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I started weight lifting about 6 weeks ago. My focus is on my legs and back and I would get on the torso rotation machine as a start to get my middle area ready to do some harder stuff eventually. 3 days ago I got on 2 different ab machines with very little weight to just get a feel for it. I only did 2 sets on each machine and my abs have been sore. Today I hit the gym and got back on the same machines and I would get super sharp pain inside where my c section scar is when i tried doing my sets. I only did 2 reps on each. It hurt So bad i wanted to cry. Its been 4 years since the c section happened and im wondering if anyone has gone through something like this after so long?? After i went to the torso rotation where i usually do 110lbs and i had to bring it down to 90 because it was very uncomfortable. Im very disappointed because i got excited after trying out the machines 3 days ago and my scar did not hurt then and now it does but only when i try using the ab machines. Any advice please??

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Sorry I don't have any specific experience with c-sections or scars, but I can tell you two things. You should not do anything in the gym that causes a sharp pain. And you can strengthen your core in other ways, without a rotation machine or any ab machines at all. For example, barbell back squats strengthen the core, because when you brace correctly for the squat you use your core to stabilise the spine against a heavy load. I wonder if you would have more success with exercises where the core is stabilising but not moving much? Hopefully someone with more specific knowledge will chime in. But don't get discouraged. There are always setbacks in the gym, and you need to focus on what exercises you can proceed with. If your focus is the legs and back, I can highly recommend squats and deadlifts and all sorts of rowing movements, though I would be careful with the deadlifts because of your abdominal pain.

 

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On 1/26/2020 at 5:43 PM, Casper85 said:

I started weight lifting about 6 weeks ago. My focus is on my legs and back and I would get on the torso rotation machine as a start to get my middle area ready to do some harder stuff eventually. 3 days ago I got on 2 different ab machines with very little weight to just get a feel for it. I only did 2 sets on each machine and my abs have been sore. Today I hit the gym and got back on the same machines and I would get super sharp pain inside where my c section scar is when i tried doing my sets. I only did 2 reps on each. It hurt So bad i wanted to cry. Its been 4 years since the c section happened and im wondering if anyone has gone through something like this after so long?? After i went to the torso rotation where i usually do 110lbs and i had to bring it down to 90 because it was very uncomfortable. Im very disappointed because i got excited after trying out the machines 3 days ago and my scar did not hurt then and now it does but only when i try using the ab machines. Any advice please??

 

I'd recommend finding a good physical therapist who specializes in post natal clients - specifically a pelvic floor specialist. They can check out the c-section scar, figure out what's going on, and recommend the best course of action :)  In addition, they can look to see if you've got diastasis recti (separation of the abs, which is common) - and if so, give a course of action for that, too :) In the meantime, I'd stay away from core movements or anything that causes pain. 

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