Rev Kate Bottley still gets 'scar twinges' 16 years after c-section

What nobody ever tells you about having a C-section: Radio 2 star Reverend Kate Bottley reveals she still gets ‘scar twinges’ 16 years on – as others report ‘nagging, fluttering and numbness’ DECADES later

  • Star told 128,000 followers on Twitter she still gets ‘occasional scar twinges’
  • Asked others whether they experienced same, and said she was surprised to still get some pain because her children are now 16 and 19 
  • Offered a resounding yes from Twitter, with many others sharing similar stories 

Radio 2 Good Morning Sunday Reverend Kate Bottley has revealed how she still gets ‘occasional twinges’ from her C-section scars – despite her children being born 16 and 19 years ago. 

The presenter tweeted her 128,000 followers on Tuesday asking for advice about the unusual pelvic pain, saying: ‘C section mamas, you still get occasional scar and epidural twinges, right? (My babies are 16 and 19).’

The question was answered with an affirmative yes, with lots of other women confirming that they still felt ‘nagging, fluttering and numbness’ often decades after the surgery during childbirth. 

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Reverend Kate Bottley told her 128,000 followers on Twitter she still gets ‘occasional scar twinges’ from her C-sectio

A photo shared by the Reverend of her son, daughter and husband Graham; she told followers that she wanted to normalise conversation around reproductive and birth health

@nicolag07 wrote: ‘Numbness yes! (My children are 15 and 12). No twinges though. Is it still hanging attractively over my pants? Oh yes!’ 

@greenclare2709 replied: ‘Mine are 22,20 and 18 still get them but it was worth it.’ 

@Beytonite penned: ‘Yep 30 yrs ago scar still numb in places and still have twinges and tickly feelings. My Mum has me 59 yrs ago and has a massive scar from tummy button downwards and she has always been numb around her scar too.’ 

@Mrs___EM added: ‘Perfectly ‘normal’ in my book – x3 emergency C-sections, first was 24 years ago – weird twinges & numbness, like the scar isn’t actually mine. Gives me the heebie jeebies – deffos worth it though and I am dead proud of my ‘not quite on top of each other’ scars!’ 

The radio star received an affirmative yes when asking her Twitter fans whether also experienced sensations caused by a c-section years previously (Kate, second from left, pictured with her family)

Later Rev. Bottley wrote: ‘Two things. Great to know I’m not alone and this is others’ experience and how important it is to normalise conversation around reproductive and birth health.’

She added: ‘Thanks to everyone who replied, I’m off to take a paracetamol and refill the hot water bottle.’

Rev Bottley shot to fame with her appearances on Channel 4’s Gogglebox between 2014 and 2016 alongside husband Graham. The reverend and broadcasting star, who has also appeared on Celebrity Masterchef, now presents radio show Good Morning Sunday with presenter Jason Mohammad.


There are various reasons why a doctor may recommend that you have a caesarean section instead of giving birth vaginally.

If you had complications in a previous pregnancy or birth, or in your current pregnancy, you may be advised to have what’s called a planned or elective caesarean, or a planned repeat caesarean.

If you were planning to give birth vaginally, but complications during labour or birth mean that you’re advised to give birth by caesarean, you’ll have what’s called an unplanned or emergency caesarean. 

Here are some reasons why doctors may opt for a planned or emergency caesarean, rather than a vaginal birth:

  • You’ve already had at least one caesarean section.
  • Your baby is in a bottom-down, or breech, position.
  • Your baby is in a sideways (transverse) position, or keeps changing its position (unstable lie).
  • You have a low-lying placenta (placenta praevia).
  • You have a medical condition, such as heart disease or diabetes.
  • You have lost a baby in the past, either before or during labour.
  • You’re expecting twins or more.
  • Your baby is not growing as well as it should be in your womb.
  • You have severe pre-eclampsia or eclampsia, making it dangerous to delay the birth.

Source: BabyCentre 

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