Kegel Exercise and Episiotomy: Keeping Yourself Safe After Giving Birth
One of the many side effects of getting pregnant and delivering a child is tearing in the vaginal area. This is often referred to as the perineal tear as it is actually the tissue between the vagina and the perineum or anum that gets torn at child delivery.
Sometimes, this process is necessary if the baby has grown too big to fit in the mother’s vagina. Also, if it is taking too long for the baby’s head to come out of the birth canal, gynecologists decide to do episiotomy to accelerate the delivery.
Of course, after tearing the tissue, gynecologists will have to sew the torn tissue together after they took out the baby. This is necessary to keep the size and shape of a woman’s vagina.
What Happens After Sewing the Perineal Tear?
After delivery, stitches in the perineal tear may become itchy and sore. So you must remember not to open your legs too wide several months post partum. This is to ensure that your stitches will heal rapidly and naturally. This also means less sexual activities for you and your husband.
Because it is an open wound, you have to always keep it clean and disinfected as it heals. You may undergo herbal bath to prevent infection, speed up healing, and for pain relief.
When it’s completely healed, you’ll be left with a scar on your vagina, which is really not that attractive. To prevent a scar, you can use pure vitamin E after the tear has fully closed. Frequently apply to ensure there will be no scars.
Normally, perineal tear is fully closed and healed after 6 weeks of giving birth. You can resume doing sexual intercourse, but in a gentle manner. It is better to set precautions so as not to open up the wound and attract infection.
Preventing Perineal Tear and Episiotomy
Afraid of going through this operation and the recovery? You can actually prevent from getting perineal tear – simply by committing to daily kegel exercises before and during pregnancy. Kegel exercises are a specific type of exercise designed to strengthen and tone pelvic floor muscles and vaginal muscles. This helps in a lot of healthy ways, preventing incontinence and other related disorders. Also, it helps women go through pregnancy and child delivery without having to undergo episiotomy.
It makes the pelvic floor muscles and vaginal muscles stronger and more tone, preparing it for child delivery. Because of regular kegel exercises your muscles are more equip and are in better shape to handle delivering your baby even if it’s a pound or two big. So there really is no need for episiotomy and that dreaded recovery.