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Hi all,<br><br>
I just had my first baby 11 days ago- vaginal, no drugs. Everything went ok except for the end when my baby stalled for a bit in the crown position which resulted in swelling and a labial tear. I had to have stiches but right now they are itching like crazy and its driving me bonkers..... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
Is this the norm for stiches? I have never had any in my life. I just wanted to know what to expect as far as healing and recovery from mama's who went through it. Other than that, I feel fine and am almost back to normal.
 

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I had a natural birth in November, and had two smallish vaginal tears, and one major labial tear. I had no idea that this could happen - I'd never heard of it! The doctor seemed unfazed, and said 'we'll just stitch you up".<br><br>
The stitches seemed to hurt more a week after getting them - and they pulled a lot. There was a large knot to tie off the stitches - right under the fold of my inner labia - and this is where the pain came from. It was honestly hard to tell how everything was healing as the days went on - and while the doctor said that they stitches would dissolve on their own, they certainly did not. I used a hand mirror to check, but it hardly looked like anything was even there due to the clear plastic stitches.<br><br>
Finally, at my 6-week check up, I asked the doctor to take the stitches out. He explained that the stitches had truly dissolved inside me - just not on the outside. A few snips, and they were gone.<br><br>
The labial tear has been a problem - it still pulls and hurts during sex, 3.5 months post labor. I keep thinking that it may tear even more if I'm not careful. It's strange to now have a labia that's torn in half.<br><br>
Also, I didn't know that the bleeding (lochia) would go on for so long - 6 weeks! And then a week later, I got my period, so even more blood!<br><br>
Hope this helps - I know that every woman is different.<br><br>
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I've never had stiches resulting from a birth, but I've had my share elsewhere, and everytime the stitched injury itches like crazy when it's healing. It's just part of the healing I think.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've never had stiches resulting from a birth, but I've had my share elsewhere, and everytime the stitched injury itches like crazy when it's healing. It's just part of the healing I think.</div>
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Stitches--especially after a week or so being in--were more uncomfortable than the injury itself. You'll probably feel significantly better once they're out.
 

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try homeopathic hypericum perforatum - it's used for surgical wounds and nerve pain associated with them. you could also try homeopathic arnica montanum too.<br><br>
also diluted witch hazel in a peri bottle - spritz often.
 

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That's completely normal. Itching is part of the healing process and it's GOOD! It means the nerves are all right. I would be worried if there was some funky drainage coming from the injuries or burning. Just plain old annoying itching? Sounds normal to me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Wishing you a speedy recovery!
 

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I had an awesome first (and 2nd) birth but had 4 stitches after each one. I never had any itching, but I also took 2 hot showers each day and sprayed by nether regions with warm water as often as I could to speed healing. I know there are some herbal things you can add to a warm water spray, like the witch hazel mentioned above, that would also help. A little itching should be pretty normal, but if it's really driving you nuts, you might also ask your midwife/dr to see what they'd suggest. Congratulations on your first baby - enjoy this precious time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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my GF had a second degree tear, and her stitches itched and swelled and when she went back for her 6 week check up the doc said she was allergic to the stitches and she should have had them right out.<br><br>
other than that herbal compresses really helped me.<br><br>
wishgarden.com sell a mixture for sitz baths i just made a tea from and put cold right on my yoni with a washcloth.
 

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I had a second degree tear with stitches with DS. The stitches bothered me too but sitz baths helped. I didn't know about herbal sitz baths back then but I wish I had. I used witch hazel pads (that I kept in the refrigerator), sitz baths, and my peri bottle religiously until the stitches dissolved.<br><br>
BTW, Congrats on your new baby and your natural birth!!
 

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warm baths will help with the itching
 

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I am sensative to the glycerine that is in most Tucks type pads. I would look at what you are using for perineal care and try to minimize the products. Witch Hazel is wonderful, you could make your own soaked cooled cloths to apply as needed. Also go with out anything on down there as often as you can, this always seemed to speed the healing for me.
 
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