Recovering from a C section takes time and one of the most important things in the first few weeks is protecting your scar from bumps and knocks. Knowing I was having an elective C section this time meant I could arm myself with products to help my recovery.
The Theraline Caesarean support belt is multipurpose. Firstly, and most helpful, the padded front protects your scar from minor bumps. There is a soft pillow and solid plastic guard you can place inside to give further protection which is particularly helpful if you have toddlers running about! There are also additional inserts (a cherry stone pillow and a gel pack) which can provide a heating or cooking effect to ease pain and inflammation and also help with uterus contraction pain.
The tension of the belt acts as light pressure against the scar providing light support. I found this helpful to ease the feeling that my stitches were going to burst everytime I bent over or coughed. I mainly wore the belt for this reason, particularly when a passenger in a car journey where I was being bounced and jiggled about. The fit it very good because it stays in place but allows for movement so you never feel it is too tight. It is also quite discreet and reasonably slimline so can be hidden under a top if you want.
The belt is actually quite versatile and after my fall down the stairs 10 days post op it was the perfect shape to turn around and use to apply the cold gel pack to my lower back! It got a lot of use this way and I'll be keeping hold of it for any lower back niggles in the future.
Overall this is a reasonably priced, nice to have product which can help give you a little extra support over your scar. I was lucky to have lots of help over the first month but had I been alone more with the toddler I would have worn it a lot more to give me piece of mind. I found the gel pack more useful than the cherry stone pillow but I'm not a fab of heat over my stomach which could explain that.
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