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Q&A: Healing after birth?

I gave birth four days ago and I’m still so sore down there. Is there any way I can make it heal faster, or at least deal with the discomfort?

Re: I gave birth four days ago and I’m still so sore down there. Is there any way I can make it heal faster, or at least deal with the discomfort?

The Bump Expert

We feel your pain. The days after delivery can be pretty tough, especially if you had an episiotomy or tear. To speed up healing, keep your perineum (the tissue between the vagina and rectum) clean and dry. Change sanitary pads every four to six hours, or whenever you go to the bathroom. Always move from front to back when removing pads or wiping, and wash your hands before and after. These steps prevent bacteria in your stool (yick!) from entering your vagina. If it hurts to pee or wipe, use a squirt bottle of warm water to spray the area while you go, and pat dry with gauze after.

Sitz baths (a few inches of warm water in the tub) are also helpful. Try to take one after every bowel movement. Cold water can also be soothing in the first few days -- try gradually adding ice cubes as you sit in the tub. And, don’t forget your Kegel exercises -- they’ll help tighten your muscles, improve circulation and ultimately, reduce the pain. And, donut pillows, sexy as they are, can also help your hurting hiney.

watch: help yourself heal quickly post-birth

Paula Kashtan

re: Q: Healing Down There?

There is something made by the motherlove company which is a sitz bath (just herbs, etc) and I put it in a peri bottle (squirty bottle) to use after going to the bathroom. This was recommended to me by my midwives and really helped a lot!

robin_pauline |

re: Q: Healing Down There?

Anybody know how long do u need to keep using the peri-bottle of warm water?

celticbride03 |

re: Q: Healing down there?

I was told to use the peri-bottle until the bleeding and discharge stops

a.l.adkins |

Q&A: Healing after birth?

situ bath can help.[warm water situ bath]

chiomag |

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Tucks pads worked well! I had 3rd degree tears and was so swollen nurses would bring other nurses in just to see it. They made the swelling go down and took away a lot of the pain.

JLSimon1 |

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I agree with the Tucks pads and also Dermoplast spray also worked wonders for me with the pain from tearing .. and it really hurt at first to get in and out of the tub but it made a huge difference just sitting in there for a few min a couple times a day

Jeberg |

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Keep taking your Tylenol or Advil every 4-6 hrs. Sitting on pillows or donuts helps lots. My doc has me use Betadine (Povodone-Iodine) in my sitz baths and in a little bottle to make sure that my incision stays bacteria-free and avoids infection, which would only prolong the healing period and max out the pain factor.

BarefootNPregnant |

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I have second degree tears and am mildly swollen still. My doctor had me use the tucks pads with some dibucaine (cheap and over the counter) and that was the best relief for me. I tried a few other things and that was the best. I would put 2-3 tucks on top of my pad and then a strip of dibucaine down the center of the tucks and then apply carefully. Good luck to anyone experiencing this.

Firestar413 |

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Soak a maxi pad in witch hazel, freeze it and use it as an ice pack. very nice.

1968moongirl |

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Ice packs and lots of rinsing.My doctor said frequent rinsing will help things heal much faster. My husband installed a BumGenius sprayer for me, which has been incredibly helpful. http://shop.bonbonbabeez.com/product.sc?productId=87&categoryId=-1 As personal a product as it may be, I think it'll be my most gifted item to pregnant friends from here on out.

PixelMommy |

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My nurse told me to avoid a donut and just use a pillow, because with a donut your pinopinting the pressure into a small whole, making it worse! I used, tucks, dermoplast a hydracortizone foam.

MGauthier |

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Were 3 wks & 4 days and im finally feeling like the old me. the discomfort will go away soon,

titizoe |

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I am going to re-think this whole childbirth thing.

Longhornchick |

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With you it's better because it was a natural birth. I gave birth through a ceasarian section. It took me almost a month before i got healed. I had to go back to the hospital and i was told to use a salt combined with a black vinegar. after 5 days i was fine outside, still suffering from inside though due to weather conditions and mind you my baby is now 5 months old. My advice to you is get into a warm bath of water combined with groff salt only (no vinegar)because you gave birth normally and believe it or not you'll be fine within 3-4 days.

dudu |

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I had a forth degree tear- the absolute worse you can have (tore through my rectum TMI-sorry). My nurses made me an icepack that I wore over my pad when I was in the hospital and that helped a lot. When I got home tuck pads and a detachable shower head were my life savers! I was so sore for about two weeks, but healed OK. My Dr recommended reconstructive surgery after my husband and I are done having children- I’m expecting my second in January and am already worrying about what deliver will be like.

charityo |

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Answers on this very good question and a lot of other tips on how to take care of your own body right after delivery are in the practical manual. The First 8 Days of Being a Mom. www.thefirst8days.com Everyone looks at the baby and forgets about YOU. Please do it yourself and let your hubby read what's going on too. So you get a lot more understanding of what it is and how it feels like to be a new mom.

Gea |

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Try avoiding sitting as much as possible. Breast feed laying down to start and then as you begin to feel better start sitting. Claim the couch as yours for at least the first week and lay down as much as possible when not standing,etc. Also my Dotor prescribed a numbing antibacterial spray and that really helped!

Lroachsf |

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I loved the Dermoplast.... It did wonders, but hang in there it will eventually ease up. I couldn't sit on a hard surface for about 3 weeks, so your not alone!

malmal816 |

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i think the epsolm salt and sitz bath was what healed me! I had an epiosotomy and didn't start feeling better until 10 days post partum. The solarcaine spray didn't really help. Only time healed me!

snowflakami76 |

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About a week after delivery I was really sore too! Here is what worked for me. I used an 8oz squirt bottle (with warm water) and flushed the area. Then I blotted pre-moistened witch hazel pads over the stiches. Then I sprayed the area with dermoplast and finaly I applied Dibucaine Ointment 1% (hemorrhoidal & topical analegesic ointment) over the stiches. This was all supplied to me by the hospital and I healed quickly.

chantalboulet1 |

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ARNICA!!!!!

rgbc |

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i agree tucks pads works wonders! they also gave me some peri spray that helps heal!

lani.bersamin |

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Ice packs really helped me .. applied for about 10 min every couple hours and rest .

momma062010 |

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babylove1212 |

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The tucks pads, peri bottle and daily warm baths helped alot. I had a small tear and was quite sore the first week at home, but with the above and trying to rest and not move around so much helped me heal and now 12 days PP I am feeling better. Also my doc sent me home with a week supply of some pain pills that took the edge off the pain., but ibprofen works just as well....Just rest and take care of yourself.

HansenMama2010 |

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I had the Tucks, Epifoam and Dermoplast...the best relief for the worst hemorrhoids was Prep H suppositories. Wish I had started this from day 1...it worked wonders. I also did it after I took a long soak in the tub with Epsom salts at night where I did my kegels.

