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#1 of 12 Old 08-28-2010, 05:56 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Did anyone else have stitches to repair a tear? If so, how are those doing? Can you feel them or are they causing any problems?

I had a 2nd/3rd degree tear (started as 2nd, then went deeper) and lots of stitches. I was told they'd absorb in about 4 weeks (I'm 5 weeks pp now), but I can still definitely feel and see them. This happened with my first birth as well, the stitches didn't absorb and my OB had to remove them at my 6 week check.

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I had stitches for a 2nd degree tear. She said they'd probably get itchy and to do a sitz bath, or a bath with epsom salts. They were kind of not-so-good feeling around a week or so, sort of painful I think (but then again, nothing really felt good down there about then)

They felt ok by about 2 weeks PP, and by 2.5 weeks I tried going out for a ride on my horse. I definitely felt them then, but no damage done.

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I had a small second degree tear, so I have one stitch. Which was on the 24th, so not even a week old. Really, the stitch is nothing compared to the annoying skid marks. Holy cow, those things sting!

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My stitches for an episiotomy felt fine after 2 weeks. Sitz baths helped a lot.

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I had stitches for a 4th degree tear and they were very itchy. I used the witch hazel wipes and medicated cream and tons of sitz baths. Hope they feel better soon!!

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I had a second degree tear in my vagina which is giving me no trouble. I'd don't even think it had to be stitched up? But, my 2nd degree tear all the way back to my rectum has been quite painful. It'll be a week tomorrow and as of yesterday, it's starting to tingle a bit, I think that means the tissues are growing and healing. My midwife said between 7-10 days (usually right at 10) you get itchy like you have a yeast infection on the internal tissues. Ugh. I don't have that yet and am not looking forward to it. I'm going to try an herbal sitz bath today for the first time. I didn't feel ready to immerse my bottom in water until now. Boy, birth was way better than birth aftermath.

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I had a small 2nd degree tear (maybe 6-8 stitches?) and haven't really felt the stitches at all. A couple of times I sat cross-legged and felt them pull a little, but that's it. I do seem to remember from last time around, though, that I definitely noticed when they came out, but I don't remember how far postpartum that was (I'm only 7 days right now.)
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I had a 2nd degree tear internally, so I don't know how many stitches I have or where they even are to be honest (all I know is it took the Dr well over 45 minutes to repair), I have noticed some itching, and a little pulling here and there, but it really hasn't been that bad. I keep wondering when they will be gone as we have been itching to have some grown up time

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I keep wondering when they will be gone as we have been itching to have some grown up time
I'm wondering the same thing, I'm pretty disappointed mine haven't gone yet.

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I'm going to try an herbal sitz bath today for the first time. I didn't feel ready to immerse my bottom in water until now. Boy, birth was way better than birth aftermath.
My midwives recommended bathing 3-4 times a day with bad tearing. I had nearly 3rd degree tears with each of my first two births and I definitely concur that with tearing, the aftermath was much worse than the delivery. At least labor lasts at most a day or two -- it took me two full months to recuperate from tears. It was so much easier this time with only a very minor tear.

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In my experience, sitz baths will help soften the stitches and promote healing...if you have a big tear, definitely up your number of sitz baths every day to at least 2-4 times. I would sometimes nurse while on the sitz bath in order to get even 5 or 10 minutes of warm water on those stitches...heavenly.

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Wanted to add that in addition to the sitz baths, I found doing Kegels helped to stretch out the area and make it more comfortable...the best was doing Kegels in the sitz bath.

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