Most moms start in the first week. We are all different though! You may pop it on day 2 or need to gradually stage use for part of the day. If that is the case, focus use on when you are up and about because that is when the lower pelvis is vulnerable to fluid collection. As time goes on, full day wear will be a piece of cake.
Recovery is dynamic and over weeks and months so be patient with your recovery. Remember the knee surgery example? Many moms think at 3 weeks they should be "fine". You wouldn't expect to to be 100% even 2-3 months after any surgery so continue to control swelling, support tissues and scarring with C-Panty. Start gradually if need be but when the days return that you are up and off for groceries or for a day at the park, get C-Panty on!
Still snug at day 5, don't worry, rest and try again. The uterus does not return to size for 6-8 weeks (10). Oh and we forgot to mention, 71% of moms are still 10 pounds over pre-baby weight one year after delivery (11). Not that we should worry, but if you need a gentle slim for those pants you aren't ready to toss, we have you covered. You are recovering and changing and will be for awhile! C-Panty will be there for you.
When in doubt size up! Some moms like to get two sizes, just like you have some firmer and looser pre-baby panties. With use recommended up to a year and at a minimum of 3-6 months, you'll use it.
Another hint is, if you are used to shape wear, the size chart is adjusted for post-surgical but on that similar pathway. If you didn't use shapewear regularly pre-baby, size up! Tight is not the goal, the clinical support pattern with the incision focus is what is important.
Feel a bit too tight? Again, recovery is the tortoise, not the hare. The uterus does not even return back to size for 6-8 weeks (10). Try again in a few days. C-Panty is here for you for the long haul.
Sure, just wear it over your C-Panty. With C-Panty on, you will still have that incision supported. Take the binder on and off as needed but C-Panty stays on to keep edema under control. After a week or so when you stop the binder, keep C-Panty in use.
Just like binders these fill a need for the first week or two. Integrate these with C-Panty early on if need be. After than when you are up and about, C-Panty is your best choice. Think of that knee surgery example. You wouldn't expect a piece of mesh or stretchy cotton around the knee a 3 weeks later to help. We wouldn't either!
Bands that ride low, or binders pulled down to do the same, block the hip for sitting and walking. This means you are taking them on and off. That is not ideal for swelling as then you have a weak incision with fluid in going in and out, stressing the area. The best best is low grade, consistent control and support through stages 1 and 2 of wound healing for edema and to let the tissues behind the incision repair. Continue silicone use for 3-6 months if at risk for keloids or if you have a symptomatic scar.
Swelling causes a histamine reaction that causes itching. That means the itch is coming from the inside! The best way to combat itch is low grade, consistent edema control with C-Panty. 30% of moms still have scar symptoms such as itch and pain at 3 months (8) so you're not alone. If symptoms ever get worse at your incision, call your MD.
Did you see the post-baby "belly" on the How C-Panty Works page? You body is changing fast! We have designed C-Panty to fit a range of body lengths and changing tummies. The best bet is to rest the silicone strip on the incision and then pull up and adjust to height that you feel comfortable in. There is no need to stretch it up high and if its a bit low, as the uterus shrinks it should be just fine. As long as the tummy is somewhat supported and the incision is supported most, you have met the clinical goal. Sure it helps "slim" but lots of what you have the first 2 weeks is swelling in the abdomen (for those of you not squeamish, you know that now!) and the uterus still being enlarged for 6-8 weeks (10). Let things settle in as you change and when the abdominal swelling goes down at week 2-4, C-Panty will fit to support the weak abdominals and fit more typically.
If your incision has an odor, you need to see your MD as soon as possible. It is not something to mask. The literature is inconclusive on the safety of silver during pregnancy and and for nursing moms (9). There are studies that show it does leak out and can cross the skin barrier. We stuck with traditional fabric to keep a zero risk of exposure to mom and baby.
C-Panty is the OG cesarean panty, started in 2008! Fashion and knit technology has changed since then so we've just updated to a laser cut, taped seam leg. Thanks for your patience!
Of course, but C-panty can help improve the healing process and ensure that your incision site heals correctly.
Don't get us started on the women's health bandwagon or "man-cold" jokes, but there are very few, if any, examples in healthcare where the common post-surgical convention is " you wont even notice in a few weeks." Scarring, swelling, and tenderness are all unavoidable parts of surgical recovery, but C-panty can help make the process as quick and comfortable as possible. You’re taking great care of your baby – don’t forget to take care of yourself as well!
Its best to start C-Panty early, but here are a few facts to help you see that short term is not how recovery works:
The uterus does not return to pre-pregnancy state for 6-8 weeks (10)! And now you know swelling and scarring are even longer! Binders are gone, granny panties are still in the drawer, you should be supporting the uterus during this time. Your too short C-Panty at day 5 is still there for you and fits your new shape.