In India, in the upper middle-class society, you tell someone you’ve had normal delivery/natural childbirth, they look at you with such surprise as if you’ve suddenly announced that you are an alien from some other planet. It’s that rare. So, it’s rarer that many people have heard of episiotomy. Episiotomy, what???
What is Episiotomy?
Let me tell you, episiotomy is the cut that the doctor makes between the vagina and anus to help facilitate easy and speedy birthing and prevents rupture of tissues.
Now having said that, I will also tell you that episiotomy is the mother of all nightmares. Seriously, I had thought with the baby out, my world will be hunky-dory once again but didn’t realize the horror that was awaiting me. And if you think I am exaggerating that means you haven’t undergone one, my dear friend. It’s a wide cut and requires many stitches. Those stitches hurt you like nothing in this world. Even the most intense of labour pains is a tickle in comparison. (Now I am exaggerating but only just )
So yes, just imagine the stitches and the pain down there at your special place. I couldn’t sit but had to while breastfeeding. And I couldn’t wait for it to get over. Even lying down was not simple, so had to lie down on the sides to avoid hurting. And God only save you if you have constipation! I remember begging to God a couple of times to kill me.
But here are certain measures that you can take to accelerate the healing process or avoid the pain:
The dissoluble stitches may come off in 15-20 days but the skin still takes time to heal. The pain usually lasts for 3-4 weeks but sometimes for months on end, it depends on your healing process.
Also read: When Is An Episiotomy Required?
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