My name is Karly Louise Smart, I’m 35 years old and currently live in South Wales in the UK and am a specialist in c-section recovery and postpartum weight loss… I am a mother of 5 beautiful children 4 of which were delivered vaginally and the 5th via emergency c section after which I contracted sepsis.
Tell us about your c-section journey
My c-section recovery seemed a little more challenging than others as I contracted sepsis in my scar after my operation. I also kept getting reoccurring infections in the scar up to 6 months after my operation. My scar in general started to heal pretty well after the 6-month mark as I ensured I supplemented my body with nutrients and foods that would help with healing and scar tissue. It was when researching that I found CicaLux therapy on Instagram. At this point my scar was still itchy and I would experience issues such as raised lumps and ingrowing hair at the scar site.
How was your recovery journey with CicaLux?
I was so excited when I received my product through the post. I was surprised at how well it was packaged and how easy the instructions were. The first day I used it (see photo) I found it to be very discrete and easy to wear while carrying on with my daily routine. I would wear my therapy as much as possible and make it a habit of putting it on after the bath every night (7pm) and then taking it off the following day at bath time again. I found this helped me keep in a good routine and also helped me ensure it was washed correctly too. I found that it was easy to wear even with 2 toddlers jumping all over me. I even found it effective when my monthly period came around as the heated stone would help ease some of the cramping pains I experienced.
After the treatment, I was shocked. I found my scar’s redness had disappeared and the itchiness too. I feel confident that if anyone needs help with the appearance of their scar I would recommend CicaLux therapy straight away.
BEFORE vs AFTER
My scar after 57 days of CicaLux therapy. The treatment is usually 60 days long but I was too excited to wait the extra few days I had to post the results!
Do you think that c-section recovery is talked about enough?
For me c-section recovery and the issues we face as women are not talked about nearly enough. I also feel there is a gap where health care providers should discuss c-sections In detail (from the risk factors having a c-section can pose later to recovery in general not enough is done in this area).
Your advice to other c-section mothers?
After countless amounts of research into recovery from a c-section I would give this advice to any woman due for a c-section or recovering from one.Ensure you give your body the full recovery it needs after your c-section, flood it with nutrients from foods and supplements… Eat high protein foods which will aid scar recovery… Incorporate omegas and vitamin D3 into your diet. Take anti-inflammatory ingredients such as turmeric, ginger and rooibos tea regularly. And above all, take it easy, don’t push things too far you’ve been through a major operation. Be kind to yourself and give yourself time <3
Lost 27kg after my 5th pregnancy via c-section and surviving sepsis