Vaginal tears during childbirth, also called perineal lacerations or tears, occur when the baby's head is coming through the vaginal opening and is either too large for the vagina to stretch around or the head is a normal size but the vagina doesn't stretch easily. These kinds of tears are relatively common. Tears that involve only the skin around the vagina typically heal on their own within a few weeks. Some tears are more extensive and require treatment. Your health care provider will carefully examine you after delivery to identify and repair any injuries.
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6 Things No One Ever Tells You About Your Post-Baby Vagina
Life changes after you have a baby. How could it not? You brought another human being into the world. But while everyone warns you to expect less sleep and more stress once you have a newborn to care for, no one mentions another change: what happens to your lady bits. But here's the upside.
What happens to your vagina after childbirth?
There is a timeline of what happens to your vagina immediately after giving birth, but this article is about later on as you heal up and things get back to what might be their new normal. Your perineum may be sore too. This should all start to heal up and progressively get better over the next three or so months. Some women take longer to heal up, while others will feel back to normal quickly with no untoward side-effects of birth. A vaginal birth can stretch out your vagina, weaken your pelvic floor muscles, and result in various issues from unsatisfying sex to stress urinary incontinence.
You have a baby bathtub. You have no-tears baby shampoo. You have 12 brands of diaper rash cream and enough newborn clothes to outfit an entire daycare. Postpartum bleeding can be compared to a heavy period, Susan Bliss, MD, an ob-gyn at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, says, which is why super-absorbent maxi pads yes, like the kind you wore in junior high will become your new best friend. The discharge will gradually taper off and can vary in color, from red, pink, brown, yellow, white to even green.