Many women develop issues with their c-section scar after their second or third pregnancy. Even if you didn’t have pain before your second pregnancy, you might start to develop pain along the lower abdominal region, specifically around your scar, as you get farther along in your pregnancy.
This issue is not uncommon. Here’s what is likely causing this and how it can be treated.
What causes abdominal pain after C-sections?
If you are having abdominal pain during your second pregnancy after having a c-section with your first, here’s what is likely happening.
After your first c-section, scar tissue formed around the scar. This might not have caused any problems initially. However, with your second pregnancy, when your belly expanded, the scar tissue got stretched.
This can create pain that can range from sharp pain, stabbing pain, burning and/or intolerance of sheets and clothing in that area. You might find you have trouble getting up and down or moving in general. You might notice it only with movement, or feel pain constant throughout the day.
Treatment for Scar Tissue Pain
Often, the connection is not made between abdominal pain and your c-section scar. Scar Mobilization techniques can help to beak of the tissue. Usually, the scar is adhered down to the surrounding tissue and needs to be released.
It’s important to be treated by a skilled pelvic floor physical therapist who understands how to treat scar tissue. To help alleviate the pain, you need to create more mobility in the scar by creating more pliability within the tissue.
If you’re experiencing this at the end of you pregnancy, the problem might resolve itself after delivery. However, if the pain persists after delivery, it can trigger other issues, including bladder frequency, pain with sex, GI issues such as constipation or really bad period cramps.
Experiencing Abdominal Pain During or After your Second Pregnancy?
Your c-section scar might be playing a role. To discuss your symptoms with one of our physical therapists, click here to schedule a complimentary phone consultation.
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