During the birth it often happens that you are cut or torn. In principle, that is not very strange since a whole baby has to go outside. Depending on the extent to which you have been torn, you must be attached after delivery. If sutures are needed, stitches are always needed. Unfortunately, these stitches are no fun after delivery. But if you keep things clean and follow our tips you can limit the burden. Read more about this in this blog stitches after delivery.
Internal sutures after delivery
After your delivery, you will see if you need to be attached. If you have only been torn slightly, bonding is not necessary. But once underlying muscles have been torn, it is necessary to attach internally. After cutting in, always attach. First you are anesthetized with an injection or a spray. The injection can be quite sensitive. Then the subcutaneous layers and skin are sewn together with needle and thread.
Attaching yourself is certainly not fun despite the fact that you are stunned. Usually it helps if you distract yourself, a wonderful distraction is holding your little baby. Then of course you forget everything around you. If you are completely torn out during the delivery, so up to and including the muscle of the anus, the stitching must be done under anesthetic. Nowadays, the sutures are made with soluble wire, so they do not have to be removed anymore.
Tips to take care of your wound
The stitches after delivery can itch and sometimes pull. In addition, they are in a vulnerable place that is also susceptible to infections. Therefore, take care of your wound well:
- Keep everything clean by rinsing the stitches a few times a day in the shower or by taking a bath. Do not use soap because that can cause infections.
- Do you have pain while urinating? Then pour some lukewarm water over the sutures during the urination. This dilutes the urine and this makes urinating less painful. You can also urinate in the shower and immediately rinse your wound.
- Pour well your bladder empty, so you prevent a bladder infection.
- Sit as much as possible on a hard surface, so that you prevent a lot of moisture accumulating in your stitches.
Inflamed sutures after delivery
If your stitches start to ignite after giving birth, it can be very annoying. That is of course the last thing you are waiting for. Always tell your doctor or midwife that you have a lot of pain and suspect an inflammation. If the inflammation is too severe, the stitches are removed. In addition, you can do the following:
- Keep your wound clean and rinse several times a day with lukewarm water.
- Put a sanitary napkin in the freezer and place it on your wound later. Of course, just wrap in a washcloth or towel. The cooling of the wound can relieve the pain.
- Sit on a hard or firm surface, this will drain the wound fluid.
- Inflamed sutures can be more relaxed if you take a sit-up bath with salt and special soap. Consult with your midwife first.
- Rinse or thoroughly clean the wound during urination to prevent further infections.
Can you avoid stitching after delivery?
When you give birth to your first child, the chances are higher that you will have to tear or cut if you like your second or third child. In fact, it is almost unavoidable, since you have never been stretched in such a way below.
There is something that you can do to prevent you from tearing or cutting a lot and that is: listening carefully to the instructions of the doctor, obstetrician or gynecologist. Many tears occur because the mother presses too quickly and too hard. So even if your need is so great, try to dose the presses otherwise you have a chance of a total rupture (tearing to the anus).
Handy precaution for sutures
Of course you do not know in advance whether you will receive stitches after delivery, but of course it is never wrong to be prepared. Then put before your delivery some sanitary napkins in the freezer so they are nice and cool when you come home later. First wet the sanitary napkins and then wrap them around a ball object and put it in the freezer. Do not forget to put a towel or washcloth around the sanitary napkin before you put it on your sensitive spot.