Join Date: Sep 2005
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Did you have a tear or cut? Any specific trauma to the area? Or just plain old good fashioned "baby noggin" pushing it's way out? If you did have some tissue trauma it can take a while to heal...
I had a 4th degree tear so I've been very interested in healing! Between my wonderful alternative OB care providers, the knowledgable women here, and some IRL mamas who have healed from 3rd and 4th degree tears/cuts I put together a pretty big list.
The highlights are:
--eat a really good, balanced diet with plenty of good fats and more protein than normal. This helps tissue repair.
--sitz baths are good even after tissue has begun healing...the heat promotes blood flow (good for healing) and you can add herbal blends for extra "oomph". You can get as fancy as you like with the herbal blends, or stay pretty basic with epsom salts/sea salt or ginger or comfrey.
--massage the whole perineum with vitamin e oil, or olive oil. This can improve blood flow (so again, good for healing), break up adhesions and desensitize any scars, get funky nerve connections sorted out a bit, and is a good way to re-connect with a part of your body that's been through a lot and could use a little love.
One thing my OBs push is the need to re-integrate the vaginal area after birth, especially if there has been any tearing or other birth trauma. They feel that if there is trauma the body can sort of "shuts down" the vaginal area as a sort of self preservation. They suggest things like belly dance or gentle yoga (kundalini, svaroopa) to help re-integrate the pelvic area. These exercises improve blood flow, stretch the muscles while strengthening them, and most importantly allow you to focus on that part of your body in a positive/healthy/feels good/sexy/whole manner.
I hope you heal quickly and fully!