When did your steri-strips fall off, if you had them? I was told they'd fall off on their own and not to mess with them. It seems like a lot of surgeons remove them at the two week visit but I've seen the OB and she did not remove them. I guess if they're still stuck at 6 weeks the midwife will take them off
My steri-strips were put on when the OB took out the staples at 1 wk, and she told me to take them off myself if they hadn't fallen off in a week. Those things would NOT come off on their own....1 wk and two days later I applied both nail polish remover and lotion to them, then peeled them off one by one, and let me tell you, that was not fun. :
I hope you feel better soon.
Mia, married to my since 2006, mama to D (5/06) and M (8/09).
I am still sore at the incision, and it feels a bit tight on the left side, but not too bad.
I still have steri strips attached. I was also told to let them fall off on their own, but they are stuck tight.
I am able to sit up on my own and roll from side to side in bed comfortably, which makes life much easier!
12/07 & 7/08
I was dying to get out of the house last weekend and made the big mistake of going to Target. Made it until about aisle 4 before I started to hurt. DH ended up doing the rest of the shopping while I rested in the nursing glider.
I am hoping this soreness goes away soon. I also had a lot of pelvic pain during the pregnancy and I still have it which is probably a large part of why I am having trouble walking much.
Wife, 27, to DH, 33, and Mama to DS1 Josiah - 8/09, DS2 James - 3/11, 10 angel babies, 3 foster children, and one adorable ALMOST ADOPTED son - 5/05
Yep! That's me at 5 weeks pp tomorrow. Healed great, though I can feel this whole "log" of scar tissue if I feel kinda underneath the scar from above or below. I'm numb from just below my belly button down to the scar. It's the weirdest thing I've ever felt. lol. I've heard you don't ever really get it all back...is that true?
Scar massage can help with restoring sensation though, and with breaking down adhesions and scar tissue "lumps". There are c/s specific how-tos in the Mummy Tummy book (by Tupler) and Bounce Back into Shape After Baby (I think that's the title). There is also info in mdc's Natural Family Living Cesarean Resources sticky. And later Maya Massage can help.
Steri strips- I was told that they'd fall off. When they were still there around 4 weeks I called (total snafu... my care provider doesn't do surgery and didn't know what I should do, the OB who did the surgery wouldn't talk to me since I wasn't a patient) and was eventually told to remove them myself. Ack! I did it in a hot shower and was kind of dissociated from my body while doing it. It didn't hurt, but I had so much adrenaline I almost passed out. Holding a warm/wet compress on the strips while drinking a glass of wine and watching a distracting movie might be a better way to do it!
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Once the swelling goes down and your bleeding tapers off a little you'll feel a little more normal. Just remember that you've had major surgery and to take it slow.
Ticked me off too that I couldn't do a lot of stuff for myself for a while...
M 6/2001, S 12/2005, E 6/2009 (31wkr) & birth-mum to H 9/2003
I haven't been taking it as easy as I should, but I have been taking it easier than I usually would. I'm just going stir crazy.
I finally looked at the pictures dh took of the baby after the surgery and in recovery. I still feltt like I couldn't breathe when I looked at them but I didn't cry, so that's a step in the right direction. I'm still not ready to deal with it yet.