Ricinda |

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8 days after birth with 2nd degree tear and episiotomy and I am still struggling!! Can't walk far, sitting is a pain. Am doing the epsom salt soak. The dermoplast is not doing anything for me. The tucks pads are indeed very nice. The bottle is such a hassle (am missing the in-built bide system of south east asia right now) and the bottom bath that you put on top of the toilet is not very useful cause I can't really sit on the toilet for more than a minute. The doughnut is great for the car, don't inflate it too much so you are not letting the sore spots hang out. I guess I'll have to wait it out, take my pain medication and goo over the little one to forget about it :). Man, and I went in thinking i don't want episiotomy but when the choice was that or c-section, i went for it. After 20 hours of labor , couldn't really think straight anyway...

anence |

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I had 3 degree tear and was not walking normally for several weeks. I used tucks pad laid on top of an ice pack (they make specific ones that look like big maxi pads or you can dampen a maxi pad and freeze it). I also used a peri bottle, sitz baths (although sitting in hot bath was just as good and easier), and an anesthetic spray.

BeccaSands |

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I had a midwife, so was doing a perineal massage regimen from week 36 onwards, and she massaged like crazy while I was delivering - my perineum was a little bruised, but intact! However, my little boy came out like superman with his arm alongside his head, and his shoulders did me in - i wound up with a small tear UP, towards my urethra. Fortunately, I don't sit on that part of my bits, so aside from using a peri-bottle the first three days and dabbing instead of wiping, the occasional Advil and frozen maxi pads was all I needed. Baby's 2 weeks old today, and aside from a little pelvic discomfort when on the toilet (too much pressure on the area) I feel fine, and have for a week or more!

nicolesanddimes |

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Be very careful when sitting in the Tub!!! My stitches came undone because i sat to hard. It hurt so bad! It was worse than the child birth.

CyndiM |

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Keep Clean!! Wash after every use (with luke warm water) of the toilet and have someone clean the toilet and bathroom daily for the first 2 weeks. Get LOTS of rest at any time possible! Try to move around every few hours for just a half hour tops for the first few days. Rember to take care of yourself first so that you can care for your baby later!

queenbrittany |

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Taking baths daily helps you heal faster. Also witches hazel helps for your sore bottom. Just rub it on you down there or stick it in your pad/underwear. Its cooling and feels good.

lilhotcandie69 |

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Warm baths once or twice a day, and REST! Don't put too much pressure on yourself to bounce back, and accept all the help you can get-you really have to give your body time to adjust to the major changes it's gone through just days ago.

m4washin |

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I was told to use the peri-bottle until the bleeding stopped. I also LOVED the Dermoplast. Freezing a pad sprayed with water works well too!

adelepickle |

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Your vag has been to war and back, so give it time. Make sure you clean yourself thoroughy, spray with water, take baths. Tucks pads worked well for me. Ice packs helped for a few days, and the donut thing didn't seem to do much for me, but I used it. I didn't use the sitz bath as much as I should have, nor did I take baths as much as I should have. As a result, my tear did not heal properly. The worst thing was to go back to the hospital just 6 weeks after giving birth so that they could cut me a new episiotomy and stitch it up properly. Take care of yourself the first time around!

Wife4ayear |

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Def us a peri bottle with warm water after going to the bathroom. 600 mg of motrin, witch hazel pads and dermablast. I felt better after 4 days. Use everything until u feel u don't need too. Keep changing your pads frequently to stay free from bacteria!

TiffanyAnnMeyer |

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If you're really itchy and swollen try using dibucaine ointment. You can get it at the pharmacy and it relieves a lot of the discomfort.

belsmommy |

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I was told ice packs only for the first 24 hours, after that they won't do too much, they're just to keep the area from swelling initially. It felt so nice at first, but I was just as comfortable with just a pad and the Tucks pads (it's nice and cold) and a couple sprays of Dermaplast. The ice pack was too bulky and was not helping my back pain from being stuck in the hospital bed!

hockeybride113 |

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absolutely: tucks pads, dermoplast spray, and i find that ice packs feel great even if they don't help with the swelling anymore and a blow-up doughnut pillow is amazing to sit on especially if you're going to ride in a car anytime soon side note: i was told to avoid baths until after six weeks to prevent bacteria from making an entrance

gilitridish |

Q&A: Healing after birth?

I gave birth over 3 months ago and am still very sore. Dr says everything looks like it has healed very well (can't tell it was ever torn) and that I'll just have to deal with the pain for possibly up to a year! Anyone else ever had pain for this long?

Sadebelle |

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I was able to stop using the ice packs while still in the hospital, about 24 hours after my son's birth. Aside from the sting from my 2nd degree tear, the worst discomfort was from my rear being virtually glued to the crappy bed! Getting up wasn't easy. At home, Dermaplast and my 2 prescription meds (ibuprofen 800 and a painkiller) saved me from agony. The contractions I'd get every time he nursed for the first few days were hell. Nothing really helped with those.

thehannah |

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alot of you seem very lucky to me that the epiosiotomy and herhiods was the worst part, i couldn't even feel the pain down there because my uterus hurt so terribly bad for 3 weeks-horrific pain!! it was my 2nd child and he was 9 lbs. 5 oz., way differrent feeling than my first 7lbs. 9 oz.!and all they would give me at the hospital was tylenol 3!! the after effect for me was worse than the labor pain and i went natural lol!!

skyler7108 |

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i gave birth last 6 days ago. i <3 the ibuprofen & vicodin (as needed)! it's perscribed so it's safe for breastfeeding :o) if not, the peribottle always helps.

kalayasmommy |

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I had a lil tear after birth but healed pretty fast. I was still sore after ten days then i went to the dr and found out i had a huge hematoma on my labia!! The dr said I got it from all the trauma from labor. Talk about beimg in pain!!!

ccardenas003 |

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Use your peri-bottle -- squirt bottle -- weth a half-dropperful of calendula ticture in warm water. Be patient with your body -- it has just done an amazing thing! Kegel often once you can. Soaking bum in white oak tea (simmer gently -- do not boil!) as hot as you can stand can help hemis.

SarahTheMothling |

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I gave birth 7 days ago to my 10lb 7oz little chunk and had to get a 3rd degree episiotomy. I used ice packs for 36 hours in the hospital, and then switched to warm water in my peri-bottle with tucks pads and Dermoplast spray. I really was worried I'd never feel like a human again, but I'm pretty much pain free after only a week. My mom also bought me antibacterial bath-wipes to use a couple times a day to make sure the stitches were clean and what not which were pretty awesome as well.

JSummy |

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Okay...I'm only 5 weeks along, but I guess I never thought about this. While I'm not too worried about it because I see you all are making it through it okay as well as all those who have done it before...Will my midwife discuss all of these options with me?? Will she inform me on what the best things are for the healing process?

caymarks |

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girl your going be in pain for a whilee

chantelxo9 |

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Tucks pads really worked for me!

alanaroyale |

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Bathes, Witch Hazel pads, Dermoplast, and sitting on 2 pillows helped alot, also Pain meds, took a little over 2 weeks to heal. But with taking baths and using pads will cause a yeast infection, if this happens use Monistat 7. Good luck!!

