Giving birth after an episiotomy

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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889 posts
Busy bee

I have 3 kids and pregnant with number four. I had an episiotomy with my second baby ( I was lucky because I didnt feel anything even though I was drug free as well) but there was minimal tearing (no where near the scarring) with number three even though I was pushing a bit too hard (lol I was getting impatient!). Just make sure you only push when your body feels it just can’t wait any longer and try your best to follow the instructions of the midwfie/Dr if they tell you not to push. Good Luck!!!

Post # 4
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Busy bee

cathiemaney :  It’s funny, with each birth I was more scared but the actual labour and delivery were easier each time, so this time im trying to not over think things. With my first the labour was around 12 hours, the next was 6 and the next was 4! Lol I keep thinking I shold probably have osme towels in the car this time round in case we do’nt get to the hospital in time!!

With my third I had pushed his head out and suddenly felt really weird about it and just wanted him out so I ended up pushing more than I probably should have but it was all fine in the end. With the first 2 I was on my back but with him I was on all fours ( sorry tmi!) so maybe that’s why I felt a bit odd but it was actually a much better position for me pain wise. I havent let myself think about the next delivery too much but when I do I just tell myself, you’ve done it before you can do it again!!

Also the thing that really helped me when I was in it was to imagine myself holding the baby the next day, and telling myself tomorrow is coming, it will be over soon. I was very lucky that I didnt need any drugs and hoping that things go smoothly again this tme, but remember that even if things change, you can get through it 🙂

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have 3 kids. With the first I had an episiotomy and it was painful and it took a while to heal. With my second and third they let me tear naturally (it was just a little) and it healed up much quicker and easier than the episiotomy. I’d go for natural tearing any day. Each successive labor was also quicker.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

cathiemaney :  I had an epidural each time so I have no memory of tearing at all and wasn’t aware of it. With the episiotomy I was aware, but due to the epidural it was more pressure than pain while I was being cut. I’ve found each successive birth/labor easier just in general.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

cathiemaney :  I had one with my first but not my second.  The second time I did tear (so about the same- 2nd degree).  I have no idea if it was in the same spot, I’d guess so but I didn’t ask.  I had epidurals with both so I never felt anything.  I thought healing was easier the second time though, it just didn’t seem to bother me as much.  But even though it was easier in the beginning, I think the spot stayed a bit tender longer (probably the full 6-8 weeks after birth).  Pushing was just as much work for me the second time lol.  Sooo much work.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m currently pregnant with my first- so no personal experience, but I took a birthing class at my hospital.  My hospital tends to not give an episiotomy anymore as they claim cuts from the episiotomy continue to rip further than if you were to naturally rip without an episiotomy.  I know it is possible to give birth and not rip, but from what I’ve read and what they claimed it seems very unlikely.  Resisting the urge to push before your doctor/midwife gives you the go ahead helps.  I’ve heard that natural labor tends to cause less ripping as you are more conscious of what your body is doing (though I didn’t get the impression that the difference was significant).  Again, I’m sure others on here know a lot more from personal experience, this is just the information the hospital I will be delivering at gave me a few weeks ago in the class I took from them.     

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I had 3 episiotomies with my first baby and my epidural was gone by the time I was pushing so I felt all of them (and the 20 stitches). Tore natually with my second (8 stitches).

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