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#31 of 34 Old 02-07-2012, 07:55 AM
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I'm just boggling at the thought of a foot long incision for a c section. Mine is 5 inches, maybe 6... And hidden just fine, and An almost 10# baby was delivered through it.

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To AP toddler mama-

I gave birth last year and had a fourth degree tear as a result of having a short perineum. It took 8 weeks to recover. A fourth degree tear is not a simple vaginal tear- mine went through my anal sphincter and to my rectum. Several months after recovery, I began having problems. I ended up having a sphincteroplasty which is when they cut you back open and repair the anal sphincter and in my case my rectum and a group of vaginal muscles. I'm now 6 weeks post op and still having problems. I cannot pick up my child, carry groceries, or run the vacuum. My OBGYN and my uro gyno surgeon have each told me in the future I can only have c sections and that the c section recovery will be a breeze compared to a fourth degree tear alone! I will take a scar on my belly (and I have LOTS of friends who have went through that) than the past 12 months of incontinence, pain, unable to work, and needing help with my child while my husband works. I would never minimize the impact of a c section as you should not minimize how serious a tear can be. You should be proud of those scars! I know I'm proud of mine (even though its not visible to everyone) bc it gave me the greatest gift of my life. Your ignorance is evident and you should not make such outrageous statements.

If anyone is concerned about the length of their perineum and tearing during childbirth I urge you to explore options of c sections. I am not into home birthing etc. But be open to a c section and just stay informed!

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well this is from a mom that did have bad tearing i had what they call as fourth degree at in sex places due to my son being breech and i also have a short perineum so it was not fun it took me way over six weeks to heal right but thank god after it all heal i was fine

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