Wkattb79 |

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In addition to warm water (in a peri-bottle) and gentle patting (vs. wiping), I used Comfrey Gel on my perineal stitches. I had a natural, home birth and ended up with about 15 stitches in two different areas. As the swelling went down they became very uncomfortable. The gel was recommended by our naturopath midwife and it was wonderful. It's a more natural alternative for healing. I also tried sitting off center while on the toilet so it took the pressure off the perineum and swollen areas. The pain of childbirth doesn't end when the baby arrives but looking at that adorable little face sure does make it worth all the hurt!

stavenjord |

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Dermaplast, Tucks and peri bottle are must haves. Take your pain meds and don't try to tough it out without them. Stool softener will help so you don't have to push hard to go #2. I'm healing pretty well so far 5 days after delivery but my issue is still not being able to go #2 yet. It should be interesting when I finally can.

renbel |

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I guess I was lucky in that I didn't have to deal with the pain of my stitches after my daughter was born... but I was taking codine because my tail bone/pelvis was torched and reconnected strange and it put strain on my tail bone... so while I didn't have to feel the stitches and stuff, I had even more gnarly pain and problems to deal with, even leading to physical therapy!

pinksewingmommy |

Q&A: Healing after birth?

I wasn't able to do a lot of laying around during my recovery period because I was at the hospital visiting my son every day. But I found that using tucks and the peri bottle filled with warm water every time I used the restroom to be very healing. Also taking colace(stool softener) and making sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables helped.

MommaMyah |

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The nurses gave me tucks pads, a frozen condom, and a pain relieving spray and I was going for walks around the hospital the next day. 3 weeks after I got home I was already walking around a carnival and going on all the rides! The tucks pads helped soo much but the spray is what did it I think.!

danalovesyou027 |

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Tucks pads, also I tried soaking a pad in witch hazel and freezing it. After it is frozen I used it "down there". It was amazing how much that helped

aliciakunkel |

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which hazel pads

serena1125 |

Q&A: Healing after birth?

you know nothing really worked for me i was sore for 2 weeks and my pelvic is still sore and it's been 3 weeks oh man and all i do is just rest! Thank god i have a good husband that helps out alot.

Mrs.Espinoza |

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I also had 3rd degree tearing. I fell and tore my stiches open. Peri-bottle with warm water and it also helps if you spray it at the same time you're peeing so it doesn't sting as much, dermaplast spray (spread your legs while you spray do it), witch hazel pads, donut pillow while sitting. Colace didn't do it for me so Dr. recommended Milk of Magnesia which worked its charm. I had a natural child birth and ended up getting an episiotomy and i tore more on my own. Childbirth was nothing compared to the pain of recovery. I honestly did not know it would be this bad, but good news is, it does get better. also for pain management, i became dependent on vicodin and was experiencing some bad side effects. i'm weening myself off it now and am on different regimen and i feel so much better so try different methods of pain management if you notice it's not working for you. speedy recovery to you all.

joolz425 |

Q&A: Healing after birth?

I had my son a meare 2 weeks ago and i feel normal i only had to get 2 stiches and i am not sure when i will be totally healed... but i want to kno if it is possible to be ready to have sex this soon... what do you think?

mocha1115 |

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With my first son I was in horrible pain. I called the dr. after 4 weeks but they said it was common. When I went for my 6 week check up, they said I had scar tissue. The dr. said it was more than he'd ever seen. I went back at 8 weeks for a check up and it was worse. I had corrective surgery at 10 weeks and felt completely fine the next morning. I'd never heard of this problem before.

hdtmiller |

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I gave birth a week ago and now swear by Earth Mother Angel Baby New Mama Bottom spray and balm - I had some tearing and an episiotomy and these things were much more soothing than the plain witch hazel pads given to me at the hospital or the massive ice packs they had me using. I have absolutely no affiliation with this company or anything - these things have just really helped the discomfort of recovering from delivery and many stitches ( still in the process - but feeling much better than at the hospital!)

mnbullock |

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At my hospital some of the nurses gave me a diaper filled with ice. They used papmer's swaddlers and slit the lining and filled it with ice. The ice really helped and as it melted the water soaked into the diaper. I also used a lot of tucks!

hilzsch2 |

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I also had the ice diapers..felt great with the tucks

PROUDMOM48 |

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try to get some ice packs from the hospital that gave me the greatest relief

ems69884@cox.net |

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I used witch hazel pads when I had my first child. The nurses said I could use it as often as I needed to, so I changed the pads every time I went to the bathroom. The pads worked better for me then the numbing spray they provided.

tboch |

Q&A: Healing after birth?

I didn't tear at all but was in so much pain after pushing for more than 2 hours I couldn't even step into my shower for almost 2 weeks... so i think everyone's bodies and experiences are just different... some women get up and feel fine that same day... i don't think you can put a specific time frame on it....

ilovejud |

Q&A: Healing after birth?

I had a great delivery, and hardly any pain while in labor, but, had an episiotomy, front to back. My daughter is 3 months old, and I am still having lots of pain and what feels like tearing and some blood with bm's. I have done everything on this QA page and still have healing to do. So every body is different and will heal in its own time. I also walked lot while in the hospital to and from my room and the NICU. So, just be patient and take it easy.

angelabarrett |

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I had a great deal of trauma during birth. I had an episotomy and a lot of tearing. I used a donut pillow, ice packs, the warm water spray bottle, sitz bath, numbing foam from the dr, but the thing I felt helped the most was soaking in the bathtub with epson salt which is you can find just about anywhere. It has calming aromas and I felt that it worked great. I also seemed to heal fast considering my situation!

Whitney_Shepherd |

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i have been told to open one end of a step 3 diaper, fill it with ice cubes and use it as a large pad. i have not tried it yet as i have not given birth (due date is today...) but i will definatly be trying anything to help soothe the pain!

tracymondor |

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I was amazed at how good I felt after having my second son-VBAC- as compared to my first who was a c-section. It was great to be able to get out to bed without splinting my belly and to just move without hurting. After three or four days of over-doing it though, I started to pay for it. I didn't do the sitz bath until a nurse called to follow-up and scolded me for not doing it, I didn't think it would make a difference-trust me-IT DOES! Also used the dermoplast spray, epifoam and hydrocortisone cream. All in all, felt pretty good after 2 weeks. If I started getting sore, I knew it meant I had to take it easy, so I'd hang out on the couch for the rest of the day and feel a lot better the next day. Way better than 4+ weeks of feeling like my guts were going to spill out of my belly if I coughed or sneezed hard after the c-section! Planning for another VBAC with this baby.

mamatoria |

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In addition to using a peri bottle of warm water when you urinate, try adding 3 drops of lavender oil to the bottle. It will feel amazing and will heal much faster. Also, using 200c arnica pellets (3-5 under your tongue every 3 hours) also helps to reduce the swelling. And I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to ice ice ice your area every three hours in the first 24 hours after birth. I did all these things and I felt like myself by day four and was exercising another week later.

