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    Default Stitches after a perineal tear - how long til I can sit down?!

    DS arrived on Monday, complete with 2nd degree tear about 6-7 cm long. It's been ok up until yesterday but now I'm increasingly suffering when i bend over etc and can't sit down on anything but a deep recliner. OB says it's normal at this stage. How long is this going to last with this sort of pain?!

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    I was fine pain wise until day 2-3 and then it got really bad! I had a second degree almost 3rd degree tear all I can offer is to keep up the panadol from memory day 5 was the worst for me so tight and sore and burny (i had no infection the doc couldnt believe how quickly it healed up) after that it got better quite fast just keep the area as dry and clean as you can hope the pain subsides soon for you

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    cold things in my undies helped to soothe the pain and reduce swelling.

    put some water in a condom and freeze it, or a cold pad, have it in for a bit and then out again.

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    Default Stitches after a perineal tear - how long til I can sit down?!

    As pp said freeze some water in a condom and put in between a pad in your knickers apply for 20 mins at a time will help any swelling go down. I also had a 2nd degree with ds and it healed really quick once I did this. The middies also told me to take panadol with voltaren or nurofen for a few days which really helped too.

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    From what I remember it got conciderably better after about 5 days. I know I was walking round the shopping center by day 10, choosing some shoes for my birthday!

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    Default Stitches after a perineal tear - how long til I can sit down?!

    Yes, keep up panadol +nurofen, cold packs down there, also (depending on the weather!) try getting some sunlight or salt water on them. Either helps it heal a bit more quickly.

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    I had a 3rd degree tear after DD. I waqs lucky though I had minimal pain and discomfort.. I just kind of had to sit on my butt cheeks for a couple of days and be careful not to stretch it too much. Keep up with your pain meds (panadol etc) and hopefully you will be feeling much better in a couple of days.

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    You can also try sitting on a ring (like a blown-up swimming pool ring, etc) or something similar to a neck support ring that you'd wear while travelling, etc. That should support your bottom/thighs, while keeping your painful area clear from touching anything. I remember all too well, unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maria02 View Post
    Yes, keep up panadol +nurofen, cold packs down there, also (depending on the weather!) try getting some sunlight or salt water on them. Either helps it heal a bit more quickly.
    I can't imagine how to get sunlight on them without shocking the neighbours!

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    Default Stitches after a perineal tear - how long til I can sit down?!

    Ice ice ice. My maternity hospital had some special finger like gel things that would expand when wet and then get frozen, they were great. Frozen peas in a zip lock bag work well in a pinch too (though I wouldn't serve them afterwards!!!!). PPs are right, it does get better pretty quickly.


 

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