With my first I had an episiotomy and according to my doc "tore the rest of the way". It was very painful and took a long time to heal. i'm sure it was necessary but, I can't help feeling a little mad that my doc didn't even try to prevent having to do this. She just automatically did it. Anyway, my question is. . . I would like to try to avoid having one with my second delivery. Do you think because I had one last time I will need one again or will I "tear" more easily this time? Has anyone had an episiotomy the first time and not the second?Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 8:31 PM on Apr. 1, 2009 in Pregnancy
Answer by Michele068 at 8:33 PM on Apr. 1, 2009
Answer by midnightmoma at 8:36 PM on Apr. 1, 2009
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Answer by julipickle2 at 9:23 PM on Apr. 1, 2009
Episiotomies are RARELY necessary. I am serious, your doctor probably rushed it. I am sure your natural tear would have been less severe. An episiotomy increases your risks for a 3rd or 4th degree tear. (While they can still happen it doesn't happen as often naturally vs being cut).
Make your wishes known. Tell him you do NOT want a cut, he can NOT do it against your will. I am hoping you have a different doctor then the one before. Let it be known to everyone in the birthing room that unless it is 100 percent needed, you would prefer to tear naturally!
Answer by celticreverie at 9:42 PM on Apr. 1, 2009