shalpin2 |

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I gave birth almost 6 weeks ago and had 3rd degree tears. I had to have them re-cut and re-stitch everything at week 4 because it wasn't healing correctly. At week 5 my stitches came out AGAIN and the had to use different thread and a different technique. I'm really worried about going back and having them not work again. Has anyone ever had this? What could be causing this?!? I'm really ready to be my old self again and new stitches and hemorrhoids are making me a little depressed.

lkochevar@nbm.com |

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Did anyone hurt farther up than the perineum?? (clitoris)

kiahnnamae33 |

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RE:moongirl: what is witch hazle and what is it for?

aleshaaustin |

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Witch Hazel is an astringent... used for inflammation... Its amazing to use when having a sitz bath(google it). Pour some into a warm bath and soak in it... I did quite a few of these in the days following my vaginal birth. i had a 2nd degree tear(not too bad at all) considering my baby was 9lbs 22inches long.

sgrbaby2003 |

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My friend had her baby in May and is still having issues. I will spare you all the details, but let's just say, now that I'm pregnant, I am going to discuss a planned c-section with my dr. Everyone I know who has done it both ways say they would do the c-section over natural in a heartbeat.

msagatorlaw |

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Try using warm to wash every time u use the restroom

twilliams0316 |

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I had the same problem- I used the soft ice packs. I sat on it for the first week afterwards. And I tore so they had me use a burn relief spray- for the life of me I cannot remember the name of it. I also refused perocets ( they were very persistant with that ) so they had me take 3 motrins. I hope this helps to relieve your pain! It worked well for me.

kshults20 |

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i had my daughter 16 weeks ago and am still trying to heal- i actually have another doctor appointment to check on things. i had a 2nd degree tear and my body rejected the stitches and i ended up with an infection even though i did everything my doctors and nurses had instructed me to do. it has been quite the experience but in the end, it was all worth it every time i look my baby girl in the eyes.

xSuzyluvsMikex |

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I had a fourth degree tear and was in severe vaginal pain up to 12 weeks post partum. I finally went back to my OB for yet another check-up and they found what is called "granular tissue" on the entroitus (the entry to the vagina). This was caused by the stitches from my perineal tear. The tissue that is supposed to be "inside" heals on the "outside." (sort of hard to explain) There are more sensitive tissues exposed and pain is extreme, ranging from burning and stabbing to throbbing. My OB had to cotterize (spelling?) the granular tissue. This sounds painful, but it was almost a relief compared to the discomfort I was in. Within a week of the cauterization, I felt a thousand times better. All of that to say, if you are still in serious pain after your 6 to 8 week check-up with your OB, ask them to take another look. There could be a legitimate reason that requires further medical treatment.

ReiszsPieces |

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At the hospital, the nurses set me up with tucks pads (which are witch hazel pads), hydrocortizone, lydocaine, demablast, and a squirt bottle. When I was sent home, I took everything with me and changed my pads every time I went to go pee or poo. I also changed them if I had not gone to the bathroom, and if I felt that I was no longer very dry. It's important to use the squirt bottle when you wipe, so that you are not using rough bathroom tissue to clean up after yourself. The soreness lasted over a week, but it improved every single day, and the hardest thing was sitting. Do not take baths. You should only be rinsing or showering in the first few days.

PrinDumas |

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Witch Hazel Pads were given to me after the birth (& subsequent repair of a 2nd degree lac.) of my first babe. You can gently wipe with those after using a warm peri-rinse. Then try the diaper ice pack. Of Note: the witch hazel pads also helped everything after I healed & still had swelling/discomfort. I still keep them in my home to this day!

LydeeC |

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Take your baby to bed and stay there. Have someone else help you do things...a friend, neighbor, family member, whoever. If you have no one, make yourself a little kingdom in the bed. Go get everything you may need for like 5 hours and then take the baby to bed and just stay there all day. You will heal much faster if you rest. Sleep everytime the baby falls asleep, eat and drink lots of water. If your Dr. prescribed you anything like ibuprofen, take it as soon as the prescription directs. Just relax and focus on yourself and your baby for a week or two and you will heal up really fast, I promise.

sw41410 |

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Don't worry about the kegels just yet! Using the muscles while going pee throughout the day is enough. I tried doing them about a week after and it made all the soreness worse and the muscles felt so tired I didn't want to stand at all.

futuremrsl08 |

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Is ok. The sore is goin' to last for at least a month...For example me, I was sore for almost 2 months and it just went away... It's goin to take some time to heal.

rivas87 |

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for the first 48 hours after delivery i found these things that the nurses gave me were WONDERFUL... they were baby diapers that were cut open and stuffed with icecubes, then taped back together. OMG, they were the best :] they completly numbed the whole area...part of my butt cheeks too...but i didn't care, it was soooo wonderful not being able to feel a thing down there ^.^ :]

oliverjam92 |

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I got a sitz bath at CVS and that was the best 12 bucks I ever spent in the last week.

melly1980 |

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I know everyone keeps recommending the sitz bath, but I did not use that and felt completely healed in a week. Granted, I had a great delivery and only one small tear, but the pain in the first week is really difficult, and after I exchanged stories with other moms, they all agreed. Just keep telling yourself that the first week is the worst pain-wise, and you will be fine once you get over that 7-day hump!

saraabradley |

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how long does it take to fully heal i think ive stopped bleeding but now theres yellowish stuff coming out that was coming out the day before zander was born

krismcdowell |

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Yes, I feel your pain. I am very sore now and I have 2mths to go b4 I have the baby! I remember what it feels like though. Witch hazel and warm H2O worked nicely for me. It soothes and can take away the burning you may experience after baby. However I remember it took almost a month if not a little longer for my dissolvable stiches to dissolve(was told that it'd take 2wks). And the stitiches didint help in the least.

TRWELCOM |

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i used tucks pads dermaplast, epifoam, and a sitz bath for 3 days after. the swelling i had was apparently the worst the doctors have ever seen in there carrer. but now im fine. after 5 days the swelling went away and i can sit comfortably. and the bleeding has already stoped and its only been 12 days since i delivered and everything is back to normal as of yesterday. no tearing nothing. the did have to do a episiotimy on me but that is healling great lol. i can say tho that im not having another child after this. im getting on birth control and my husband is getting a vasectomy. i dont blame him tho. lol

dizzybear |

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i had my daughter three weeks ago and i tore in the inside and its still very sore and tender but i use tucks and my donut pillow i sit on it everywhere i go it works wonders just take it slow and be as safe and gentle as possible.

candyyam2011 |

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I had an episiotomy when I had my baby in January and Dermoplast and Tucks were my best friends. The sitz baths did wonders as well. Also, make sure to use a feminine wash because it can get pretty itchy down there and a feminine wash is gentle and can help get rid of the itch.

