Is "Do NOT look!" the best postpartum vagina advice ever?

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“Is my vagina going to outlive?”

Together with having all the common considerations about giving beginning and changing into a first-time mother, that’s what one member of the BabyCenter Neighborhood has on her thoughts. The excellent news is the consensus appears to be “Sure, it should,” but in addition, “Don’t look!”

In line with many, with regards to the postpartum vulva, getting a visible is ill-advised.

“Don’t take a look at it for a very long time!” commenter JLM1411 hilariously defined. She then elaborated, “As my sister says, ‘It can look stunned to see you.’ I didn’t look, however I felt it in the bathe after beginning and it felt like if I used to be blind and feeling Sloth’s face from the Goonies.”

Goonies Sloth mask

Ha ha ha ha ha…oh, my. I don’t know if I’m laughing more durable at the “stunned” bit or the Goonies reference, however both manner these are robust visuals — and I can relate.

For me, I recall issues felt…meatier than earlier than. There gave the impression to be a complete lot of swollen labia the place earlier than there hadn’t been a noticeable quantity. Mix that with some sharp bits courtesy of my episiotomy stitches, and the visible I obtained was near this man’s mouth.


After a quick exploration I, too, determined trying wasn’t vital, and I held off a couple of extra weeks earlier than daring to see what form issues have been in once more.

A number of others weigh in on to look, or to not look…

“I’ll agree with others, DO NOT LOOK after you give beginning. Give it the 6 weeks. I checked out couple weeks after my second was born. It freaked me out tremendously. OB assured me it was regular. At 6 weeks every part seems to be again to regular. Intercourse is just about the identical. Kegels assist maintain issues robust. It’s all good!”

“I appeared.. however I additionally watched the complete time I used to be pushing him out. Possibly i’m bizarre lol.”

“Nooooppe nope nope. I belief that my midwife did job stitching me up. I’m 5w pp proper now and nonetheless haven’t appeared. Some issues I simply don’t need to see. It’ll be superb finally. I’ll look then.”

“I watched his head come out of there…I’m not in search of awhile lol that was gory sufficient for me.”

For what it’s price I don’t imagine taking a look at your postpartum vulva needs to be traumatizing. However that being stated, should you don’t know what to anticipate the sight is usually a bit stunning. Nonetheless, as the others have stated, give it a while for the swelling to go down and therapeutic to happen, and odds are you’ll be simply superb.

Photographs by way of Amazon, Wikimedia Commons and iStock

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