Cradles & Cupcakes

Postpartum: C-Section Scar Massage

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File this under "things they don't tell you...but should."

So I'm sitting in my Wednesday Mommy and Me class trying to be all social post baby and it's Postpartum Health Day. A tiny woman joins our circle and introduces herself as Dr. Whitney Sippl, a women’s health physical therapist. She talks about kegels (which I never do) and pelvic floor health, we briefly go over postpartum sex (Oliver Fox is being super cute and since hubby and I haven't had any problems I let myself be distracted by him) and then she sparks my interest...by giving me the heebie jeebies.

Managing scar tissue.
**I'll focus more on c-section though she goes over perineal also

 Source: The Surgical Council on Resident Education Inc.

Source: The Surgical Council on Resident Education Inc.

After being cut into a bodies natural reaction is to heal itself by whatever means necessary, right? So our skin and tissue, all organized in layers, often stick together in very unorganized directions during this healing process. This basically causes adhesions (bands of scar tissue) and adhesions are the leading cause of lower back and pelvic pain, cause they're so sticky they end up adhering to other tissues in the body. They can also be the cause of discomfort during sex and they give you that lovely "shelf" appearance over your belly. 

So when should you be starting these massages?

After your doctor gives you the all clear for sex, you're good to go for scar tissue massage too! That's usually your 6 week appointment! I was in week 8 and no one had talked to me about this?

Why?

 Source: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk

Source: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk

So Whitney says to start by getting accustomed to touching your scar. Laying a hand against it, running a finger back and forth along the length of the scar. The first time I did this at home I cried, labor and delivery was so difficult and I had just realized I was touching my sons birth hole for the first time. It was a weird sensation. 

I also still feel very little from where my scar is up to my bellybutton. The area is still numb, and sometimes tingly. As someone who loves science and medicine, I was quite surprised how uncomfortable I was with my own scar. 

So then you move into massaging the scar back and forth across the scar, diagonals, circles, etc. I am now a pro at this part.

Then you're supposed to try to lift the scar up away from the underlying tissue...Guys, my scar is so sunken in...this seems an impossible feat.

Eventually you're supposed to move into lifting it and moving it in all directions and rolling it between your fingers. Yeah...we are definitely not there yet. 

How many of your doctors talked to you about scar tissue management at your six week follow up? (Or about any postnatal care?)


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If you're in the Southern California area I highly recommend looking up Whitney Sippl, DPT, WCS, CPT who runs Restored Physique a pre and postnatal physical therapy and wellness in home service. 
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You can also see her at MommyCon!

Oliver Fox: 2 Month Nightime Routine

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I’m a creature of habit.

I don’t like chaos, especially towards the end of the day, and my nighttime routine is very important to me. That’s why, even at 3 weeks old, I started a consistent nighttime routine with Oliver Fox. 

All my research told me that babies won’t follow schedules and so, maybe, in the beginning it was more for my sanity than it was for him and then...slowly but surely, our consistent routine had my little man sleeping 4 hours straight. Then 5. Then 6...all of a sudden my baby was sleeping 7 hours straight and he was only 5 weeks old. 

It wasn’t just the sleep.

He would look forward to the thirty minutes of dancing in front of the mirror that we did each night. If he was fussy, just hearing the water running in the bath would calm him down. He would honestly sit in the bath forever if I let him, just getting warm water poured all over him. The full body baby massages would relax him. Falling asleep to the sound of hubby reading; all of it. Oliver Fox loved his nighttime routine and he made sure we knew it because the one time things didn’t go according to plan, he took away mom and dads sleep. 

So we’re going to stick to the schedule, because it’s working for us, and we’ll adapt it and change it to his needs as he gets older (*and has been changed 30 min here and there on days he refuses to nap), but for now it’s:

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6:30pm - Dance time 

7:00pm - A nice warm bath using Aveeno’s Natural Oat Extract Wash & Shampoo. We love that it’s gentle on his sensitive skin, especially because we wash him every night—it gets really hot in our California apartment, we have to. 

7:15pm - We dry off and snuggle before using Aveeno’s Daily Moisture Lotion for Oliver Foxes baby massage. I truly think it helps to work out his muscles and just leaves him so relaxed. It helps that Aveeno is made to protect babies delicate skin and moisturizes for 24 hours.

7:30pm - We’re all swaddled and latched on to the boob while dad picks out a story (my current favorite is Jimmy Fallon’s Mama).

8:00pm - Asleep

Did you have a night time routine for your baby? When did you start? How did it change over time?

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*This post was sponsored by Aveeno