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Childbirth: Tearing From Front To Back?! Say It Taint True!

July 24, 2017 Updated March 16, 2020

Here’s what happens to your vagina during childbirth. Are you ready? Subscribe to Scary Mommy on YouTube. 

Madge the Vag cuts to the chase and sits down with Dr. Ruth Tessler, OB-GYN, to find out what happens to your vagina after baby.

WATCH: Tearing From Front to Back? Say It Taint True!

 

Your vagina is like human Spanx. It can stretch to accommodate your baby’s head and then go right back down to normal size. But like Spanx, stretching can take its toll.

Some women have to get an episiotomy. This is a surgical cut that helps to make the vaginal opening larger. If this is not done, some women can tear, and sometimes (but not often) women can tear from end to end. Sorry!

To prevent tearing and the need for an episiotomy, the doctor may perform a perineal massage. The OBGYN will massage the vagina to help increase the size. Sadly, it doesn’t always work.

What about your lips? Your labia should look the same after birth but they can tear, as well.

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