With my first baby I ended up with a rotational forceps delivery, an episiotomy and two tears (2nd degree) running up the vaginal wall internally (caused by the forceps being dragged against it).
I'm now 27 weeks with baby no.2 and terrified of what might happen this time around. I have visions (nightmares!) of the delivery ripping open all the previous scars and making an even greater mess of my poor nethers!
Can anyone who had similar injuries from their first delivery share their experiences of second time around (especially if it was better!) so that I can get some perspective/prepare myself for what's to come? Thanks!
I had internal tears the first time around from DC1's fingernails and her just being in a bloody awkward position with her arms on her way out. Had to have an epidural after the birth and be stitched up in theatre.
It wasn't an issue at all with DC2, I "only" tore externally due to his mahooosive nose.
I had a second degree tear with dd and had extensive stitching. I found recovery from the stitches worse than the birth itself. I always felt a bit 'tight' afterwards. With ds I also had a second degree tear but as there was no bleeding it was left to heal on its own i.e. no stitches (I have a feeling that it was existing scar tissue that tore which is why there was no bleeding). My recovery was much quicker and I had much less lasting pain after the second birth and the tightness was gone making sex much easier and more comfortable.
I had a second degree internal tear first time, mainly due to waters breaking at last minute with mecomium in and having to get baby out asap. Second baby was v overdue, induced and bigger but only had a small graze (delivered standing and didn't really need to push). I did unfortunately need a whole 2 stitches but this was fingernail related like the person above and wasn't painful at all.
I had a Keelans forceps rotation with my DS,my episiotomy wound broke down and was left to heal by secondary intention so presumably lots of scar tissue.I was convinced my next delivery would also be complicated. However,with my DD1 I had a tiny tear which didn't need suturing. With my DD2 ,tiny tear ,one suture. Good luck!
Thank you all!! Well, it seems to be a mixed bag. I'm going to focus on those of you who got away with a much better result second time around and keep my fingers crossed At least it doesn't sound as if too many people came off worse second time and I got through it once...