April 2014 Moms

Natural Birth Recovery

Hi ladies...

I gave birth on Friday and had an episiotomy. The dr. said it is 2nd degree. Getting up from sitting down still hurts so bad! Is this normal 3 whole days after delivery? Also, I am having problems going # 2 because I can't push anything out because of the pain. Is anyone else feeling this way? Any advice? TIA!

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  • I had a fast med free birth with my first and had an episiotomy as well. I don't remember feeling much pain afterwards. I came home well stocked with dermaplast (sp?), coldpacks and colace. I think those three items saved me. In my mind 3 days is still well in the realm of tenderness, soreness, and pain. I was popping lots of motrin too. I never got my prescription filled for narcotics. Make sure you are taking something for the pain. I took my motrin around the clock for at least 5 days or so. 

    I remember my MIL coming to visit the day we got home from the hospital. She couldn't believe that I was sitting on the floor. I thank the dermaplast for that. 

    Good luck! 
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  • Very normal. You may be in pain for a few weeks, even. Pain meds and cold/numbing aids will be important.
  • Totally normal. Take your pain killers, use your peri bottle, take your stool softeners and drink lots of water, eat fruit and lots of fibre.
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  • Really normal :) It'll hurt for quite sometime... I'm still sensitive where I tore when I had DD two years ago! Make sure you're taking a stool softener to help with going poop, and adjust your diet so it have a lot of fiber. 

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  • So normal, even a few months after it was tender. Or if I got up the wrong way.
  • Wet a maxi pad and stick in the freezer. The cold relief is amazing
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  • nikki912 said:

    Wet a maxi pad and stick in the freezer. The cold relief is amazing

    I second this. Padsicles are the best. My freezer is stocked with some I made for whenever I have baby. Witch hazel and aloe are great but water would probably be just fine too.
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  • This is normal, I had a 2nd degree episiotomy too. Feeling the same way and I'm in day 5. Keep in mind that it takes time to heal...you won't feel right for a while.
    Oh and stool softeners are your best friends right now!
  • I was cut and my Anus mucle tore. Life was horiable!! Took a week for me to sit down. Couldn't nurse properly and I was afraid to eat. I don't even want to talk about my bathroom experience. Take the drugs in a timely manner, eat and drink prune juice, use the spray, peri bottle and rest.
  • I've been putting the tucks pads in the fridge and that has comforting. I'm dreading the first bowel movement :(
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  • Right there with you, looks like padsicles and Dermaplast for awhile longer.
  • I feel for you! With my first i had a second degree episiotomy and it was very painful for a week or so. I said i would've rather given natural birth again than be in that kind of pain. As PP have said pain meds, dermoplast, tucks and stool softener. Any and everything.
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  • I had a 2nd degree with DS and I couldn't sit right until at least 4 week pp. I didn't feel back to myself until 6-8...
  • Normal. It'll be a week or two before feeling somewhat better but not fully recovered. Great advice above. I always just used the peri bottle each time I went to the bathroom, with a fresh pad, and plenty of dermoplast! That spray is needed. I am considering tucks pads as well this time to throw in the mix. Maybe some aloe on a frozen pad would be good? Stool softeners should have started in the hospital as well. It can feel like giving birth all over again for awhile, and I had fissures with one of mine (small cuts inside) that hurt for years. Not to scare you, we all heal differently!!

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  • manda10884manda10884 member
    edited April 2014
    I don't want to hijack the thread but those of you recommending Tucks pads, do you freeze those or how do you use them? Use them by themselves or stack them on a big pad or what? Also, how many would you recommend to use at a time/buy? Sorry FTM here and trying to figure it out! TIA

    ETA: does the hospital supply the dermoplast or can you buy it somewhere?

     

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  • I don't want to hijack the thread but those of you recommending Tucks pads, do you freeze those or how do you use them? Use them by themselves or stack them on a big pad or what? Also, how many would you recommend to use at a time/buy? Sorry FTM here and trying to figure it out! TIA

    ETA: does the hospital supply the dermoplast or can you buy it somewhere?

    When I left the hospital, I had a few of the ice pack/pads that you just cracked before you put on and I didn't use other pads with them, they are large. The hospital sent me home with a couple, or maybe I took them from the supply they gave me. They also gave me a can of the dermoplast but I bought a second one on the way home from a drug store. They also gave me the peri bottle.
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