aid) don't stick to the hair and give you an impromptu waxing. Some incisions are below the hairline, but most are right at it or a smidge above. But for the sterile field, and to keep from pulling off the hair with the bandage, it should be clipped. Not shaved (this increases risk of infection).
post #46 of 85
my scar is in my public hair but NO! I cannot cover it up. It still looks like a c-section scar.
post #47 of 85
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Originally Posted by Kleine Hexe View Post
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....
You know this reminded me of my C/S. I had staples and had to have them removed a week later. I was nervous as I have never had staples removed before but I almost completely lost it (but remained stone still, possibly out of fear) as the nurse approached me with the staple remover and said "You know, this is the first tie I have ever removed staples, the last time I tried the mom left the room screaming before I could finish..." :
post #48 of 85
I'm pretty sure I had staples. I never saw them, though, because the entire time I was in the hospital (three days after the birth) they had this giant rigid foam thing over my wound, and when I was getting ready to be discharged, they removed that *and* the staples.

I was just looking at my scar this morning because of this thread. The "crease" in my skin where my belly flops over is FAR more prominent than the scar, which is maybe 1/2" below the crease (and somewhat above the treeline).
post #49 of 85
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Originally Posted by misseks View Post
1) Did any of you have to shave yourself before surgey (seems a bit humiliating to me...) or
1a) Did the surgeon/nurses shave you before surgery when you were already numbed?
2) Are most of you able to 'hide' your scar like Jenny McCarthy?
I had an emergency c-section and I didn't worry about cuz I already shave down there. (I hate the feeling of pubic hair...always have... ever since it first grew in...ick) therefore...I'm unable to hide it if I'm naked. But whatever...I'll wear that scar proudly. I went through 30+/- hours of natural HB/WB/UC labour before transfering to hospital with a nuchal foot. I freakin' rocked labour until that point LOL!
post #50 of 85
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Originally Posted by Fujiko View Post
I pushed for an hour before I decided to have a c/s (no urge to push, no progress, yada yada) and I hadn't had any pain meds. They shaved me with an electric razor (I think, I vaguely remember some buzzing) while I was still in my own room, then they moved me to the OR to administer the spinal. They just shaved the top, not over my vulva or anything like that. The scar is about an inch below the hair line (I'm kinda on the hairy side). Also, my doc used some kind of skin "glue" so I never had stiches or staples. Although when my hair was growing back a couple strands that were right over the scar became ingrown and I had to wash it out and take care of it so it didn't become infected.

Suprisingly, the scar itself isn't very visible. Instead, it's still a little pink (a year later) and also it makes a weird crease in my fat (you know, the fat pad that everyone has over their pubic bone). It makes it's own "fat roll" where normally I wouldn't have one. Otherwise you wouldn't notice it.
Same here.
post #51 of 85
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Originally Posted by misseks View Post
My new midwife (I'm 12 weeks with #3) said also that she sees a lot of U-shaped scars...mine is a straigh line - any other U-scars out there?

And it got me to thinking about the Hoolywood a-listers with scheduled c/s and how I bet they also didn't get just 7 big staples across their bellies, but rather dozens of tiny, tidy cosmetic-surgery type sutchers (sp?) and maybe that is another reason that c/s may not seems so drastic to that type of body-image conscious type person....:
you only got 7 staples? ummm...! :
post #52 of 85
i was shaved. I had an epi that wasnt working, so I wouldnt say i was numb. I dont have hair covering the scar though. but I had the cosmetic stitches and have had comments on how beautiful my scar looks. Are you freaking kidding me?!!! beautiful is such an inapropriate word, for the experience I went through. I dont care how well it healed, I will never use a word like beautiful to describe it.
post #53 of 85
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Originally Posted by applejuice View Post
YES.
Women received the 3H enema upon admission to L&D (high, hot, and a helluva lot)
The reason given for this demeaning procedure was:
Number One: It clears the lower bowel so the mother will not fear pushing out fecal matter when it is time to push.
Number Two: The enema gets the labor show on the road for the hospital staff.
These are stupid reasons because many women have diarrhea early in labor which naturally clears the lower bowel, and there is still some stools left in the lower colon when the baby arrives anyway.
Yeah...I fear pushing out fecal matter (which I do every day, anyway, yk?) soooo much more than an enema. Ack.

