A few years ago I was helping a mom with breastfeeding, and we started talking about her birth. She said, "You know, no one tells you all the things you can do to help your scar heal well after you have a c-section."
I nodded sympathetically and said, "yeah," but what I was really thinking was, "What? I had a c-section and I have no idea what she's talking about! What the heck can you do?"
I recently became a member of the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), and one of the first things I did was watch a webinar they hosted on caring for the c-section incision area. I really enjoyed it was able to arrange to interview, for Motherlove Herbal Company, the woman who did the presentation, a New York physical therapist named Isa Herrera who is the author of Ending Female Pain: A Woman's Guide.
In the interview Isa said that some women have pain, numbness and other complaints from their scar for years after their births, and that in some countries in Europe women are automatically referred for physical therapy as part of their recovery.