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Episiotomy:( mommyrissa 33 kids; Casa Grande, Arizona 102 posts
16th Nov '12

My vagina is so swollen and I can't even spread my legs apart enough to walk!
I am in so much pain they just took out my cathader I hope I can pee on my own:( how long will this last???

Squid Kid Unavailable, NA, United States 32450 posts
16th Nov '12

like two weeks.

[JadeLee] 1 child; Minnesota 12190 posts
16th Nov '12

The swelling was so much better with the iced pads, it was quite improved by the time I left the hospital. I was there for 5 days after though.

TootsMcGoots 1 child; Saskatchewan 3911 posts
16th Nov '12

Ice packs, and warm baths help a lot...the swelling will go down in a couple days, but the irritating stitches will last around 2 weeks. Don't walk too much too soon. I tried to go shopping 3 days after having LO, and it was horrible.

DeanJade&Mak's Mom 3 kids; Covina, CA, United States 8822 posts
16th Nov '12

Ask for ice pack!!!! Its usually a diaper cut open and ice is stuffed in and wear it like a pad... feels amazing I didn't even want the pain meds, just ice packs lol, got to the point the lady showed my husband how to do it and showed him were the ice was :roll: good luck

*A&N's Mama* 2 kids; Halifax, Nova Scotia 4627 posts
16th Nov '12

Recovery from an episiotomy is rough :( it was a few days before I could walk alright. Use that spray bottle, it IS your best friend!

Tea Bag McGee Due November 21 (girl); 2 kids; tardis, OS, United States 6899 posts
16th Nov '12

i had a 1st degree tare.. it took about a week.. and the first pee stung just a heads up.

Brooke Cumberland TTC since Oct 2013; 1 child; Wisconsin 420 posts
16th Nov '12

2-3 weeks - i was able to take baths while still in the hospital and that really helped. I also took medicine to help with the pain. Ice packs are good for the swelling. It sucks but it will pass soon. Good luck!

Brooke Cumberland TTC since Oct 2013; 1 child; Wisconsin 420 posts
16th Nov '12
Quoting NevviesMom:" Recovery from an episiotomy is rough :( it was a few days before I could walk alright. Use that spray bottle, it IS your best friend!"


YES! I used that bottle for like a month!

Brooke Cumberland TTC since Oct 2013; 1 child; Wisconsin 420 posts
16th Nov '12
Quoting Tea Bag McGee:" i had a 1st degree tare.. it took about a week.. and the first pee stung just a heads up."


Peeing is the worst after the tare... It will get better tho!

Tea Bag McGee Due November 21 (girl); 2 kids; tardis, OS, United States 6899 posts
16th Nov '12
Quoting mommy-in-a-blended-family:" Peeing is the worst after the tare... It will get better tho!"


oh it did but i swear the first pee i was told and even then that didnt help. lol.. but it get better well for me it did by the third time i went pee.

iLL-Legal Unicorn Alien 3 kids; New York, TX, United States 37137 posts
16th Nov '12

A lot of people recommended this to me:
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Like people swear by it.



I didn't get a chance to actually try it, but several moms told me about it.

Carol Allison Due August 8; 4 kids; 1 angel baby; United Kingdom 253 posts
16th Nov '12

A bit of advice if you have an episiotomy for the 1st pregnancey there's a possabilty of tearing again with next pregnancy but try not to get stitched up as it's a hell of a lot less painful.
I had to have a episiotomy when my first was born but then I went on to have another 2 kids & I tore in the same place. The midwife never stitched me up she just to left it heal by itself & it's a lot less painful.
I'm 5 weeks pregnant now & i'm epecting to tear when I have this one but as long as midwives leave me to heal myself i'm happy lol

TootsMcGoots 1 child; Saskatchewan 3911 posts
16th Nov '12
Quoting Tea Bag McGee:" i had a 1st degree tare.. it took about a week.. and the first pee stung just a heads up."


I was warned about the first pee, but it didn't bother me at all. Not sure why, but I'm not complaining! haha

*A&N's Mama* 2 kids; Halifax, Nova Scotia 4627 posts
16th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting mommy-in-a-blended-family:</b>" YES! I used that bottle for like a month! "</blockquote>




Me too LOL I was scared to pee without it!!