I gave birth a week ago and had a forceps delivery. Active labor was very quick - less than 3 hours - and very intense. I had an episiotomy that seems to be healing well. No signs of discharge and it doesn't feel hot. However, I'm in an incredible amount of pain when I try to sit down or stand for more than 10 minutes. There is a lot of black and blue bruising around my anus. Nursing is kind of hard because I cannot find a position that is comfortable. I've been taking motrin around the clock and alternating with percoset, just to be able to sleep or tolerate sitting up in bed. The sitz bath does not feel good at all. I have been icing and that does give me some relief.
I know it's only been a week and in the hospital they said to take 2 weeks of mostly bed rest, but is this normal? Nobody told me about bruising, it was all about the stitches.