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4 weeks post partum, had a tear but midwife said stitches were not needed I have a cut/slice that is very near to anus should I be concerned?

4 weeks post partum, had a tear but midwife said stitches were not needed I have a cut/slice that is very near to anus should I be concerned?

Tear depth matters: Usually stitches are only needed for deep tears that go into the muscle or tears that don't stop bleeding. It's possible to have a skin tear that goes to the anus that doesn't need repair. Anything deeper may need a stitch, though unlikely. Stool softeners, always. Poop everyday, or at least every other day and smooth. Fiber matters. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a scheduled appointment tomorrow, which is my 4 week 4 days postpartum. Will my ob take the stitches off tomorrow?

What to do if I have a scheduled appointment tomorrow, which is my 4 week 4 days postpartum. Will my ob take the stitches off tomorrow?

Staples or stitches?: Metal staples have to come out, typically after 5 - 7 days after a c/section; after 4 weeks it may become a bit more laborious to get them out. Stitches these days don't need to come out, whether a woman had a c/section or a tear/cut to her perineum during a vaginal delivery. At any rate, your provider will know what to do. ...Read more

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7 weeks postpartum. Why are my stitches not healed yet? Why does it still burn to pee?

7 weeks postpartum. Why are my stitches not healed yet? Why does it still burn to pee?

See remark: If you gave birth, then the stitches are of episiotomy, a cut in skin below vagina to facilitate the delivery. Some stitches take longer to "dissolve" If your doctor allows it take sitz bath daily. Yo may have urinary infection? TakeAZO tablets from drug store 3 x day (no script needed) and drink cranberry juice twice a day. If no relieve, see your doctor Wishing you the best in health "neighbor"I ...Read more

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At my postpartum visit my doctor told me that I would have to have perineum repair surgery after healing badly. Was this a result of bad stitching?

At my postpartum visit my doctor told me that I would have to have perineum repair surgery after healing badly. Was this a result of bad stitching?

Probably not: There are three components to restoring childbirth perineal injuries. 1.) The extent or seriousness of the injury 2.) The quality of the surgical repair 3.) Your own ability to heal without intervening factors like infection or poor nutrition. ...Read more

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4days post partum, had large, hard stool. It pushed into my vagina and popped two stitches. Very bad low ab pain now. Need re stitching or call to doc?

4days post partum, had large, hard stool. It pushed into my vagina and popped two stitches. Very bad low ab pain now. Need re stitching or call to doc?

Go to the Ob-Gyn Dr.: If stool went through, popped stitches, and ended up in the vagina, the ob-gyn doctor can examine the area to see what kind of secondary repair is needed. A good rule of thumb is "never let the stool get hard" after a baby delivery, hemorrhoid surgery, or other surgery in the anal/rectal area. The patient and spouse must not be squeamish about handling poop, to prevent bad things from happening. ...Read more

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Post partum hypertention?

Post partum hypertention?

Postpartum hypertens: The miracle of pregnancy can sometimes be associated with complications. Hypertension could develop in the third trimester or early postpartum (after delivery) period. This can be treated with medication effectively. Half of women may remain hypertensive longterm, while the other half will return to normal blood pressure. ...Read more

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What is a postpartum doula?

Postpartum Doula: What a postpartum doula does changes from day to day, as the needs of the family change. Postpartum doulas do whatever a mother needs to best enjoy and care for her new baby. A large part of their role is education. They share information about baby care with parents, as well as teach siblings and partners to “mother the mother.” they assist with breastfeeding education. ...Read more

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How can I treat postpartum bleeding?

How can I treat postpartum bleeding?

See your doctor: You need to see your doctor to find out why this is happening. Once that question is answered, then the appropriate treatment can be dispensed. ...Read more

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I am so nauseous 6 weeks postpartum. Why?

I am so nauseous 6 weeks postpartum. Why?

Unlikely not related: Your nausea is probably not due to your pregnancy. Your hormone levels that can lead to nausea in pregnancy are not a factor at 6 weeks postpartum. Most likely you have a gastroenteritis or some other source causing the nausea. ...Read more

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Is it normal to bleed 8 weeks postpartum?

Is it normal to bleed 8 weeks postpartum?

Ovulation: Depending on when ovulation kicks in after a woman gave birth, it usually takes 5 - 8 weeks for her to have a menstrual period. ...Read more

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What can be done about postpartum hairloss?

What can be done about postpartum hairloss?

The good news is: That this type of hair loss is self-limiting. But you can take supplements like Viviscal to help it along, or try OTC products, just get the OK from your gynecologist ...Read more

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How long can postpartum last after an abortion?

How long can postpartum last after an abortion?

