Brace yourself. Seriously.

After a C-section, the incision pain can interfere with movements and activities. Learn how to brace or splint C-section incision to help to manage that pain and get more active in those first few days after delivery.

Splinting techniques for incisions have been used for years for patients after heart surgery, abdominal surgery… so why are C-section mamas often neglected? We are not sure. But you can learn this simple technique before birth to prepare yourself for after delivery.

How to do it:

  • Use a towel, small pillow, or grab a nearby receiving blanket. Fold the cloth until it is the about 2 hand widths high, and extends past the length of your incision.
  • Using flat hands, press the towel (or pillow or blanket) over your incision, applying firm and even pressure across the incision.
  • While holding the splint in place, inhale, and then exhale a bit as you perform your movement or activity.
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Using a towel to splint your C-section incision can be relieving during those first few days after delivery.

When should I splint my incision?

Great question! You can use this technique anytime you have increased pressure against your incision. We recommend that you use this whenever you feel incisional pain with something. For example, getting out of bed. After using your arms to help get into an upright positions, you can splint your incision to swing your legs over the side of the bed, or as you stand up. Splinting is also particularly awesome when coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose (splint with one hand) and during bowel movements. Splinting your C-section incision is particularly helpful for the first few day and up to a week after delivery. Remember, your c-section wound pain should continue to improve. 

If your pain worsens, please contact your obstetrical care provider.

Looking for more info on splinting your C-section Incision?

Check out this short video demonstrating the technique, HERE.

We sincerely hope that this can help manage some of that post delivery discomfort!

Want to learn more about postpartum recovery, your pelvic floor and women’s health?

You can check out this related post about C-section: 

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Eryn Matheson & Katie Kelly, Registered Physiotherapists