KeyRyn320 |

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I had my second daughter 10 days ago today - The first time around I had an epidural & an episiotomy (which I think was worse than giving birth) - It seemed to take forever to heal completely but tucks pads were great - the peri bottle and trying to rest as much as possible to prevent additional tearing ---the second time around I had planned to have the epidural and assumed I would probably end up having another episiotomy - however, due to my daughter deciding to come fast and almost not making it to the hospital, I had no drugs, no epidural and Yeah - no episiotomy! Not being able to get an epidural was one of my biggest fears - but after not having anything I felt great! I left the hospital 28 hours after I arrived and actually didn't need any tylenol or anything - very lucky!!! Tucks pads and a peri bottle to keep infection away - that was it this time! :)

mandicotter |

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Now I'm really terrified! I think a C-sections and knocking me out for the next 3 weeks will be the best thing for everyone. I don't deal with with discomfort or pain. Very worried!

sducore |

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I agree with the bump expert. I also wanted to let you know that tucks wipes help with the pain and help keep the area clean. infected=slower healing= more pain

countrygirl.36.14 |

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omg. This is the worst sounding thing ever. Gross. This baby better find its own way out!

Blondathon |

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DETACHABLE SHOWER HEAD - for the first few weeks, I made my life easier by peeing in the shower while holding the spray on me. It was a lifesaver, and made me feel a LOT better each time. Besides, peeing after vaginal delivery is pretty messy (everything is swollen and misshapen for a while) and this saved me from having to clean the toilet all the time. I had a lot of tearing and swelling, mostly because I had a horrible OB/GYN that made me deliver lying flat on my back - DON'T let your doc make you lie flat!!! That's just asking for a tear.

bartko |

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3 drops of lavender essential oil (not perfumed oil) in a peri bottle filled with warm water. The lavender smells good and is anti microbial and anti bacterial. It is great with wound healing, burns, tears, etc. Tucks pads/wipes are essentially cloth soaked in witch hazel. It's cheaper to buy some witch hazel from the drug store and use wash clothes. That way you can use as much witch hazel as you need. You can't beat Tucks wipes for convenience, though. If you think your way out of discomfort then a cesarean is definately not the answer! You will be is pain afterwards and will have trouble even holding your baby. Trained natural child birth is the safest alternative for mother and child. Don't knock it until you try it. I have had one medicated and three natural. I had such a runners high after my natural births. I was able to walk around immediately. My natural babies were bright eyed and nursed really well. That was not so for my medicated baby. She and I were dopey from the drugs and it took three months for her to latch on well.

paraquita |

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I'll be 2 weeks pp this thursday and i'm still in LOADS of pain. I had a really bad episiotomy, the nurses kept commenting on how it was the worst they've seen. Four days after delivery I tore a stitch and now i'm in even more pain than before. Doctor did nothing but tell me it'd heal on its own. I was prescribed vicodin for the first four days then four more after going back and finding out about the popped stitch. Other than that ibuprofen, dermaplast, lydocain, vaseline pads, and a peri-bottle are all I really use. I've tried the sitz bath but it doesnt fit on my downstairs sink and it's been to difficult to make it up the stairs to use it there. Also the tucks pads have done nothing for me :/ upsetting because everyone else I know loves them.

cmsmith10 |

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I just gave birth 5 days ago, and today was the sorest i have been. My biggest problem is the sitting and not resting. My baby boy was born 6.5 weeks early and is in the NICU, so i am up visiting him every chance i get. doesn't leave much time for rest. :( and definitely too much sitting.

renaduck |

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yes, all of the above helps, but having given birth a few weeks ago (and not breastfeeding) i will say this: VICODIN.

britgal |

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SITZ BATH with very warm water should be #1 answer.. nurse says the warmth brings blood to the area to make it heal faster... not to mention it keeps down there clean. just remember to sterilize it every few days. i just sprayed it with lysol and rinsed then let dry.

misslezark |

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I can't help but think the too soon/coached pushing (like the I pushed for 4 hours because the dr/nurse said I was ready stories) and delivering flat on your back (with all the pressure on the perineum) is a big blame for all this. It seems if you could deliver differently and let your body work the baby down until you're really ready to push would prevent problems. That sounds better to me than the dr walking out of the room after the show's over and now you're on your own with a bum you can't even sit on.

cottonlily84 |

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The tucks pads (target brand has nice large ones) over the pads worked great! Peri bottle, and lots of stool softner.... I wasn't back to feeling somewhat normal until 5 1/2 weeks pp.

edna8432 |

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I tore when I gave birth and had to get stitches. I was having a lot of trouble with pain. I felt as if the skin was being pulled. My doctor advised me to take a warm bath with a little bit of salt or even better epsom salts. I did it about three times a day in the beginning and gradually reduced once it starting getting better. It helps a lot with the itching and pain and I found that it loosens the skin so it doesn't pull as much and hurt. It took about two weeks, but i stopped having pains.

Nadine Goulart |

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I heard that just peeing when you shower works really well, since you can rinse off with the warm water and it can be soothing.

MrsNeetTeacher |

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ninpowedding |

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I gave birth 10 days ago and have been following the regime the nurses gave me in the hospital. (1) Ice packs are wonderful! I use a gel pack that I put in a washcloth and leave in my underwear underneath my sanitary napkin. (2) Tucks medicated wipes really help! I put 3 on my pad and leave them in my underwear. (3) The nurses recommended dibucane, which is like an a&d ointment to apply to the episiotomy site. It's over the counter and really helps. I also use the peri-squirt bottle when going to the bathroom. It's been really helpful, as the nurses said NOT to wipe in my "area" for a while. Also, my mom recommended that I use a stool softener until that first movement. I cannot tell you how thankful I am that I took her advice (for once). It has really been a life saver for me. Hope this helps.

linn_tracy |

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Burn a few pieces of charcoal in a small pot, as you would for a bbq then place it on the floor (careful not to burn your carpets) and while it is smouldering throw in a few pieces of garlic flakes, it will smoke and not smell so pleasant..... stand naked over the smoke and allow the smoke to pass between your legs. Do this atleast for the first three days, it heals tears and stiches..... this helped me alot. Also try dissolving salt in warm water and sit in it for a while....eases the pain and helps to heal.

