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Stitches

If you’ve had stitches after tearing or an episiotomy, bathe the area often in clean warm water to help it heal. After bathing or having a shower, dry yourself carefully.

In the first few days, remember to sit down gently and it may be more comfortable to lay on your side rather than sit. Pelvic floor exercises can also help healing.

If the stitches are sore and uncomfortable, tell your midwife as they may be able to recommend treatment. Taking regular painkillers will also help. If you're breastfeeding, ibuprofen or paracetamol are safe to take providing you aren't allergic to them.

Usually stitches just dissolve by the time the cut or the tear has healed, but occasionally 1 or 2 have to be taken out. Talk to your midwife or GP if you are concerned.

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