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urtwistingmymelonman Sat 17-Aug-13 08:04:45

I had stitches after giving birth to my son nine years ago(not in perenium but outer labia,sorry if too much info).
for many reasons it was a bit traumatic and i don't want a repeat experience!
im pregnant with my second and wondering if its likely that I will need stitches again this time round?

mayhew Sat 17-Aug-13 11:36:20

If you managed to give birth without perineal stitches the first time, there is a good chance you will avoid them again.

Labial stitches are less common. As a mw I only stitch the labia if it looks like they might heal awkwardly. They are usually caused by the baby coming out with a hand by the head, not within your, or the midwife's control.

urtwistingmymelonman Sun 18-Aug-13 07:37:02

thank you.
yes my son was born with his arm behind his head(ifI remember rightly!)
its strange because I seem to remember more about the stitches than the actual birth as the experience was quite horrid!
I was stitched by a registrar who did them wrong.
she had to take them out and start again so it dragged on for over an hour.
she hardly said a word or looked at me and was very cold and rude despite me telling her that I could still feel quite a bit of pain.
im thankful that I didn't have to have them in my perenium!

IsletsOfLangerhans Sun 18-Aug-13 07:48:05

I had an episiotomy first time round (and stitches burst afterwards - not nice!). Convinced I would tear second time round due to weakness in that area, but only had a few scratches so didn't need any. Result!

tumbletumble Sun 18-Aug-13 07:51:15

I had an episiotomy for DC1 and lots of stitches - not sure how many. Only 3 stitches for DC2 and none for DC3. Good luck!

TobyLerone Sun 18-Aug-13 07:54:41

I tore and had stitches with DC1 and had none with DC2.

mamamidwife Sun 18-Aug-13 09:01:02

How big was your baby? Sometimes large baby's with good sized heads are more likely to cause labial tears IMO

urtwistingmymelonman Sun 18-Aug-13 14:03:49

he was only six,fourteen so not big at all.

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