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Vaginal repairs post birth? Sorry TMI

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babynelly2010 Tue 26-Mar-13 09:14:56

Hello,
I am pregnant with DC2. 2 years ago I had DD with 2nd degree tear. It was stitched up but not very well by birth centere MW, some stitches came away. It is now very open and you can see vaginal walls when looking at it, it was not like that before. I also had a labia tear. Sorry TMI. This time around I feel like my pelvic floor is weak, I am 18 weeks pregnant right now, and sometimes if I sneeze with a full bladder some pee comes out.
I am now suddenly very scared about what will happen afterwards, I researched prolapses and what it looks like post vaginal birth and petrified. After DD at 6 weeks check my GP did not check down there and actually dont know what is normal but looking at google it looks like that mine is more open than normal and perennial tear stitches just came away.
After second baby if I have any damage would I be offered a repair that will fix what was not done properly at the first birth?

AliceWChild Tue 26-Mar-13 09:20:03

Answering your last question first, yes they can repair things that happened at your first birth at your second. They did this for a friend of mine.

Have you spoken to your dr about the problems from your first birth? There's people who specialise in sorting this stuff out, I'm seeing them months after my birth. It's worth getting checked out as there's things they can do.

ZolaBuddleia Tue 26-Mar-13 09:21:15

I don't know about what you would be offered as a matter of course, but I had a repair following a 3rd degree tear with internal damage. My stitches held better than yours, but still the healing wasn't right, so I had a repair op when DD was 5 months old.

The surgery was ok, more sore than the original stitches but I suspect that was because post birth I had stronger painkillers.

Sympathies, I know it's very traumatic.

babynelly2010 Tue 26-Mar-13 09:33:13

Hello, Thank you for your responses. No I did not specifically talked about this with my doctor. Should I make an appointment and speak about my concerns with them? I just worried they will not take me seriously because it's already been 2 years and obviously it was not painful or anything? I am just all so worried now, especially last time I had a water birth and there was a student midwife there with the regular midwife. She said when the crowing stage happens I will tell you what to do, well when that time came they where busy chatting with each other and I had such urge to push... I think that what attributed to the damage at the first place and than proper repair did not take place and than I did not have proper aftercare....
Should I talk to GP or a MW? I see MW next in 7 weeks but I can make a special appointment with community MW. All this just came flooding back in today I don't know why...

ZolaBuddleia Tue 26-Mar-13 09:45:19

Well, they're not going to be able to do anything until your baby is born, so try not to worry. I'd definitely ask your midwife to make sure you get a proper check for damage after this next birth.

Also, if you have no damage at all this time there is still nothing to stop you asking to be referred for a restitch.

My consultant couldn't offer an explanation for my tear, he said that it just happens to some women, so I doubt there is anything you could have done.

A friend of mine said that a doctor friend of hers said that stitching after a waterbirth is always more difficult as the tissue is in a different condition to dry skin. I'm not medically qualified at all, just passing on an anecdote.

babynelly2010 Tue 26-Mar-13 10:08:44

Thanks Zola. I am planning to have a very serious conversation with MW and than with GP after birth regarding of any tears and no tears afterwards. I think I feel better now that I have a plan. Thank you.

ZolaBuddleia Tue 26-Mar-13 10:36:44

Absolutely. smile

cravingcake Tue 26-Mar-13 19:32:07

Just want to add, yes you can have things fixed. I had my DS 17 months ago and today had a skin tag removed from my perinium (i had a 4th degree tear so have had a lot of follow up appointments). Speak to your normal gp about your original tear but as another poster said they wont really be able to do anything until after new baby arrives. Speak to your midwife/consultant so they are all aware and if once your new baby arrives things need sticthing/repairing they can possibly look at the old scar at the same time.

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