The superficial bits should be well on their way to healing by now, although it'll take a while longer for it to be completely healed. Depending on the method they used to repair it there may not be much to see anyway although often a couple of bits of stitch fall off as the rest dissolves. Is it feeling ok?
I'm not the best person to ask because I had to have it all redone. My advice is to keep in regular contact with a health care professional (chances of it being the same person are slim, I'm afraid). If it doesn't feel right - tell someone. Keep telling them until you are satisfied with the answer not until they are satisfied they have told you all you "need" to know.
They’ve been checked as one stitch gas come undone and a bit of it was ‘open’ (midwifes choice of words). It’s uncomfortable but not painful. As far as I know they just used stitches to get it together
It took me a few weeks before I was brave enough to look!! I was the same as you, I kept them really clean and I'm sure they were away after a month. I've forgotten already and it was only 6 months ago
I had episiotomy stitches and got special antibacterial soap (designed for 'down there' I could hardly feel mine after about 3 weeks or so. I was never brave enough to look but did have a feel of them! Haha
Oh god I haven’t even got myself to the point of feeling them 😂😂 I’ve been using witch hazel gel (more for the cooling element than healing properties haha) but I’m just uncomfortable and still slightly swollen.
I had an episiotomy, stitches and ended up having follow up with a gynae consultant at 10 days, 2 weeks and 8 weeks as they’d opened. The wound has now come together and healed (a few weeks ago and I’m 10 weeks PP).
If you look, the stitches look a bit like spaghetti. I was advised by the consultant to not have a bath until fully healed as the bathing/soaking makes the stitches dissolve before you’ve healed. Was told to have showers only.
Dryheave is right... unfortunately I wasn't given any care advice for my episiotomy, including the showers only rule. So on day 4 I was still feeling a bit sore and thought a warm bath would make me feel better. All it resulted in was a "gaping" in my stitches (the word makes me want to gag now!) and I needed 3 weeks of physiotherapy to get it to start healing again. 🙈🙈 15 weeks later and it's completely healed but still a bit sensitive to the touch and DTD on the one occasion we attempted it was agony- I really hope your recovery goes more smoothly OP and I know for some it does!
At 2 weeks pp I went to he midwife and she said I was taking slightly longer to heal than some woman, could still see a stitch! One bit looked open to me but it did heal and close by itself a few months later A gp told me 'it heals from the inside out' which makes sense and is often why some women get little openings that seem to take a while to close but most do!
Like someone has said, if it doesn't feel right get it checked though! Don't be fobbed off! I was in a lot of pain for a long time! Thankgod it all ended up fine but at the time I was terrified!!!
Pregnant again and this thread is bringing back alllllll the memories 😭
Depending on the severity and number of stitches probably 4 -6 weeks to heal. Salt baths can be good to aid healing too. Don't be in a rush to Look, things can look quite different with or without stitches, give your body a bit longer to settle. 💙
Well baby is 3 weeks on Monday, swelling is pretty much gone, still a bit bruised and sore. Still not brave enough to look 😂 will probably not look until 4 weeks have passed 😂 not in a rush to get back on the horse or anything - just impatient to heal as I’m slower than I was and feeling much older than I am!