(Closed) POLL: Did you tear during childbirth?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Did your vagina tear?

    Yes

    No

  • Post # 31
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: City, State

    No tearing, 40 hour labor. Baby was 6 pounds 9 oz. It was an at home birth.

    Post # 32
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I had a first degree tear (1cm down my perineum) that didn’t need stitching and some grazing. I pushed for just over an hour and Bub was 6 pound 8, although she came out with her hand against her face. 

    Post # 33
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    10+lb baby posterior delivery.  So yep, I tore.  3rd degree. I also had an episiotomy as well, because apparently the tear wasn’t good enough on its own.  

    Post # 34
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

    Second degree tear, I had a very fast labour and baby’s heart rate was dropping so I had to do a lot of hard and fast pushing, and in the end they had to use a vacuum. Honestly I was afraid of tearing but I didn’t feel it at all (I wasn’t was unmedicated). 

    Post # 35
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    190 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    Full labour 7 hrs; active labor 10 minutes; baby 8.5 lbs; 28 stitches internally and externally

    Post # 36
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    1939 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    Full disclosure I partook voting no even though I haven’t actually given birth, because I wanted to see the poll results. And now I’m scared and horrified 😧

    Post # 37
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    1939 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

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    OnedayasaLion :  I’m sorry for this probably really stupid question but did you sleep at all during those 40 hours? I would assume not since, you were in labour, but holy cow TWO DAYS, that is beyond intense 😦

    Post # 38
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

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    Glasgowbound :  I apologise for another probably terribly stupid question and if it’s too intrusive just ignore me, but does tearing have impact on ahem tightness down there post childbirth? Does it all snap back to size once stitches have healed? 

    Post # 39
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

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    cjkostuch :  is that…regular? Rom-coms clearly haven’t done much of a job educating me on the constant perenium massage 😲 This whole thread has made me feel like an akwardly cringing 14 year old again. 

    Post # 40
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    910 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I didn’t actually tear but was cut 3 degrees, 47 hours of labour and baby’s shoulder was caught. Wasn’t explained to me how bad I was cut and when I got home the first layer of stitches came out because I did too much. Due to that the healing was weeks and weeks. I didn’t have any pain relief ( not by choice!) agree with the PP that said everything hurts so i that sense you kind of don’t know what’s what 🙈

    Post # 41
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    Helper bee

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    tillymac :  I work in labour and delivery (I deliver babies) and the average first time vaginal delivery ends in a 2nd degree tear, and nearly every woman recovers beautifully from this! So try not to worry 🙂 it comes down to the genetics of your tissue (elasticity etc), and how the delivery went (head in the right position, baby’s arm position – some try coming out like superman lol – and a slow, controlled delivery at the time of crowning). Really the only thing you can control is how you push at the time of crowning, and even with excellent control women can still have larger tears. It’s just what our bodies are meant to do! And at least now in first world countries you have doctors to repair you after!

     

    Moral of The story – try not to worry about this. It’s almost entirely out of your control. As is the entire birthing process. Just roll with the punches and focus on the bottom line – a healthy mom and baby! Your doctors/nurses/midwife will be there along with your support people to help get you through this!

    Post # 42
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    768 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    With my 1st baby I had 3 episiotomies (20 stitches). Lucikly my epidural had already worn off a few times by this point so I got to enjoy all of that goodness.  With the 2nd baby I had a natural tear (8 stitches).  Both babies were almost the same size too – #1 was 8.7 and #2 was 8.3, obviously #1 had a much bigger head haha

    Post # 43
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

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    annelise210516 :  Seems the same to me. I asked DH after my first kiddo and he said all was the same. I haven’t asked him since #2 came along 🙂 

    Post # 44
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    618 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I had a second degree tear that required stitches. Cut to 6 weeks later and 2 of the stitches were still in there (1 intact) and the midwife pulled one out (ouch!) and the other she cut so it could work its way out – it did but it also pulled some healthy tissue with it. Cut to 3 weeks later and I had to get that tissue frozen off.

    Post # 45
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom

    I had 2nd degree tearing that required stitches. I kept pushing when I shouldn’t have – I didn’t hear my doctor say stop! Anyway, felt a little of the stitching while it was happening, but it wasn’t bad. I was walking around the same day, though it was slow going (I didn’t want to do too much). Healed up much faster than I expected and I didn’t need any pain killers, just ice packs, witch hazel pads, and dermoplast those first couple days (all given to me by the hospital). Oh, and a peribottle!

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