i had a really long labor (48 hours) and 4 hours of pushing. (my babe was almost 10lbs). i was high after he came out. i hadn't slept in two days and was delirious while in labor but the adrenaline, hormones and endorphins kicked in when he came out and i was euphoric!!
then i had a hemorrhage from a calcified placenta so i ended up having a cutterage which required a spinal saddle and morphine on top of the 18 hours of an epidural (and i still felt everything btw!
) i'd had ...BUT if i hadn't been so darn swollen from all the fluid and drugs they'd pumped me with i would've felt pretty good.
the overall soreness set in about 5 days later when i stopped taking the percoset.
my cranial sacral therapist, who does homeopathy, gave me a "prescription" dose of arnica (200c) in her office around 5 weeks after my ds was born and i started feeling much better in my perineal and lower back area about 4 hours later. she also gave me mild chiro adjustments and cranial sacral therapy that day- the first time i went to her. i was having problems walking and felt very twisted in my body.
i would recommend getting some arnica remedy from the health food store and take them according to the directions immediately after birth. try to get the highest dilution- like 60x is the usual one they sell OTC. do not put arnica gel directly on the perineal area- it should not be used on any broken skin. for the tear/stitches i used a peri bottle wash of warm water, 2 drops st. johns wart tincture, 1 drop tea tree oil, 2 drops calendula oil and 2 drops cham/lav oil. i felt fine down there. i was actually surprised at how normal it felt. oxytocin is a helluva drug!
also, i think i mentioned this before to you (?) in another thread magnesium, magnesium, magnesium. pooping after was the worst part and this supplement helps a lot. it's also a muscle relaxer.
sorry! not trying to be bossy there just sharing a couple things that i found useful. and no matter how you birth i think having those things can't hurt.
overall, i didn't feel bad from the actual delivery it has been more residual aches and pain from the long labor/ back labor. i'm feeling almost totally back to normal 3 month pp.