How to recover from an episiotomy - An episiotomy is sometimes necessary to deliver the baby you've waited so long to see. Due to the nature of the surgical incision, recovery can take some time. Keep pain and infection at bay and shorten your recovery time doing what your doctor advises. The faster you heal, the sooner you can enjoy your new package.
How to recover from an episiotomy
Collect an episiotomy
• Be prepared for the possibility of a long convalescence. The amount of time it takes to recover from an episiotomy varies from one woman to another. It can take up to two months to feel the pain. It will also depend on the depth and long cut is.
• swelling control of the region with ice packs while you recover. This will also help reduce pain. At home, you can even use frozen peas bags.
• Be aware that bowel movements can be difficult and painful for the first few days. Do not force as this may affect the stitches and cause bleeding. Take an emollient to solve this problem.
• Be prepared, also, the possibility of incontinence. This happens because the perineum, the muscle between the vagina and anus, has been weakened. When you are fully healed, try doing Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles.
• Wipe with cleaning materials given by your doctor. Use this especially after each movement of urination and bowel. Also use antiseptic sprays you received.
• Sit in a sitz bath to relieve pain and discomfort. The water should be warm and a very low level.
• Avoid intercourse for at least six weeks, or until your doctor says it's OK to wait for your wound heal properly to avoid complications.
• Refrain from heavy lifting, since the strain could break the stitches and cause bleeding; let someone else do it. Avoid vigorous activity too, for the same reason. Make a preference for slow gentle motion.
• Keep your sixth week postpartum appointment with your doctor. In addition to your postnatal assessment, your doctor will want to check that you are healing well and that you are completely healed.
• Use supportive devices, like a donut, for comfort when sitting as you recover. Sit in chairs that are easy to get off to minimize tensions.
Tips & Warnings
- Contact your doctor immediately if you notice dripping vagina, increased bleeding or odor.