Post-partum sutures

The pain and discomfort women feel after an episiotomy or a vaginal or perineal tear varies. Some women experience little to no complaints, while other have considerable pain and discomfort. The wound is, after all, located in an area that you will feel it whether you sit, lie down or walk.

Pain and swelling

The pubic area and vagina may be painfully swollen in the first few days after childbirth.

  • Applying a cold pack in the first 24 hours can help to reduce swelling and ease discomfort.
  • You can also request a painkiller if you are experiencing pain.


  • After urinating and each bowel movement, rinse your sutures with clean water.
  • Regularly change your maternity dressings.
  • From postpartum day 3, soaking in a warm sitz bath can be really soothing. Remember to thoroughly, but gently, dry your sutures to avoid an infection.


The midwife will monitor how the wound is healing on a daily basis. You will need additional care if your wound displays any abnormal changes in appearance or discharge.

A red incision that feels hot, irritated and painful indicates an infection. In this case, you will usually feel feverish and unwell. The doctor may prescribe disinfectant baths or antibiotics for you.


Last edit: 25 August 2021