How would your stitches feel after child birth?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jan 12, 2011

This has been a matter of fretfulness for all the women, who opt for a caesarean section. The thought of a scar outlining the lower abdomen does give most women shudders. Every woman undergoes a different incision pattern, which is stitched differently and takes its own time to heal. Here, are a few facts about how would your stitches feel after child birth:

  • An initial discomfort is expected right after you have been discharged from the hospital. By this time, the anaesthesia would have worn off causing slight pain around that area. It is, however, unlikely for the pain to last more than three to four days.
  • The doctor will prescribe some pelvic floor exercises, which you must practise. These exercises make the muscles around the abdominal area stronger and quicken the healing process considerably! These exercises should be done in the presence of a certified physiotherapist as the techniques should not stretch or create tension in your stitches. These exercises do not hurt at all. In fact, they help you relieve stress.
  • The stitched area may remain swollen and can be reduced using ice packs for almost a day or two. This should make you comfortable in no time. Are you wondering where to find the sanitised icepacks used in hospitals? You can ask for a few from your doctor. They are plastic bags, tightly sealed and turned into hard packs of ice within minutes when kept in a deep freezer. Another safe alternative is to wet a sanitary napkin with water and keeping it in the refrigerator. This can be used for cold compressions and stopping the bleeding internally if it happens at an initial stage.
  • Give the area enough rest. Unnecessary stretching of the lower abdomen might make the stitches snap when it is tender and the skin has not developed over it. Lately, all hospitals use only sterilised plastic or synthetic stitches instead of normal cotton ones, which come out on their own as the wound keeps healing.
  • It might hurt you during an intercourse. Usually, the vaginal region is soft and can stretch up to an extent. This area becomes more sensitive when the stitches are on. This pain subsides as time passes by. If it does not, you must seek help from your gynaecologist.
  • Most women complain of pain while passing stool in the morning. This wears down slowly in three to four weeks’ time. One must give it some time to heal.
  • If the pain persists longer than a month, consult your medical practitioner at the earliest. There is a treatment available for persisting pain after caesarean.

Enjoy the feeling of having a new life around in the house. Moreover, if you give too much attention to the stitches you might end up getting anxious. Take proper rest and do not keep touching the stitched area often. Make sure the area is clean and covered with a sanitised cloth.


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