Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Minneapolis USA
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I was very suprised at the perineal pain I was feeling right after my baby boy was born (at home.)
I had a lovely labor and quick pushing/slow crowning (13 minutes) stage, and after my laobring was done, as I was holding my newborn, I was so distracted because my perineum hurt so badly, and I felt an incredible urge to pee. It tuns out I did have a little tear that did not require a stitch. (This tear: the result of the "husband's stitch" my OB added to my 1st baby episiotomy repair.)
All I wanted was to sit in a tub of ice water, and then hold my new baby. I wanted my pain/discomfort over and done with when I was holding my baby, but that was not the case. I handed baby over to dh and tried to pee in the shower, and then again later on the toilet, and then finally I felt 'normal' enough to enjoy my baby, relaxed in bed w/ an ice pack between my legs.
Anyone else feel like this? I was so suprised.... it was like my labor hadn't ended just yet, even though my baby was out. I am a teeny bit dissapointed when I look back and reflect and remember that my mind was on my crotch and not my baby! It was so distracting.