Apricot: Thanks for all that information. I'm not sure where to go from here. I didn't start Vitamin E or anything like that until last week. I've only taken Vitamin E orally for the past 3 days and I've been taking Grapefruitseed Extract in pill form in case there was some sort of infection that was breaking down the tissue. I also felt yeasty so thought the GSE would cover both issues. My doc prescribed antibiotics but he's already had me go through two rounds and I hate how they make me feel yeasty so I didn't take them. I didn't tell him I wasn't taking them and feel a bit bad about it. I don't know how I'll bring that up to him. I should have discussed it first but Amelie was crying and I was in a hurry to get home. I was under the impression that he was prescribing them as a preventative.
My scar held up for the most part after birth #2 but it fell apart after birth #3.
I have tons of scars. I think I'm accident prone. I am missing two finger tips from an accident when I was 4 and have had 3 reconstructive surgeries on them. The last one was 14 years ago and I healed quickly. I also busted my face pretty bad in a car accident 15 years ago. I healed quickly from that and had reconstructive surgery the following year which healed nicely. Two years after that I ran into a door and split my eyebrow. That also healed quickly. But this is old news. I haven't had any major issues except for the tear in 2001 at my first child's birth. According to the surgeon, I healed well except for an extra bit of skin that he removed 2 weeks after the original surgery. The scar split a tiny bit after birth #2 but the stitch the midwife put in fell out and it healed together on its own.
I sliced my finger open with a knife during this last pregnancy and it healed quickly. I don't know of any strange bloodwork results except for low iron. All STD bloodwork came back negative.
My life is hectic lately and I could be deficient in something. I didn't really take prenatals this past pregnancy like I should have. They made me ill in the beginning and then I kept forgetting later on in the pregnancy. I have never taken one prenatal pill, but took vitamins separately to get what I assumed I needed. My midwife was aware of the vitamins I was taking even though I didn't take them on a daily basis. I do eat a vegetarian, mostly organic and whole grain diet and take a daily flax seed oil supplement.
I was thinking about this earlier tonight and wondering if I could do an experiment. I have a slightly herniated belly button. It popped out the very last day of my first pregnancy and hasn't gone back in. It doesn't hurt, but my OB/GYN and midwives have both said the only way to get it back in is to have it surgically put back. Would having that procedure done while I have my perineum repaired give some answers on the state of my body's ability to knit tissue together? What I'm asking is will I know more about my perineum if my belly button heals fine but my perineum doesn't?
And I have questions about perineums for anyone who wants to answer. Can I go through life with a 1/8th inch long perineum? Will it affect my ability to have more children? I don't think I want more at this point, I'm just curious.
Thanks for the hug, Itlbokay
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