The days and months following the birth of your baby can be stressful, particularly for C‑section deliveries.
According to research1, 70% of C-section mothers experience negative emotions – like fear or sadness – when seeing their C-section scar for the first time. This, the many life adjustments, and the raw emotions of the childbirth itself may lead to negative feelings or mood swings for new mothers.
Your mental health matters – for you and your baby – and we’re here to help with some advice on managing baby blues after a C‑section.
Expect, acknowledge and be hopeful
Baby blues, otherwise known as postpartum depression (PPD), is the onset of a transient period of low mood and mild depressive symptoms that may last for up to a year after delivery.2
A study concluded that the global prevalence of PPD was 17.7%, with geographically specific data pointing to a prevalence rate of 3% in Singapore.3 A C-section delivery is accompanied by added pain and a wound recovery process of up to 6 weeks.4
So if you're crying, anxious, irritable, experiencing insomnia, mood swings or appetite changes, know that you’re not alone. And know that everything will get better – much better.
Loving yourself and your baby
A C-section can sometimes bring about feelings of guilt or sadness for not having delivered your baby naturally, contributing to complex emotions that are unique to a C-section delivery.4
On top of everything coming your way, remember to love yourself. You can start with simple, concrete actions like having a delicious and nutritious diet, or pampering yourself with a nice bath or massage, while your family looks after your baby and your other needs.
Help and hope is near
If the emotional and physical pain after a C-section is overwhelming, it can be helpful to talk about any depressive symptoms (PPD or otherwise) candidly with your doctor, family and friends. Medical professionals today use a variety of instruments to assess PPD, including the Beck Depression Inventory and Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale.5
Seeing a doctor can help drive the baby blues away, but your social network is equally important. You may have loved ones who have had similar experiences. They can not only offer handy advice, but also a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on.
Help for your C-section scar
There is no doubt that C-section scars are a permanent mark, and can contribute to insecurities about your body. If you’re wondering if your scar can be treated or if you’re resigned to living with it, you’re not alone!
Did you know?
1 in 2 C-section mums feel like there’s nothing they can do about their scars1
About 6 in 10 mums wish to have their scar treated, but aren’t sure what treatments to turn to1
4 in 10 mums say they can’t find a trustworthy product or treatment for their C-section scar1
You can put your mind at ease, as your C-section scars can certainly be treated with safe, non-invasive scar treatments that are readily available in the form of topical gels. Dermatix® Ultra, which features a scientifically proven formulation comprising CPX silicon (cyclopentasiloxane) and Vitamin C Ester, effectively lightens, softens and flattens5,6,7 C-section scars.
Here’s the science behind our formula. CPX regulates transepidermal water loss, preventing the accumulation of collagen responsible for raised scars, while Vitamin C Ester is the active ingredient responsible for lightening hyperpigmentation. All in all, Dermatix® Ultra’s formulation works to leave a fainter appearance, while simultaneously protecting the skin and aiding your body's natural healing processes.
Drive away baby blues with Dermatix® Ultra and step into a more confident, self-assured you.