Post partum What?: Most women experience their next period 4 to 6 weeks after a surgical abortion. If you don’t have a period after 3 months ensure that you discuss with the physician. If this is not what you were asking about then please clarify ; re-ask question. ...Read more

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How long will I experience postpartum bleeding?

How long will I experience postpartum bleeding?

Varies: Some people may bleed on and off for even up to 8-12 weeks postpartum. If you are unsure if the bleeding you are experiencing is normal or if you have other associated symptoms of concern, I suggest you discuss with your obstetrician. ...Read more

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How long should my first post partum period last?

How long should my first post partum period last?

Heavier and longer: The first post partum period is often heavier and longer. If you have bleeding that lasts twice as long as your usual menses I would follow up with the delivering dooctor to rule out other problems. ...Read more

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1 month postpartum can I start taking long walks?

Very good idea: As long as a person does not have any specific contraindications, walking can be started shortly after delivery. In fact, this is recommended. Activity and exercise can gradually be increased and should shortly return to per-pregnancy levels. ...Read more

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What can I expect at my 6-week postpartum checkup?

What can I expect at my 6-week postpartum checkup?

Full Physical Exam: An early postpartum visit at one to two weeks postpartum should be considered for women with cesarean delivery, medical issues that require close follow-up and women at risk for postpartum depression. The routine postpartum visit should include a complete physical exam and in some cases cervical cultures and inspection of episiotomy. ...Read more

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Do you know if there are postpartum effects of a epidural?

Do you know if there are postpartum effects of a epidural?

Rare: Pain in the epidural site
Weakness in legs
Headache
Bruising at the site. These are rarely seen the majority of the time the effects are minima ...Read more

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Postpartum anxiety with second baby. What can help with this?

Postpartum anxiety with second baby. What can help with this?

Please seek medical: Evaluation for these symptoms. Severe anxiety can impact bonding with your new baby. In the meantime, avoid caffeine & either eliminate or keep alcohol use moderate. Try deep breathing exercises and progressive muscle relaxation. Get out with your new baby in a stroller and walk. Physical activity in green spaces is especially helpful. ...Read more

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What is the connection between postpartum cardiopathy and death?

What is the connection between postpartum cardiopathy and death?

Serious and can kill: Formerly, postpartum / peripartum cardiomyopathy had a high mortality rate by pump failure or rhythm disturbance. While the cause remains unknown, only about 1 woman in 30 dies of it today, though the course can be long. ...Read more

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How long postpartum, can women have/show HELLP syndrome symptoms?

How long postpartum, can women have/show HELLP syndrome symptoms?

Weeks: Although less likely than when you are pregnant, the HELLP syndrome can present 4 to 6 weeks postpartum. ...Read more

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Why am I getting smaller (but still not losing weight) postpartum?

Postpartum changes: Weight is a very poor measurement especially postpartum when your body is often retaining water. In the postpartum period it takes 6 weeks for the uterus to contract from just below the belly button back to fist size. As this happens your abdominal wall contracts down as well and can make you thinner. ...Read more

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Is it normal for postpartum bleeding to come and go up until 8 weeks?

Is it normal for postpartum bleeding to come and go up until 8 weeks?

Can be: It is fairly common to have irregular bleeding post partum especially if you are breastfeeding. If the bleeding is heavy then an evaluation by your Obgyn is warranted ...Read more

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Would you say it is still normal to bleed after the 6 weeks postpartum?

Sometimes: It depends on how much endometrium and other material was present post partum. If the bleeding is still bright red call your OB for assessment. ...Read more

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I'm almost 6 weeks postpartum and bleeding more now, is this normal?

Is it 1st period?: This may simply be your period since you are six weeks post partum. It's a good time to schedule your post partum visit too. You can discuss your contraceptive plans. Discuss options that will give you cycle control and consider methods that give short light periods ...Read more

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How does standing, shopping, cooking and cleaning affect postpartum recovery?

How does standing, shopping, cooking and cleaning affect postpartum recovery?

Probably ok: But not too soon, give yourself a vacation of 2-10 days or more if possible. But this type of exercise would probably be good for you. ...Read more

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How soon after birth can I put on a postpartum band? Ok to do so the next day?

Sure: Many patients like to wear a girdle or post partum belly band. This provides some support to the abdominal muscles and feels good. It does not shrink the belly though as some think. ...Read more

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19 days postpartum and having headaches every day. What would be causing this?

19 days postpartum and having headaches every day. What would be causing this?

Headache post partu: AngieD~ please have your doctor check your BLOOD PRESSURE, because it can go up after delivery and need treatment. If it persists and gets worse go back for further evaluation. But do not ignore, have have your BP checked thanks ...Read more