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How to Get Rid of a C-section Overhang

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

We get asked so often “How do I get rid of this pouch / c-section overhang?”

post-partum mother holding stomach
post-partum mother

When you look in the mirror side-on your tummy looks like a B! What is going on? The reason can vary so there’s never one straight answer. Dehydration, scar tension, tummy separation can all contribute to this “apron” of tissue.

Have a little go at some of these…

Steps to Improve your C-section Overhang

1. Drink lots of water!

Wounds are thirsty, they need water to nourish and heal.

women walking in trainers

2. Exercise for the stage of recovery you are currently at.

This will vary for everyone based on whether it was a planned or emergency c-section, recurrent infections, pregnancy pelvic-girdle pain …etc so don’t compare yourself to your NCT buddies

3. Use scar massage to help “release” the tethering of the tissues around the scar.

This also supports recovery from any nerve damage and helps with the numbness you may be feeling

4. Get a post-natal check with a women’s health professional.

Get them to check for tummy muscle separation

baby breastfeeding

5. If you’re breastfeeding, you might find lying down position or rugby-hold easier to do.

6. Improve circulation to the scar by massaging your tummy and hips

7. Use medical-grade moisturiser and silicone strips

This helps to soften the scar tissue.

These are just some tips that can help reduce c-section overhang, the appearance of the scar and your overall comfort. If you need help and support around managing your c-section, please get in touch.

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