so what was everyone else's healing time, if any? im feeling better, but getting impatient. (my baby is only 5.5 days old)
I found witchhazel and water on a pad that was then placed in the freezer felt awesome!!
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Lesli: Wife to Jon, Mommy to my treasures, Kyla(Feb 06), Erin (Nov 08), and "Beanie" due 01/12! We're a home centered family! Homebirth, homecooking, homemade homegrown, and homeschooling!!
With DS, I tore. It was enough of a tear that it needed to be stitched. That took about a week and a half to heal, but I was up and moving fairly regularly within a week. There was very little scar tissue to break down and I was feeling pretty darn normal within 2 weeks from the birth. In comparison to the episiotomy, it was a night and day difference.
I don't know if this is something you'd be willing to try, but my midwife suggested running a capful of hydrogen peroxide down external part of the wound one or two times a day, then rinsing off with water, and letting it air dry. It seemed to help me greatly.
Anyway, at 5 1/2 days I wouldn't worry!
Good luck all--
SAHM to Ada 8/15/2006, Calla 11/22/2008, and Wright 6/16/2011
This time I had a fairly large tear but I let it heal naturally and it hasn't even been 2 weeks and I feel fantastic. I never applied anything to it, just kept it clean and tried to lay low and keep my knees together. I am just stunned at the difference.