Papa qt |

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Hi, I have heard that if you soak a pad, (for menstruating), with water and put it in the freezer, use it to help cool, sooth and help with any swelling. Hope this helps! Cheers, Reon- (Overdue Dad)

janislindal@mac.com |

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What I have been using (and I am 10 days out from having delivered) is an analgesic spray and the Tucks pads. I use the peri-bottle to wash myself off and blot with toilet paper from front to back, then spray myself making sure I'm not just getting the front bits and then apply 3 of the Tucks rounds to my pad. It's a nice cool sensation and it really does work. I am now almost pain free (except during a bowel movement) and it's great. Another suggestion is to also limit how much you are walking around and moving because the tears can get irritated by the pad and gravity is pulling on the swollen bits making them ache. Just a couple bits of info.

carriedennett |

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uggh the pain is the worst and i NEVER thought it would end, but i used a combination of peri bottle, tucks pads and dermoplast spray. they also recommended a stool softener, which is so gross but makes going poo so much less of a horrifying and painful ordeal. one idea the nurses gave me is if you have an ice maker in your fridge, take a newborn diaper and open the seam of the padded part by the little tabs, and fill the middle of the diaper with ice, then seal the opening with the little diaper tabs. they absorb the melting ice really well and make great long ice packs. for the first bunch of days that was my ultimate relief. keep on top of the ibuprofin and tylenol

agemmell |

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Witch hazel pads really help me. Also my peri bottle filled with warm water and the dermoplast spray work wonders. Rinse yourself with the warm water after you've done your business but before you wipe. Then pat dry and spray the dermoplast spray. I also keep up on all the pain meds my OB perscribed so I don't have to be in more pain than I need to be in while I am waiting for the meds to kick in.

kdalton4789 |

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Our little boy was born two weeks ago and I had 2nd degree tears. Like a lot of the other posts here I used the Tucks and Dermoplast spray... and I also used my Boppy pillow to sit on, which was a life saver for me! It didn't leave me sitting in a "hole" like a donut pillow might, but it did relive the pressure while I was sitting. Also I took it with me in the car to those first few appointment we went on to the pediatrician. Made a HUGE difference for me then. It absorbed all the bumps, and believe me without it you feel ALL the bumps. Still in the process of healing but I am SO much better now. I can get up and around and feel like some normalcy is back for me as far as being able to do things without waddling around in pain.

Margaret101010 |

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I just gave birth 8 days ago and had an episiotomy. I put some witch hazel in the peri bottle with water and used the tucks pads. It has helped considerably.

PrincessAnu |

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wow i feel incredibly fortunate . i didnt tear at all or have a episiotamy . and i was all healed up in 8 days

rahrah92 |

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omgoodness!! i made the mistake to read this question WAY too early!! i am now 11 weeks pregnant with my first child, and now im scared to rip or have the doctor cut me before hand. this sounds like a terrible experience!! i am not looking forward to wearing pad for like 4 weeks to begin with. guess it'll be a rude awakening, but at least now i have a heads up about it.

tdc23 |

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The hospital gave me some ice packs that helps with the swelling and pain. They also gave me some Witch hazel pads and epiform which helps with the burning. All of which really helped. They also recommended warm baths but I found that they cause more itching and burning.

jennifer.hoisington |

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Baths!!! Lots and lots of baths!

sas361 |

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I had 3rd degree tears and literally didn't heal up to 2 months!!! I had a handful of stitches.. my life saver was a sitz bath with Epsom salts and tucks pads, warm water rinsing after using the restroom, all combined with Vicodin unfortunately. 2 weeks after delivery I was still in so much pain I was shakey and pale.....

MillertoMills |

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There was only 2 things that helped me through it. an icepack-maxi pad that I received from my hospital and a spray called Dermoplast. The spray is found at any pharmacy or Walmart in the first aide section, it sprays upside down for convenience and I used it after every bathroom visit.

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carmen789 |

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I gave birth 10 days ago and have been following the regime the nurses gave me in the hospital. (1) Ice packs are wonderful! I use a gel pack that I put in a washcloth and leave in my underwear underneath my sanitary napkin. (2) Tucks medicated wipes really help! I put 3 on my pad and leave them in my underwear. (3) The nurses recommended dibucane, which is like an a&d ointment to apply to the episiotomy site. It's over the counter and really helps. I also use the peri-squirt bottle when going to the bathroom. It's been really helpful, as the nurses said NOT to wipe in my "area" for a while. Also, my mom recommended that I use a stool softener until that first movement. I cannot tell you how thankful I am that I took her advice (for once). It has really been a life saver for me. Hope this helps. funny soccer facts | Anyoption Review | how to prevent acne

gorimoda |

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I am using the dermoplast spray and witch hazel hemmeroid wipes (for the vagina and rectum btw) and both are doing WONERS for the pain. Also the peri bottle with some warm water every time I go, and a clean pad every few hours really helps a lot. BUT I did get lucky, and pushing baby out only took 30 minutes, and I had no tearing nor did I have an episiotomy. I was told the bleeding would last 2-4 weeks though (it was on a generic care sheet the hospital gave me also) I may have to try a sitz bath, but having given birth a week ago, I'm not feeling too much pain anymore. Again I got lucky; I haven't even had to pick up my RX for Motrin

mkbear |

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If you have problems with healing after birth you could talk to a specialist who has an online masters in public health. That can surely help you heal faster. Good luck!!

JuliaRR |

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Ask your doctor for a prescription for pain management. That helps take the edge off other than that take it easy and rest.

jp75620 |

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All of the above, lol. I had 3rd degree tearing and it took weeks before I felt totally back to normal. What really worked for me was the tylenol and Advil, frozen pads and soaking in the tub.

Mrs henwood |

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If you're reading this before you give birth, you can request for an ice-pack or iced-baby diaper to add onto the maternity pads for the first 24 hours to minimize swelling to begin with. They may put you on a bit of petocin too via IV to keep swelling down and minimize over bleeding down there. Then they will prescribe motrin or ibuprofin around the clock for a while. Sitz bath and peri-bottle total helps after your return home.

VivienWong |

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ask your doctor about estrace cream i had really bad tearing and this took away some of the sorness

kaileyanns mommy |

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My nurse layered Tylenol (1000mg) and ibuprofen (600mg) so that I didn't get too overwhelmed with the pain. I used the squirt bottle every time I went to the bathroom and used the tucks pads on my bottom. She also told me to put the tucks on my bottom with the pad.. which was very soothing. They also gave me pads that had and ice pack built into it - which I used at the beginning. Don't over due it, and definitely take it easy if you tore or were cut. I had to have my stitches redone a week later because I moved around too much and a few fell out.

AJay2010 |

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i had a c section almost two weeks ago painful. it hurt when i pee and when i pumped milk for my baby. still in pain what helped me get to where i am now ( able to stand) was cranberry juice, hot wter in a squirt bottle, every night i cleaned my scar and let it air dry and prunes for my constipation. child birth is no joke

NDIAYE214 |

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I had a 3rd degree tear and the nurses actually made ice packs out of baby diapers. (They filled the diapers with the small hospital ice chips) and I placed it on top of my pad. Those were a LIFESAVER! When I got home I used Tucks, the numbing aerosol spray and squirt bottles. While in the shower, I used the removable shower head to rinse with warm water and when I got out, I did not dry with a towel but instead used a blow dryer on a low setting. It took about 2 weeks for me to recover, but all those things reduced the pain tremendously!

stephin128 |

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Real baths with Epsom salts were my saving grace and nursed me back to health. I am currently two weeks post partum and am finally starting to feel like myself again (except for the sore nipples). I was badly constipated with very bad hemorrhoids and colon spasms for 3 days after giving birth and that was the absolute worst part of it all by FAR!!! Lots of baths, colace 3 times a day, eating and drinking lots of fiber and I was finally able to unblock myself. It was terribly painful, sorry TMI. I am also still taking Norco, which is a hydrocodone pill that has made it much better than it would have been without meds. Tucks pads and a squirt bottle with warm water to rinse and dab after using the bathroom are wonderful!

kfunstonla |

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To help with swelling, cut a slit in a newborn diaper, insert ice chips and use athletic tape to reseal. It works better than the cold packs (less bulky and absorb better).

