How to relieve postpartum stitch pain

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How to relieve postpartum stitch pain

For many women the pain caused by the episiotomy points after a natural birth are really difficult to bear and cause a discomfort similar to what is felt in the delivery room. But also the points of the wound Caesarean section is not a walk in the park, to the point that women who have given birth with a C-section declare that they feel better only after removing the stitches. In short, whether we gave birth naturally or with a caesarean, the stitches can be really annoying. So today we will see how to relieve postpartum stitch pain, to start enjoying your new mom life as soon as possible.

In this article

  • Points drop. How long does it take?
  • What natural product can I use for pain relief
  • Pain relievers for postpartum stitches
  • Postpartum stitch infections. What are the symptoms?
  • Itchy post-partum stitches, what to do?
  • How to heal the points of birth?

Points drop. How long does it take?

There are several ways to soothe the pain and help you manage it until the stitches fall off. Regardless of whether you've had an episiotomy or not, pain around the perineal area after a vaginal birth is extremely common, and taking the time to recover properly is key to ensuring yourself a smooth transition to motherhood.

The points in general they fall off on their own after 10 days or they are removed one week after giving birth in the hospital, but if it is not yet time and if the doctor decides to leave them a few more days to heal the wound better, you can expect them to fall on their own.

Removal of cesarean points is usually not painful. You may feel a pinch, especially if the paper clip has gotten a little stuck in the skin. In general, you will only feel a slight tingle when each paper clip is removed.

Read also: How to heal postpartum wounds

What natural product can I use for pain relief?

They can be used immediately after delivery ice packs or cold water bottle to relieve discomfort, or you can use spray recommended by your doctor, with a soothing action.

In the following days you can relieve the discomfort with a semicupio (you sit with the perineum and buttocks immersed in water) or baths in the vaginal area with hot water a couple of times a day.

Pain relievers for postpartum stitches

Depending on the severity of the discomfort and pain, your gynecologist may prescribe a pain reliever or advise you to take an over-the-counter pain reliever such asibuprofen (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) or the paracetamol (such as Tachipirina).

Postpartum stitch infections. What are the symptoms?

If you feel that the pain is getting worse as the days go by or if you notice a odor unusual, swelling or see del liquid or pus in the area of ​​the points it is important to contact your doctor immediately to understand if there is an infection. In that case it will need to be treated with antibiotics.

Itchy post-partum stitches, what to do?

Il pruritus it is a normal sensation in the area of ​​the stitches: the skin stings because it is healing, because the vulva is returning to its original size and the stitches "pull". So there is nothing to worry about and you can relieve the discomfort with an ointment based calendula. However, if the itching is associated with excessive redness or abnormal swelling it is important to report it to your doctor.

How to heal the points of birth?

There is not much we can do to speed up healing, but we must always keep the wound clean and protect it with sterile gauze to reduce the risk of infection.

Here are some practical tips for post partum:

  • Keep the area clean using lukewarm water possibly with the addition of calendula oil to provide immediate pain relief and reduce postnatal perineal swelling or discomfort.
  • After the bath, dry the spots thoroughly and avoid rubbing with a towel.
  • Use soothing products: for example, we can gently press an ice pack wrapped in a clean cloth on the painful area.
  • Change your sanitary pads regularly: keeping the area clean by changing sanitary pads at least every 4 hours will help reduce the risk of infection and make you feel more comfortable and clean.
  • Begin the pelvic floor exercises as soon as you feel able: these exercises should be done already during pregnancy to strengthen the perineal muscle band and reduce the risk of episiotomy, but also after childbirth they are indicated, especially to strengthen the muscles and to have greater bladder control.
  • Take pain relievers regularly prescribed by your doctor: most often an over-the-counter pain reliever is enough to feel better. Don't feel guilty - the experience of giving birth has been very challenging and it's okay to give your body time to recover.
  • Eat lots of fruit and keep your body hydrated: A diet rich in soluble fiber and vitamins will help your body heal and facilitate the passage of bowel movements.
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