Quoting Melissa Grace:" how was taring to your butt?? painful? how was the healing? that soudns horrible lol can you like take ah dump? LOL that sounds like such ah sensative area. "
Okay - so I had a 4th degree tear (which means through muscle) into my rectal muscle. It took about 2 hrs to stitch me up - I have no idea the actual number of stitches, but it was over 200. That is all I recall for accuracy there. I had lots of pain - and a year after the fact they finally confirmed what I had long suspected whcih was that I also broke my tailbone. I ttook me 8 weeks to be able to sleep in my own bed because I couldn't even do stairs. So it's hard to say. Breaking your tailbone is a SOB - and I couldn't tell WTF felt so bad down there - it allllll felt horrible for quite a while. With #2 - same length of labor, but larger baby & right after birth I felt pretty great other than some 'rhoids. Seriously. Like I felt fine to care for him & my 3 yr old & myself just fine. In fact I told Dh he could go back to work earlier than he planned (he just started a new job). He took time off because it was so rough after #1, he wanted to be able to help me, turned out I felt awesome. Like I felt better the SAME day I gave birth than I did the weeks before I went into labor - because I wasn't hauling a big belly around anymore & could bend over easily, etc. LOL So yeah - I was up & down & in & around the same day & ready to get teh hell out ASAP - I wasn't even there 25 hs after. The minimum they like is 24 & I was counting minutes with bags packed ready to go home.