I'm new to this board, but hoping you can give me some words of wisdom. I had my oldest daughter in 2009, and only Stadol at the very end (which I will not plan to do again). Long story, but no one thought I was anywhere near delivery, which is why I finally opted for that. By the time they had injected it, I was already pushing and my daughter was born minutes later.
I tore badly, and the healing process was a long and painful one, complete with several rounds of silver nitrate to burn off excess tissue (OUCH!). The area is still pretty tender 2 1/2 years later.
I am due to deliver my second in about 8 weeks, and starting to get a little nervous about tearing again. I am planning to have a natural birth (no stadol this time), and my hospital always lets you tear rather than cutting. Any words of wisdom (hopefully positive ones!)? Is there anything I can/should do to avoid the horrible pain from last time?