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Hello -
With my son I had a lot of problems with the tear healing. Does anyone have any tips on how to help the healing process. I have some maxi pads soaked w/ witch hazel in the freezer. Any other ideas?
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I use a postpartum herbal sitz bath just for general perineal healing, but the herbs in it should help with healing of tears as well. You should be able to find some at the health food store.

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Don't use a donut! When you do you're essentially dropping down your parts! Lay on your side with your legs closed as much as possible.

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I had a large tear with dd and I did the sitz-bath and laid on the bed to fan dry for about 10 minutes three times a day. For me, it worked like a charm, I had no discomfort at all.
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1. Herbal bath 2x a day for about 3 days- with comfrey leaf, witch hazel, sea salt, lavender, rosemary(fresh).
2. Keep your legs closed and lay down as much as you can.
3. Frozen maxi pads w/witch hazel(check!)
4. Homeopathic Arnica taken every time you pee- 3 pellets. 30ch or 200ch(depending on how bad the tear is-the higher the number the stronger it is).

For the birth- you can try using oil and hot compresses to help have minimal tearing. A midwife I know uses comfrey oil at time of birth and says it's awesome with the "ring of fire" and lessens the chance of tearing. Also pushing with the urge and not "purple pushing" when someone tells you to is most likely going to help with minimal tearing. I found that out with my second birth- 1 pound larger baby- face/brow presentation and he descended and came out in 2 "grunt" pushes.....not a single tear, just a skid mark from his chin

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What really helped with my tear was St John's Wort Oil (or Hypericum perforatum infused in Extra Virgin Olive Oil).

Not sure if you can find it over there but it is pretty popular here in Greece for wound healing.
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With DS1 I had a 3rd degree tear. I did twice daily sitz bath in Epsom salt and herbs along with using witch-hazel hemorrhoids cloths. Even though the tear was really bad, I didn't actually have too much pain - I think it was thanks to these methods.
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