I don't remember feeling a ring of fire at all actually, both births (one with epidural one without) I tore in exactly the same spot, about 1cm, no big deal... the biggest thing is when you're pushing and they said stop or hold on, listen! That's when baby is coming out and the harder you push at that time the more force on the skin around... but while I thought pushing was the absolute hardest and most painful thing in the birth, I didn't feel the burning part
You can also do a perenial massage to help stretch the skin ahead of time and improve the elasticity, I got my husband to do it witb EPO.. it hurts but I think it helped
It felt like Satan was pulling on every nerve in my vagina. And not a quick little pinch. No that lasted for a WHILE. I know I was cussing a lot. And yelling at people. And generally being very unpleasant. It hurt so so so bad. I seriously just wanted the baby to crawl back up into my uterus. Not looking forward to that.
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