Perineum pain: The WORST part
Ouch! I've got perineal bruising, bigtime. And it's my job as the resident "TMI" blogger to describe to you a few things about a so-called 'natural' birth:
- What is the perineum? It's the part between your vaginal opening and your anus. I had no idea.
- What is perineal bruising? It's pressure brought on by pushing a baby out, and (if my body is any indication, and if the post-partum nurse from Legacy is right) often it doesn't really start hurting until days after the birth. Something about nerve endings being bent. Who knows. I'm not sure how long it lasts -- thoughts?
- What does it feel like? Well, it hurts to sit. And lie down. And climb stairs. And bend over. Hopscotch? Oh. Oww. EEEeeeee! (Yes, I tried to hopscotch. What was I thinking?) Basically, it feels very similar to tailbone pain -- a condition I'm all-too familiar with, having suffered it occasionally during pregnancy with both Monroe and Truman. It hurts to change diapers, nurse, and walk around the house.
- What do you do? Other than the doctor-ordered ibuprofen (which I'm taking a little more frequently-than-prescribed), baths, with herbs. Both Midwifery Today and eHow have lists of herbs -- I just sent Jonathan to Limbo for calendula flowers, comfrey root, rosemary, witch hazel, and yarrow flowers. We already have myrrh, which I'll add. Essentially, you steep a two-cup tea of a "handful" of each herb for 30 minutes, then add to a sitz bath, a regular bath, or dilute by half and put in your squirt bottle. I'll let you know how it works!
I'd love to hear wisdom on perineal bruising, or just commiseration... you guys are great for that!