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Incision question

I usually only post on my bmb but I thought you all would have some good insight...

I am one week postpartum and have still noticed that the ends if my incision on either side are very tender especially if I try to stand up from a sitting position.

My right side has always been a little worse than my left but recently I've noticed that my left side hurts a bit more. There is no redness or anything. I can see a bit of dried blood underneath the tape over my stitches but I assume that has been there since the incision.

How long did it take you all to feel back to normal?

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Re: Incision question

  • IdaniIdani
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    Sounds very normal.  With my first I was very tender for a good month.  I had a very slow recovery.  With my second, I felt good about 1 week PP and had no more pain by 2 weeks.  As long as it isn't red or burning, it sounds like normal healing.
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  • I would say it was tender for about a month and felt numb for about 2 months.

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  • I'm surprised you still have your stitches in.  I mean, I had staples so maybe they're different?  They took mine out before I even left the hospital.
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    image iwantnoworld:
    I'm surprised you still have your stitches in.  I mean, I had staples so maybe they're different?  They took mine out before I even left the hospital.

    I left the hospital both times with stiches and tape. 

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    I would say it was tender for about a month and felt numb for about 2 months.

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    They used the stitches that dissolve with me.  I am told that staples are so much better for recovery.

  • I agree and the only reason I feel my second was easier than my first because I had dissolving stitches instead of staples. I feel each time is different because of the scar tissue also (that's what my doctor tells me).

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  • It took me about 5 or 6 weeks to feel "normal". By that I mean I just started wearing regular jeans again.. as opposed to yoga pants bc the incision was still pretty sensitive and tender. Keep an eye on the side that is more painful. Mine opened on one side and I had to go back and have it drained. I'm 8 wk pp now and my belly is still numb and a little tender. Everyone is different though! My whole delivery was kind of horrific, so I'm guessing that's why my recovery was also long and horrific. Definitely give it time tho and try not to do too much.
  • Took me several weeks to feel normal. I was more tender on the side my OB stood on. She said I would be versus where her first assist stood. Said her knots are tighter. I also left with internal sutures and tape not staples. Thats pretty standard to get stitches that disolve.
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  • I'm one month pp and would say that this past week is the first time I've felt normal. I'm still numb and the incision is still tender but I can move around pretty much pain free.

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