C-section does not spare you from vaginal discomfort!

If you thought a c-section might spare you the horror of dealing with vaginal discomfort, you might be completely wrong. Whether you have pushed your baby out or ended up in an operation theatre, you will notice slight swelling in your vagina post delivery. While the reason for this might be quite obvious if you had a vaginal birth, the case might not be the same with a c-section.

From hormonal fluctuations to pressure and the effects of moving your organs around, there a whole lot of things that can lead to a swollen vagina after a c-section.

1. Process of labour

If you had an elective c-section, the whole process of labour and the pressure associated with it might lead to a swollen vagina. The pressure caused due to the uterine contractions on the vagina and the cervix can all lead to a swollen vulva.

2. Blame it all on the hormones

All through your pregnancy, you might have heard your doctor say ‘it’s the hormones’. Well, the bad news is that this might continue even after your delivery. Your hormones might go haywire after delivery, leading to increased vaginal discharge, fullness or engorgement. However, this must settle down in a few weeks.

3. Effects of pushing

If you had a long labour and then ended up in a c-section, for other medical reasons, a big pat on your back mommies! One of the most frustrating things any woman might face during childbirth is making full cervix dilation and still not being able to deliver vaginally.  The forceful contractions and the pressure that comes with it can all lead to the vaginal tissues getting swollen.

4. When assisted vaginal delivery fails

If your doctor has used forceps or vacuum, which later turned out unsuccessful, it could lead to a vaginal swelling.  And if you have gone into an emergency c-section after all that drama, the recovery might take longer.

5. Pressure is the culprit

It’s not just a vaginal delivery that can lead to a swollen vagina. Even if you have had an elective c-section, the pressure on the uterus, the baby, the placenta and the amniotic fluid all collectively lead to a swollen vagina. You might also notice the darkening of tissues around the vagina and an increased vaginal discharge.

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