Quoting Smartass *TNTC*:" Im really surprised!!! I had a 4th degree episiotomy. I had a TON of stitches and never had any real pain from it. I highly recommend this numbing spray. "
Yeah, numbing spray is awesome. I had a container in the diaper bag as well as one in the bathroom at home.
OP- I felt sore for the whole 6 weeks. At my 6 week PP visit, the midwives told me I should have came in A LOT sooner. My stitches hadn't dissolved AND I was infected and had a severe allergic reaction to the stitches they used. They ended up numbing me AGAIN with those stupid needles and then had to remove the stitches.
If you don't begin feeling better at about 2-3 weeks PP, go see the midwife and have her take a quick look. I wish I'd had done that...