Cross-posting in health & healing...DS3 was born 3.5 weeks ago. I had a first degree tear that we left unstitched. It seemed like it was healing fine but about a a week ago everything down there started feeling really irritated and sore. There's a lot of redness, more on the side where the tear is/was. This happened after DS1 was born too, with a 2nd degree tear that was stitched and took 10 weeks to stop feeling so irritated. I don't think anything is actually infected as the midwife did a culture when this happened last time and there was no infection. I've never had a yeast infection. Any ideas why things feel so irritated and what I can do about it?
Do you know what kind of suture was used?
Have you talked to your midwife? What did she say?
Are you using any herbs? Sitz baths?
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
13yo ds 10yo dd 8yo ds and 6yo ds and 1yo ds
Maybe it's that irritation that sometimes comes when cuts start into that next drying/healing phase? Have you tried some sort of soothing salve?
I wonder if it isn't a yeast infection, even though it's not itchy and I don't have any weird discharge. It's not really much the tear itself that's the problem. Any suggestions on how to treat a yeast infection postpartum? Seems like all the treatments involve inserting something and I'm not sure that's a good idea at less than a month PP.