Watch for Signs of Infection
Up to 8% of C-section incisions become infected, so it’s just as important to take care of yourself as it is your wee one. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you develop any of these signs of possible infection:
Swelling, warmth, redness, or oozing around your incision
Pain that’s worsening rather than improving
An odorous or foul-smelling vaginal discharge
Burning or pain during urination or if urine is dark and/or bloody
Never Fear, Your C-Section Scar Will Fade
C-section scarring is inevitable, but with proper care it will fade in time. The scar left behind after a C-section incision is typically 1/8” wide and from 4 to 6 inches long. At first, it’ll be raised slightly and may be darker and puffier than the skin around it. It will eventually heal to match your regular skin color and shrink to 1/16” in width. It’s normal for your scar to be itchy as it heals further, shrinks, and fades. If you find it excessively itchy, ask your healthcare provide to suggest itch relief remedies.