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17/11/2013 at 07:04
Due to a few complications, I had to have an episiotomy which unfortunately continued to tear to 3rd degree. I'm not sure how many stitches I've got but I was in theatre for 2 hours having them. Surgeon told me she's a perfectionist and I now have a designer vagina!
Things aren't feeling too bad at the moment and I'm on paracetamol, ibuprofen, antibiotics and laxatives. Had my catheter out this morning and should be allowed home providing I can wee ok.
Just wanted to know what the best advice you received for recovery? I'm naturally quite concerned about how painful it's going to be!
17/11/2013 at 07:05
Thanks in advance, have uploaded a pic of the little man on my BA!
17/11/2013 at 07:12
Keep taking all your meds. Drink plenty and eat lots of fruit. I didn't find it as sore going to the loo as I thought. Fingers crossed you heal quickly
17/11/2013 at 08:44
Firstly congratulations! My 3rd degree tear was honestly not as bad as I first feared, and I've had no long term problems (15 months and counting!). Keep on top of your pain relief, even if you feel ok as you can feel fine and then realise you've gone too long and its very painful. I was given lactulose so my first bowel movement was very soft and didnt hurt at all. Showering the area with warm water and patting dry helps relieve discomfort and keep clean obviously! Take it easy and look after yourself xx
17/11/2013 at 08:47
Thanks Daisy & Estrellita :-) been for my first wee and was so relieved to find that it wasn't painful! Been told that things are fast healing down there so just hoping that's true!
17/11/2013 at 09:41
Hi BE. With my first I had a 4th degree tear and no problems. I found washing after going to the toilet and patting dry was better than wiping. Keep taking your medication regularly and get some arnica tablets to heal from the inside. I believe these were the best thing to help me heal. Also ask your H to keep checking the stitches to make sure they are healing well. Take it easy and rest as much as you can with your feet up! X
17/11/2013 at 17:01
Congrats again BE!
I had an episiotomy and 3rd degree tear as well. Definitely don't be a hero when it comes to pain relief, keep on top of it. First bm doesn't hurt as much as you would think, I was scared of going but it wasn't that bad. I found a bath with a few drops of lavender oil mixed with a capful of milk to help it disperse was very soothing. Take it easy too, don't overdo it even if you think you feel ok. I went out for a long walk 6 days post birth and sorely regretted it that evening! Hope you heal quickly xxx
17/11/2013 at 17:57
I had the same and it really wasn't that bad. Bruising hurt for a while, but if I'd kept up with painkillers, would have been fine. No problems long term either, and I had a second baby (only 2nd degree tear 2nd time round lol). Congratulations btw.
17/11/2013 at 19:52
Definitely keep on top of the pain relief. Also, my SILs recommended Badedas Original Bath Gelee - I bathed in it twice a day and I'm sure it helped. It's not cheap but I've had the same bottle 21 months and use it most days!
17/11/2013 at 20:14
I had a 3rd degree tear as my LO was back to back. I was also in theatre for 2 hours! I have been chuffed how well things have healed, after a few weeks I couldn't feel a thing and have had no long term problems. I had lactulose, antibiotics and painkillers which really helped. The midwife told me to wee in the shower if it hurt, but I found it to be ok. I had to have a follow up appointment after 6 weeks with a consultant, but had no problems. I remember a stitch starting to poke out from inside my perenium after a week or so, so I went to the Doctors and he snipped it off for me - other than that problem free, I have healed much better than some of my friends who had small tears with minimal stitches. I was advised to use lavender oil or salt in the bath to help with the healing too.
I am now 26 weeks pregnant with no 2 so I have had to have an endoanal scan to see how things have healed internally to check that I am ok for a natural delivery. Luckily everything seems fine, so have been cleared to 'aim for a natural delivery!'
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