Abethel4 |

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I know the feeling, the only thing that kept my attention away from the pain after giving birth was to walk around the house a bit, not relaxing too much you know, Coarse Salt also helped a lot.

jeandre8 |

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I gave birth 6 days ago and had an episiotomy. Used the Tucks for a while and the epi-foam. I have been active-up and running around and did yoga this morning which helped a lot with my sore muscles. Watching the bleeding..actually it only bleeds when I have a bowel movement so "easy does it"...but at least I'm regular.. Just wearing thin maxi pads..I consider myself pretty lucky :) and my son was only 6lbs 4.

miamigirl1969 |

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If you gave birth vaginally without an episiotomy or a tear, your perineum may be swollen or tender afterward, but it will likely feel fine within a week, perhaps in just a day or two. Healing times vary from woman to woman, but in general, the deeper the cut or tear, the longer the recovery time. * Change your sanitary pad every time you use the bathroom. * Use the squirt bottle (called a peri-bottle) provided by the hospital to pour warm water on your perineum while you're going to the bathroom. The water dilutes your urine so it doesn't burn as much when it comes in contact with your skin. Cleanse the area with another squirt afterward. * Pat yourself dry from front to back to avoid introducing germs from the rectum into the vaginal area * Try not to sit for long periods of time while your perineum is still very sore. * Start taking warm soaks in the tub or in a sitz bath for 20 minutes three times a day. * Expose the wound to air as much as possible. * Start doing Kegel Exercises it helps a lot * Sitting on a doughnut pillow or on two pillows, with one buttock on each and a space between to allow for your perineum, may be more comfortable while your stitches heal. Or you can try sitting straight down on your bottom to avoid pulling. Experiment and find out which positions feel best to you. Of all my second degree tear healed with in 6 weeks... but my discomfort lasted for 30 more days from there.....

dhat |

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I had severe stinging and burning down there. My midwife told me to go buy Betadine Solution and put a cap size amount in the squirty bottle that they send home with you from the hospital and fill it up with water. Then squirt it up there after you finish using the tucks pads! No lie, it really worked for me!

Savannahgirl86 |

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I just gave birth to my son 2 1/2 weeks ago. I am still a bit sensitive down there, but VERY much more comfortable compared to before! I had alot of discomfort for about 1 week. I used witch hazel pads. Lined 3 of them on my pad and wore until the next change. It did wonders for the pain of the incision as well as hemorroids!! Sitz bath also felt nice. I was told to do this 3 times a day.

tinah1085 |

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I have tried Sitzs baths I also tried the Tucks pads and I am still sore down there. Is there a medication or something I can take to heal it faster. Would anyone recommend like vasaline or A&D ointment to put on the spot that hurts to relieve a little of the stinging when I pee?

gizmo5315 |

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My nurse gave me a genius idea. She demostrated to me how to make a DIY cooling pack for her girl area. She opened a newborn sized diaper up (as though to change a baby) and she split it open from the top part of it. She just pulled it apart from the top keeping it intact still and she slid ice cubes down the center of the diaper till they reached the bottom. The ice remains in the inside of the diaper and take a long while to melt. So she created an ice pack with it and neat thing is that the newborn diapers are the same size if not smaller than a pad and when the ice melts it just gets upsorbed by the diaper itself so no mess is created. It last long and is comfortable. I used her trick for this homemade ice pack and loved it and it helped with the healing and alot more cool than using the ones I was sent home with.

MichelleHuerta85 |

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It's been 13 days foe me & the pain is still there. Your body just went through a lot! It will heal in time! Fight the weird pains!

LMD3981 |

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Besides a lot of advil, the best advice someone gave me was to soak some maxi pads in water and freeze them.... Then you have an ice pack that doubles as something to catch the bleeding, plus they are easier than wearing a bulky ice pack and a pad. All you my need after that is towel to sit on.

barrif1 |

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Rinse with warm water EVERY time you go to the bathroom. Air dry as much as possible. And keep ointment on it as much as possible. Its actually one of the fastest healing places on the body if you don't reirritate the owies.

RedpunkCIN |

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I stopped bleeding at around 3 or 4 weeks after giving birth. My baby is now 7 weeks and I have started spot bleeding. My husband and I have had unprotected sex and I am worried I might be pregnant. I also could just be healing.. Has anyone else had this happen?

loveryliegirl |

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I gave birth a month ago but its still sore down there,Iv used sitz bath with salt but it hasnt helped..i never used ice packs after giving birth.what can I do now as i can no longer tolerate the pain.Plzzz help!!

khitha |

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IVANDAVIDMARINMENDOZA |

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stay off you feet and use the spray and tucks. worked for me!

jm1210 |

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It is my forth day since delivery. I have been in a lot of pain barely able to sit. I took a warm shower with a detachable shower head. Then I let the area air dry. I put down one of those disposable pads from the hospital on the bed and laid down for an hour. It has made a huge difference. I am finally able to sit.

CherylBee |

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I gave birth on Jan 4th & im still sore i've ben using Dermoplast & my perrito bottle but its still not really helpen

angel6695 |

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Relax. Sleep. Maybe your partner can help you with the baby while you can get your body healed. Or take some Ibuprofen

pandaco0kie |

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The pain was uncomfortable but it went away before the week was up and it was so worth it! I'd do it all again in a heartbeat!

Bride-hilda |

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I would put a couple of Tucks pads on top of my sanitary pad to help with the discomfort and swelling. I thought it worked great. They also gave me a spray pain reliever at the hospital that I could use after going to the bathroom which I LOVED. I'm not sure if they sell those but worth looking into. But most of all, just take it as easy as you can. I know, easier said than done when you have a newborn. But when people offer to help, let them. And use that time to get in some rest and let your body heal.

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jonsan111 |

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I didn't officially stop bleeding until 8 weeks (not uncommon). The best thing you can do is: bath every night, keep taking meds, the nurses at the hospital put ice in a diaper and put it between my panties and pants. I had 2 degree tear (had to have surgery for inner tearing as well). Use the bottle, don't wipe until after your 6 week check up if they say it healed. Good luck! It's rough, but it gets better. And the best thing I didn't mention: My mom helped and stayed for the first 2 weeks. She got me and hubby food, kept up on laundry, errands, etc. Don't walk around a lot. It makes it worse!!

marykai |

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To help heal faster and deal with the discomfort, my mother told me to use 1 oz of apple cider vinegar and water in a bottle. It really helped me out and took away the discomfort.

brittany72886 |

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Epifoam (which is a hydrocortisone base foam) will reduce swelling and inflamation, dermaplast will numb the area it is a spray, both should be used every 6 hours. The pain can differ from person to person depending on whether your vagina was intact after birth or you had a degree of laceration. Ice pack well with initial soreness as well. Tylenol every 4 hours and motrin every 8 hours (take with food) will help as well. You can take them at the same time or spread them out. U.S. Post Partum Corpsman

johnjscan45 |

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I just had my second and I feel I am healing much faster this time around. I tore the first time and did this time in the same spot. The witch hazel wipes and ice packs did wonders the first few days.

perfecttostay |

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It took me about 4 days to start to get comfortable again, and overall maybe 8 and I started feeling normal. I avoided sitting as much as possible for the first couple days, I think I stood most of the day after, sitting down was just too painful. I did have a small tear so ice,tucks and sitz baths were my best friends for the first couple days. But overall recovery was not as bad as I was expecting.

