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Anyone not need stitches?

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dabihp Fri 15-Apr-05 18:35:55

There is a scary post on here at the moment about stitches and pelvic floor...

Just wonderign if anyone didnt need any stitches first time around. And if not what do you attribute it to?

Frame/hips/shoe size/weight/ perenial massage???

mummytosteven Fri 15-Apr-05 18:41:20

had a lot of stitches so not talking from personal experience;

from what I read perineal massage can help, and trying to stay as active as possible during labour can help, and squatting when you are pushing, rather than lying down on a bed (don't think you can be very active with diamorphine/epidural tho) . oh and waterbirth can as well.

Ameriscot2005 Fri 15-Apr-05 18:43:41

I've given birth 5 times and never had any stitches.

I'm fairly average build (shoe size 7) - never did any perineal massage.

I just did what the midwife told me .

mummytosteven Fri 15-Apr-05 18:43:55

i don't think that having lots of stitches necessarily means pelvic floor problems. if you are concerned about your pelvic floor (yes I know that's a daft way of putting it!!!) then make sure you do pfes now and after the birth.

pixiefish Fri 15-Apr-05 18:45:04

My friend has had 5 kids and hasn't had stitches with any of them. First was 8lb something but the rest have all been big babies- think the second was nearly 12 or 13 lbs. She is fairly big but from what I can remember she has small feet. She pops them out like peas. She's into her essential oils and visualises each baby being born for weeks before the birth.

I didn't do this but did do the perennial massage for weeks before i had dd. I had stitches after a ventouse.

Another friend had a fairly rough first birth, ventouse and stitches. She decided to have the second at home, did the visualision thing and had a short labour and no stitches. SHe's very slim, average everything

Beetroot Fri 15-Apr-05 18:46:21

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Nemo1977 Fri 15-Apr-05 18:47:03

I didnt need stitches i didnt do anything to prevent them and my son was 9lb 1oz and born after labour lastin hour and half from start to finish. I was also laid on bed as i had drip for induction and diamorphine.
Shoe size is a 7

mummytosteven Fri 15-Apr-05 18:47:54


Nemo1977 Fri 15-Apr-05 18:48:43

lol sorry
must have been

Jen84 Fri 15-Apr-05 18:49:08

Hi, i've fortunately not needed any stiches with either DS's. I never did anything like massage or visualistion i just followed what the midwife said.

Fop curiousity sake(Altho i don't think it made a difference) I'm slightly overweight(prior to pregnancy) Size 7 feet meduim build and average hips!!!!

dabihp Fri 15-Apr-05 18:49:27

Any women with size 4 feet not need stitches????

(praying for a 'yes' answer!!)

hunkermunker Fri 15-Apr-05 18:49:49

I had a waterbirth, did exactly what the midwife told me and squatted to deliver (was never flat on my back at any point during labour - walked around a lot before I got in the pool and was up on my knees in the birthing pool for each contraction).

And I still had a second degree tear - but don't have pelvic floor problems. I think it's luck of the draw to a certain extent - DS was a fairly big baby (8lb 10oz) and I'm not a very big person, but I don't think that's necessarily anything to do with it.

Where's the scary post, she asked, nosily...

Beetroot Fri 15-Apr-05 18:49:53

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hunkermunker Fri 15-Apr-05 18:50:31

(I have size 4/5 feet) Sorry!!

roisin Fri 15-Apr-05 18:51:04

I've had 3 babies, no stitches.
Small/medium frame, small feet.
Babes medium/large 8-9 lbs.
Didn't do perenial [sp?] massage.
Did keep active during labour, and second two were waterbirths.

Thomcat Fri 15-Apr-05 18:51:46

I didn't have stitches. Pushed for an hour and a half or something I think, (why can't I remeber that anymore?) Used almond oil to massage in. Did active birth classes. Once head was out all I did was pant and didn't stop till baby was out. No pain relief and was standing up. Baby was 7lb, 7oz.

dejags Fri 15-Apr-05 18:51:50

No stitches with either of mine and I had two babies with larger than average head circumferences (DS2 was 39.5cms).

I have a medium frame, tiny hips, size 6 shoe, 60kgs and definitely went for perineal massage.

I also did what the midwife told me.


dabihp Fri 15-Apr-05 18:52:03

hunkermum, its called -

pelvic floor all gone to pot...

Thomcat Fri 15-Apr-05 18:52:32

Oh and as everyone is mentioning feet I'm a 4/5.

dejags Fri 15-Apr-05 18:52:36

my weight was 60kgs - babies 8lbs10/8lbs5, both very long around the 60cm mark.

Jen84 Fri 15-Apr-05 18:52:36

Oh the boys were 7lb 13oz and 7lb had an epidural both times...i'm a wimp!!!! also didn't do pelvic floor....oops

JoolsToo Fri 15-Apr-05 18:53:05

3 babies 3 lots of needlework - I'm sooooooooooo petite

mummytosteven Fri 15-Apr-05 18:55:26

the unfortunate poster on that thread had a failed ventouse and then a forceps - instrumental deliveries tend to mean episiotomies which mean stitches

dabihp Fri 15-Apr-05 18:59:18

I have been told that unless i have a 5lb ababy I will never deliver naturally... but, I really dont want another c-section, but all these labour stories are scaring me!!!

mummytosteven Fri 15-Apr-05 19:00:26

how come dabihp? are you very petite?

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