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Labour Lessons: 5 Things you need to know before getting an episiotomy

Reworld Media Asia 18/3/2017 Lim Han
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As the day approaches, all you soon-to-be mothers are bound to be more expectant than ever. In the tumultuous wave of emotions that lead up to the big day, you may be whirling in jubilee one moment and tossing in anxiety in the next. It doesn’t help that your gynae is beginning to walk you through the different medical aspects of the labour. One of them stands out in particular, and not in a pleasant way. We’re talking about the dreaded episiotomy – a surgical vaginal cut carried out during childbirth in order to ease the labour process.

Many mothers are trapped in the abysmal dilemma, engaging in countless internal debates on whether they should opt for it or not. But, before you rush to a decision, we believe it’s vital that you’re first made aware of five crucial things regarding this daunting procedure.

1. It could exacerbate tearing in the next birth

As appalling as it is, episiotomy may turn around and bite you in the bum. Although it’s supposed to prevent tearing, studies have shown that it may engender a more severe tearing in the next birth. Although it’s not the best news to hear, it’s vital that you’re aware of this fact.

2. The cut could extend further into the rectum

Let’s face it. The term “100% guaranteed” is never in the vocabulary of medical operations. There are always bound to be risks, some of which are particularly painful. The vaginal cut could succumb to the intense pressure during labour and widen, reaching the rectum. Ultimately, it’s up to you if you wish to take the gamble or not.

3. Painful urination may ensue

The recovery process isn’t all flowers and confetti, unfortunately. One of the worst parts of the process occurs when you have to answer nature’s call. Caused by the sensitivity of the episiotomy cut, the burning piercing sensation is an aspect of recovery you have to be prepared for. But, if you could survive the excruciating pains of labour, we’re sure you can endure this.

4. Urinary and fecal incontinence may occur

Pregnant mothers, you’ve all experienced the greater and more frequent urges to relieve yourself after conceiving. But this time, it’s different – it’s worse. Don’t be alarmed if you find a wet patch marking your bed in the morning or if you’re struggling to keep it all in until you reach the toilet seat – it’s all a part of the recovery process. But, we assure you that within three to six months, you’ll sauntering nonchalantly to the toilet.

5. The waiting period for postpartum intercourse is longer

With the vaginal cut, your feminine area will certainly take a longer time to heal, as compared to a natural vaginal tearing. This will extend the period of abstinence, before you can comfortably engage in intercourse with your partner again.

Childbirth certainly isn’t a walk in the park. But ultimately, whatever you choose, you can be certain that the ordeal will be more than worth it when you meet your little darling infant face-to-face.

Lim Han

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