Post-partum Stitches Are Still Sore?
, good morningrnI just gave birth normally it’s been 17 days but the stitches are open and it hurts a little when I walk or do activities.. I’ve asked the midwife but not the midwife where I gave birth, they just confirmed there is no problem with the stitches even though if I feel for open sutures, will the stitches open after delivery?
Hi Mariasulf, thanks for the question for HealthReplies.com
Normally, postnatal sutures will heal and close within 2-3 weeks if there are no certain complications. Depending on the thread used for suturing, if a non-absorbable thread is used, it will be necessary to remove the thread once the wound has closed. If absorbable sutures are used, the wound will close on its own and the sutures do not need to be removed.
If you really feel or see any part of the stitches that are open, then you should do a re-examination to your midwife or obstetrician. Sutures can open and not heal within 2 weeks if there is excessive stretching in the suture area (eg from moving too much, lifting heavy weights, or straining too hard during a bowel movement) or infection of the suture occurs.
Some things you can do in the meantime:
Keep the perineal area (your stitched area) clean, wash with water and dry well after every bowel and bladder
Clean the buttocks and pubic area from front to back after defecating
Do a sitz bath, which is soaking your genital area in warm water for 10-15 minutes 2 to 3 times a day to improve blood circulation to the suture area to accelerate healing and relieve pain.
Do not wash the vagina with certain herbs or traditional medicines, the suture area should also not need to be cleaned with betadine because it can actually slow down healing
That's all the information I can give, hopefully it's enough to answer
dr. Irna Cecilia