The vagina naturally changes after giving birth, and may feel extensive, dry or sore for some time. Find out what to expect and ways you can help speed up recovery.
When you give birth, the baby passes through the cervix and out of the vagina (also known as the birth canal). Stretching should be done to allow the baby through the entrance of the vagina.
Sometimes the skin (perineum) between the vagina and anus can be torn or cut by a doctor or midwife to get the baby out. This is called an episiotomy.
After having a baby, it is not uncommon for women to feel that their vagina is more loose or dry than normal, and that there is pain or soreness during sex.
How to tighten your Virginia after childbirth?
You can do pelvic floor exercises anywhere and anytime by sitting or standing:
- Squeeze and pull in your anus at the same time, and pull your vagina up and down
- Do it immediately, tighten and release the muscle immediately
- Then do it slowly, holding the contraction as long as you can, but no more than 10 seconds before resting
- Repeat each exercise 10 times, 4 to 6 times a day
- You can find it helps to imagine that you are stopping a bowel movement, holding in a tampon or stopping yourself urinating.
You can exercise by queuing in the supermarket or watching TV.