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WWYD: Swimming PP?

My Dr office is closed so I can't call them... I looked online and got various answers. I'm guessing I will get various answers here as well but I'm still curious. My family and I were invited to go swimming in a friends pool. It's regularly cleaned and has a lot of clorine in it. Would you do some light swimming in it at 3 weeks pp if you weren't bleeding anymore? I did have a small one degree tear so Idk if that will make a difference as well.

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    I also had a 1 degree tear and my dr told me to avoid being submerged in water for at least 3 weeks so the stitches don't dissolve before it's properly healed.

    As for swimming, I'd personally hold off for a little longer. At 25 days pp I still get sore if I'm up walking too long. I'm not bleeding anymore but I'd still be a little too uncomfortable with everything to go swimming. Every person and recovery is different, so that's just my opinion.
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    I was told no tub baths for a month.  I would assume being submerged in a pool would be equivalent.  I suggest skipping the pool. 

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    I wouldn't. Especially if its chlorine.

    I have a saltwater pool and was told no.

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    Erm.. I think it has more to do with the fact that your ute is a giant open sore at the moment.  Go ahead and swim if you think you can trust Dr. Google, but personally I'd wait until your next PP appt with your OB. 

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    imagemytinc:
    I was told no tub baths for a month.nbsp; I would assume being submerged in a pool would be equivalent.nbsp; I suggest skipping the pool.nbsp;

    That surprises me. Baths were recommended, and I have a 2nd degree tear. I've taken them almost daily.

    I'd still be hesitant to swim, but mainly because of bleeding, assuming you feel up to it. You may have stopped, but I wouldn't want any surprises, so I'd probably wait until a dr.'s answer.
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    imagemytinc:
    I was told no tub baths for a month.nbsp; I would assume being submerged in a pool would be equivalent.nbsp; I suggest skipping the pool.nbsp;
    That surprises me. Baths were recommended, and I have a 2nd degree tear. I've taken them almost daily. I'd still be hesitant to swim, but mainly because of bleeding, assuming you feel up to it. You may have stopped, but I wouldn't want any surprises, so I'd probably wait until a dr.'s answer.
    I had a second degree tear as well.  I guess all doctors/midwives are different, 

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    My Dr said no baths or anything that smurges in water. That would be no swimming either.
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    I was told no swimming or hot tubs for 6 weeks. I can take small sitz baths but nothing else. I had a small tear as well. I personally wouldn't risk it, it's not worth the potential infection it could cause.

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    I was told no until after my 6 week PP appointment.  My friend had her baby right after mine and sees her doctor at only 4 weeks but was specifically told no swimming pools until at least after that.

    I'd skip it today without confirmation from a doctor.  If it's that important, maybe calling the on call line? 

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    Thanks, everyone,for your responses. I decided to just put my feet in and then tan on a lawn chair instead. Still a good day!
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    They told me that I could go swimming in week 6 and not before.



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