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Last edited by IndigoJ; 12-11-2013 at 12:45.
3rd degree tear with my first (7lb 14) and was stitched in hospital
2nd degree tear with second (8lb 4) and was stitched by mw at home (homebirth)
only a graze/small tear with third (9lb 4) no stitching, homebirth again, and he also had his fist by his head, which was a bit tricky, but still went just fine.
I definitely think the WAY you approach crowning is the key to not tearing, I know you had a situation happening with your last birth where breathing your bub out slowly was not possible, but if you can concentrate on just breathing while your body pushes the baby out, tearing should be kept to a minimum.
I had a 3rd degree tear as well as an episiotomy with DS1. I went on to have DS2 exactly 18mths later with no tear, but did need a small episiotomy to reduce the risk of tearing (my OB could see it about to happen).
The second time around, even with a small cut, I didn't even need a Panadol. Was a much better and faster healing process than the first time around.
I had an episiotomy with my first. I discussed with my ob previously that if it came to it I didn't want to be left to tear in which he agreed. I expect the damage if I had been left to tear would have been horrific. I had no issues with healing, the healing time was quick.
I was half expecting he would advise me to have a cs with ds2 in which I was against so was glad when he advised that I would be fine giving birth naturally second time round. He was very right, totally different experiences much easier and quicker second time round.
I had a much smaller episiotomy with my second. Again healed well.
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