My mom had the enema with my brother in '63. She didn't have it with me or my sister (planned RCS). She says she had absolutely excruciating gas pain post-op with my brother, but not with either of us. She's always attributed it, rightly or wrongly, to the enema.
post #54 of 85
I was shaved.

My scar is like a good inch or inch and a half below my public hairline. I had staples, which I will never have again. My doctor migt have been a jerk, but he was an excellent surgeon. You can't even see my scar.
post #55 of 85
I was shaved, drastically.

I will never know why, but the OB on call made the incision so that my scar sits over/on my pubic bone. So incredibly low.

He might have done that b/c baby was at something like +3 with a cervix at 8 or 9 cm, so he knew baby was looooow.

Alas, neither he nor the homebirth LMs that made me transfer "in case of meconium problems, that's all, just to be near the nursery!", realized that baby was also posterior, and he cut my son's nose.

Alas, no one TOLD me that his nose was cut, and then I was booted from the hopsital at 42 hours post-op, and it took me probably a day to realize that the mark on his nose was a scab, not just dried blood missed during the quick bath DH gave him at the hospital.

I had stitches on the inner layers of the incision, but only steristrips on the outside, perhaps 5 of them.

I was told they would come off quickly, but the night before my 2 week follow-up (the OB insisted on that timing, then when I got there he didn't know why I was there, sigh) they weren't anywhere near coming off and I took them off myself in the shower.

There's a bunch more. Looking at the scar isn't one of my most favorite activities.

But it is so low, and that roll of squish that many attribute to surgery is so high (at least an inch higher, if not more), that I know with me it's just from gaining weight with baby, not due to surgery.

And when I look at that low, small scar, and when I hear about small scars, I am almost physically ill, thinking about babies being pulled out through tiny incisions, when SO often they are pulled from the surgical holes out of fear of being pushed through a small natural "hole". Gotta stop typing now, getting ill.
post #56 of 85
They shaved me, but not by much. I think it was just to clear out all hair within an inch of where they were going to cut because now - I am unshaved as usual lol - the scar is just above my hair line but a few hairs are poking around it. I cant hide it though! lol
post #57 of 85
I just had a 2nd section 3 days ago and this one is noticably higher than my 1st one. It's at least an inch higher, but its hard to tell because I'm still swollen and still have staples in. They did not shave me at all, this time.
post #58 of 85
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Originally Posted by crazydiamond View Post
I just had a 2nd section 3 days ago and this one is noticably higher than my 1st one. It's at least an inch higher, but its hard to tell because I'm still swollen and still have staples in. They did not shave me at all, this time.
They used a different incision place?

I read that in Asia (Phillipines maybe? I read it a while ago....) the women who have one c/s have all c/s as a matter of policay...and they scars just go up up up the belly...so, they are only 'allowed' four c/s because the docs would run out of space vertically.
post #59 of 85
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Originally Posted by misseks View Post
They used a different incision place?

I read that in Asia (Phillipines maybe? I read it a while ago....) the women who have one c/s have all c/s as a matter of policay...and they scars just go up up up the belly...so, they are only 'allowed' four c/s because the docs would run out of space vertically.
They did, but I'm not sure why, to be honest. I was told right beforehand that they'd use the same incision, but I see afterwards that was not the case.

But, I also have some extenuating circumstances, mainly in the form of a reconstructed abdominal wall, so that might have had something to do with it. The reconstruction happened after my first C-section and I know it definitely had an impact on the overall surgery this time around. I need to talk to the doc who did the surgery and find out, specifically, why it's in a different place.
post #60 of 85
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Originally Posted by applejuice View Post
Women were shaved of their pubic hair upon admission to L&D because it was supposed to clear the way for the doctor to do the routine episiotomy and make things nice and clean.
This is stupid because there were studies in medical journals for decades that showed that:
Number One: No hair grows where the episiotomy is done.
Huh. It does on me. Dammit.
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