Hi just wanted to share my recent experience. Had my baby girl on 26th Jan. Ended up having forceps and episiotomy. However the stitch which they say is one continuous running stitch broke away at the bottom. Very painful and only realised this after about three days when I had a look with a mirror. I wasn't given any info about the stitches or after care and have had to look stuff up on the internet. Anyway it seems they never re-stitch. I've been getting three salt baths a day with lavender and tea tree oil which really helps to sooth it. Also bought a sitz bath from amazon. It goes onto the toilet for when you have a wee and honestly makes it far more bearable. I also got a spray called Motherlove from amazon which I spray into the sitz bath...again it helps numb the area a little. It is now two weeks on and I am just starting to feel a little better in terms of pain and going for a wee is no longer an excruciating experience. Just thought for those in a similar situation may find it helpful as much of my reading was in blog's like this and not from healthcare professionals rather ironically!
glad you have found some decent relief and great idea to start thread sharing it: as much as we all want to believe we will have a beautiful water birth many of us in reality have this type of experience especially first time.
i had similar first birth with 3rd degree tear and episiostomy. like you received very little advice. i used tea tree on maternity pad (really helped keep clean and infection free) and also those little arnica capsules.
Gosh, that sounds horrendous I had dd on the 21st Jan, and one of my stitches didn't heal and is now infected. Have been told to get something to do a sitz bath with and have got some camomile herbal stuff to bath with. It's so sore! My midwife came this morning and also said I could use Sudocrem after bathing and drying it properly, and also suggested Royal Jelly. I don't have any but do have bee propolis which she said is fine too… Congrats on your baby girl, and good luck with the rest of the healing!