Andi_216@yahoo.com |

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I had a third degree tear. I could not sit normally or walk normally for about 6-8 weeks. I used dermoplast spray, tucks pads, and a peri bottle with warm water, but the thing that helped the most was sitting in warm sitz baths with iodine 3 times a day - that sped up the healing process. Recovery took much longer than I expected, but I would do it again in a heartbeat!!

houricanTObe |

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I had a second degree tear (baby rotated on her own while exiting to get into the correct position). I was told to wet with water (water bottle) and then pat dry. Mine isn't too bad and I've yet to reach the 2nd week mark. I'm also weaning myself off of pain meds and only use them when I feel very stiff.

aibrean |

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My baby came May 6, 2013. She came fast so I had no time for the epidural I planned on having. I'm 14 days post baby now and I'm pretty fine after a 2nd degree tear. I only took Motrin since after delivery and I think I only took that for 5 days or so. I feel pretty good - have felt pretty good ever since the baby came out - before that, labor sucked. I do sometimes feel a little swollen down there and so I'm walking a little slower, but I'm moving around. I'm definitely not laid up unable to move because of the pain! I had worse vaginal discomfort when I was using NuvaRing and got a systemic yeast infection from it. That was MUCH worse. Good luck!

shoshe |

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I gave birth 5 weeks ago and am still sore down there. Everyone is different just like every delivery is different. Keglas, walking and relaxing help. Also the spray they give you in the hospital really helps if you had stitches or anything. Good luck!!!

Jbarille23 |

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I had 2nd degree tearing, didn't start feeling ok until 12th day, felt good around 18 days. I had a long labor, and 2 bouts of mastitis in my second week- if it seems my recovery took a while. Things that worked for me: Ibuprofen Peri bottle!! Stool softeners (1 am, 1 pm until you regulate) witch hazel pads dermaplast warm baths adult diapers lined with a pad drink loads of water/juice, and caffeine in the AM made me feel human

saigon52 |

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The first two weeks after my birth I felt like I was anally probed by King Kong. Excuse the vivid images I'm just trying to say I understand. Now week 3 and I actually am feeling better. I had 25 stitches so I know the pain!! Heres what I've done : They say "Pelvic Rest" It's virtuouslly impossible to rest when having a baby, especially if you're nursing. When the baby sleeps you need to lay down...Walking is better than sitting...I know you feel like you're pregnant with twins waddling because of the pelvis but when you sit you put an awful amount of pressure which will probably hurt more. When Nursing I lay down with the baby on a pillow and I place my breast on the pillow...this way I'm relaxing and the baby is getting fed. Even though I felt helpless I tried to walk as much as I could until I knew I was pushing it then I would rest. CLEANING...For the entire first week I used wet soft hospital napkins to clean both ends when going to bathroom...do not wipe!!Use warm water and blot it clean. Shower twice a day and bend over and spread them cheeks lol... let the water run from the back and if you can let the water hit the front. At first it will seem impossible to bend over and even lift your leg high enough to get into shower, so do your best, but make sure to use a washcloth and clean by blotting it. Use the squirt bottle from the hospital, and definitely change your pads frequently. I feel 75% better in my third week than I did in my first and I am not the fastest healer.

babyallison27 |

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Use Earthmama Angelbaby products!! They're amazing.. The bottom balm SAVED my life!! It totally numbs the area naturally, heals it, and works much better than dermaplast.. and it's way safer. I stopped using Dermaplast due to all of the chemicals in it!

elizahmunroe |

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Oh yea, it's definitely going to take a little. I'm about a month and a few days since my son's birth and it's definitely still healing. Most of it is healed, but I would just go with the advice of some of these moms - with sitz baths, regular baths, using the warm water to keep clean, witch hazel pads and/or epifoam (hydrocortizone) to keep things in check while things are healing. Just try to take it easy! It's hard because when I got home all I wanted to do was help clean the house and keep things in order - but it's important to rest and recover. I pray for a quick recovery/healing for you with as little discomfort in the process - in Jesus' Name, Amen!! :)

MrsLeighty14 |

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Make sure you drink a lot of water. I started to have burning when I peed and so I stopped drinking water and it just got worse and worse but what was happening was the salt in my urine was getting into my tears. So you need to dilute your urine as much as possible to avoid this. I also love my witchhazel pads.

eKAf8694 |

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I used my peri bottle faithfully!! I used warm water as i was using it and after warm water with 2oz witch hazel 5 drops of tea tree oil and 10 drops of lavender essential oil every time I was "done" the first week. Made it feel so much better. The second week didn't use the tincture as much but replaced with just warm water even more.

Leilanismom |

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2 weeks! I'm 2 months after birth done with the assistance of forceps and I'm still sore. The first 2 weeks I could not sit at all and I needed assistance to get out of bed. If you are just sore you should be happy and understand that you just went thought a major ordeal. Make sure you keep the area clean and give yourself sometime to heal before pushing yourself too much. If holding the baby gives a lot of pelvic pressure try feeding laying down.

nitzsche |

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Charityo, me too. But with my second, I thought dr would want to do a c section, but I had a vaginal birth, and it only tore a little this time. First time, I couldn't move for two weeks and I thought I was gonna die. This time, I feel great and I wanna go back to work, and the new baby is only 11 days old. You can do it!

PetuniaFeatherbottom |

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my nurse said just to just soak in a warm bath or take a warm shower. i took a VERY warm bath with the lavender bath salts and bubble bath .......... it really works and i just got home yesterday!

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gantengsekali |

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take warm baths with aloe bubblebath or aloe body wash. take lots of ibuprofen or tylenol. ibuprofen works better for me. Also make sure to clean good down there to avoid infection.

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my doctor doesn't like Sitz baths because of the risk of bacteria from sitting in water. Instead she gave me saline which I used to dampen the pad with before wearing it, it helped a lot and she told me to keep the saline in the fridge while not in use. I also sprayed the pads with xylocaine numbing spray with the approval of my doctor every time I used the bathroom. Used water sprayers softly on the perineum every time I used the bathroom and I've already stopped using all of those measures except for the perri bottle. I'm 6 days pp today and feeling so much better. I didn't have an episitomy but I had a what I think is a 2nd degree tear and got a few internal and a few external stitches. All what tore was the skin, no muscles, and it was one line that didn't reach the labia nor the anus!

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