I have a 2nd degree tear, but it seems to be all the little grazes/cuts that I can't actually see that are bothering me most!! It feels like I have had a bramble bush dragged across my vagina. I have horrible little pinching pains all over my vagina and it's absolute AGONY when I pee, the perineal bottle doesn't help and I'm starting to get nervous about peeing...
Can anyone recommend something for the pain, or something to apply to help the healing process speed the heck up? It's only been 3 days since I gave birth and this is the only thing that's really really bothering me!
yeah i agree with pp. i had a slight tear and a graze on the labia and omg it did hurt. i didn't use the toilet for just over a week as it brought tears to my eyes when i tried to pee. i used to go in the shower for a wee!!!! i know its grose but i don't like bein in pain!!
get plenty of baths and try keep the area clean. mine has healed now.
it does get better!
my midwife also recommended lavender oil to put in the bath but i dint try it cos was afraid it might sting!
Use Lavender oil in your bath, it won't sting and will help to keep the area clean. and make sure you drink plenty. I know you won't want to if it's sore, but the more you drink the more dilute your wee will be and the less likely it will be to sting. My grazes definitely hurt more than the tear and stitches, but it does go away really quickly.
Thanks guys! I have tried peeing in the shower and in the bath...the first time in the bath was fine (I was on an IV for dehydration when I was in hospital, so maybe that helped for the first few days??) but now it stings with almost the same intensity as just peeing straight I managed to go twice this morning, it still stings like hell, but I could actually finish peeing, so I guess it must be some better..
I'd read about the lavender oil, I might give it a go. I've been prescribed ibuprofen & paracetamol for the pain (I said to DH I didn't think ibuprofen was considered safe for breastfeeding!... =/ I am BF'ing)...
It is horrible - I don't want to drink because it'll make me need to pee more, but the more I drink the less concentrated my pee... Though I drank quite a bit last night and my pee was still the same colour
I can't wait until I can go to the bathroom normally again!!!!! It's amazing how much you take for granted before being pregnant/having a baby...
oh i was like that, brings back memories. I swear peeing was more painful than a drug free birth! Was in tears many a time! I didn't have any stitches only 'grazing' so don't know how I would have coped with more! Only thing that helped was pour LOADS of water all over when on toilet, at the start it took at least 1L but soon got down to only needing a little bit. As hard as it is you need to keep drinking loads as the more concentrated your wee the more it hurts! Give it a couple of days and the pain will be a distant memory.
I'm sorry you're in so much pain. I had an episiotomy with my 1st and suffered a couple of very sore grazes. The only way I was able to pee was in the bath; I found it also helped (this is going to sound a bit yucky) to place my hand over where the graze was.
Try not to avoid going to the toilet and/or avoiding drinking so you don't need to pee. It only makes the urine more concentrated when you go and it hurts more. Try to drink plenty of water throughout the day as it'll water your urine down.
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