During most vaginal deliveries, mothers experience a tear to the perineal area. These tears require stitches which usually heal within 7 to 15 days. But for some women, the road to recovery can be extremely painful.
Painful vaginal stitches after birth can make even everyday activities such as sitting or using the loo a nightmare. Swelling, infection or opening up of the stitches can further increase discomfort and pain for the new mum.
To hasten the healing ‘down-there’, it is important to keep up the hygiene quotient. "The opening up of the stitches and vaginal infections can worsen the pain,” says Dr Papia Goswami Mukherjee, consultant gynaecologist, Kumar Clinic, Mumbai.
Here are some tips from experienced mothers which will help you heal the post-delivery vaginal stitches. Follow these and spring yourself out of the painful miseries.