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Mama to DS (3/7/06), DSD (11/17/02), DD (1/16/08 ) , DS2 (5/30/10) and Baby Quinn (R.I.P 3/22/13)
Mum to DS (8yrs), DD (6yrs), and DS(3.5yrs).
I second the rule of thimb being 4-6 hrs on suturing, the suturing has to be done when the tissue is raw/exposed so that it will adhere to the other open side and heal together.
I did not choose to have stitches with vag birth #1, lovely baby girls 10lbs 4oz, the next day when it was burning like hell everytime I urinated I called mw and asked if she could come and suture but alas it was too late. My perineum was intact, it was the deep side splits that were killing me. They did heal naturally but it took some time, I think it was at least 7-10 days before the burning w/urination was waining.
This time w/uc I wont be getting sutured either, but I have always wondered if I had been stitched if it would have been easier recovery for me. If this baby tears me badly I just might have to call one of my MW friends to come but Im not planning on it.
I used a lot of honey and compresses. Has anyone else heard of honey on the wound? It helped to seal it and be a barrier to the urine. I think I had read an article on honey for this use somewhere recently (w/in last year)...Ill have to check on that.