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Vaginal Birth (Definition)

A vaginal birth is one in which the baby passes thru the cervical opening into the vagina and out the vaginal opening. Sometimes naturally, or sometimes with assistance with forceps or vacuum extraction to assist moving the baby's head thru a vaginal area ...Read more


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What to do if few days after vaginal birth: skin irritation - why?

What to do if few days after vaginal birth: skin irritation - why?

Puppp: You may have pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy.which can begin at the end of the third trimester and carry over after delivery. The cause is unknown but may be hormonal related. Treatment is symptomatic. The rash tends to disappear after several weeks ...Read more

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Is it common now for doctors to prescribe pain meds after vaginal birth? Is it safe to take?

Is it common now for doctors to prescribe pain meds after vaginal birth? Is it safe to take?

Depends on what: It is normal to use mild pain relievers such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin following child birth. In some cases narcotics might be prescribed. Please talk to your provider on impacts these drugs might have on breast feeding as some drugs can be excreted in breast milk (which is why I tend to lean towards non-narcotic options). ...Read more

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2 weeks after vaginal birth & tubal ligation, husband & i had sex. Used condom but took it off. Didn't cum in me, pregnant? Started bleeding again after

2 weeks after vaginal birth & tubal ligation, husband & i had sex. Used condom but took it off. Didn't cum in me, pregnant? Started bleeding again after

Not pregnant: Women do not ovulate 2 weeks after a delivery, so you will not be pregnant. Bleeding of and on for several weeks after a delivery is normal. It is generally considered a good idea to wait at lest 4 weeks after a delivery before resuming relations because the risk for a uterine infection is so very high during that time frame. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes foot, ankle and lower leg swelling after vaginal birth? Received epidural. No swelling during pregnancy.

What causes foot, ankle and lower leg swelling after vaginal birth? Received epidural. No swelling during pregnancy.

If unilateral - DVT?: While it is common to have swollen lower extremities postpartum as fluid shifts occur after delivery, this is usually bilateral. If the swelling is unilateral and/or accompanied by pain, would recommend seeking evaluation to confirm not a deep vein thrombosis of the lower extremity, which has potential serious medical complications (e.g. Pulmonary embolus). ...Read more

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How long after giving vaginal birth until i can swim in a pool?

How long after giving vaginal birth until i can swim in a pool?

Postpartum: Generally you are at increased risk of infection for 6 weeks postpartum and that's when i tell my patients it safe to go swimming again. ...Read more

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After giving vaginal birth how long does it take for everything heal and go back to normal?

After giving vaginal birth how long does it take for everything heal and go back to normal?

6 weeks: The rate and way human tissue heals is remarkably consistent; 6 weeks is usual. ...Read more

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How long after giving vaginal birth does episiotomy take to heal?

How long after giving vaginal birth does episiotomy take to heal?

Up to 6 weeks: The superficial stitches part will heal in 7-10 days. The underneath part can take a few weeks to feel normal again. ...Read more

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Is it safe to masterbate after a vaginal birth?

Is it safe to masterbate after a vaginal birth?

Yes: Your comfort is likely the only guide you will need, but talk to your doctor or midwife about how long you should wait to put anything inside the vagina, based on the specifics of your delivery. Masturbation that doesn't involve putting anything (like fingers or sex toys) inside the vagina is generally safe; if you have stitches or are tender, stop when you have pain. ...Read more

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