How long is this going to last?
November 11, 2011 2:18 PM Subscribe
I gave birth about 3 weeks ago to my first baby (yay!). Unfortunately, though, it was a very difficult delivery and I ended up with a third degree tear to my perineum. I am still in pain and was just wondering if others who had severe tears could let me know their recovery experiences and timelines.
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Immediately after the birth, when I had my stitches still in, I was sitting up in bed to breastfeed. It was a bit painful, but I could do it. About a week ago, my stitches started dissolving.... and now the pain is much worse. I can't really sit at all, so I'm spending my days alternately lying down and standing up. When I have to sit, it is really uncomfortable and I end up bleeding a bit from the wound. I also bleed from the wound every time I have a bowel movement, and I am unable to hold any gas in... it just comes right out. I am really hoping this doesn't last forever.
I went to my midwife a few days ago and she examined the perineum - she said that the healing looks normal for this stage. I am taking 2-3 sitz baths a day, and doing kegel exercises.
How long should I expect to be in pain? If you had a third or fourth degree tear, how long did it take before you could sit comfortably? Did you have any longlasting damage? Is there anything else I could be doing to help speed recovery? I'm just sick of feeling bad and worrying that I will be this way forever.