Vaginas. They’re beautiful and magical and they serve as the exit door for many pregnancies. They can stretch to astoundingly wide lengths, then retract back to their original size. However, while they're fully capable of squeezing out entire human babies, they don’t always feel that great afterwards. In fact, pushing an infant out of them hurts., and that hurt sticks around for a while. Actually, there are lots of things your vagina will feel like postpartum, and none of them are what I would describe as "good."
I feel like most people don’t talk enough about all the bodily changes you experience after you have a baby. I mean, sure, people talk about stretch marks, but I can't help but wonder if that conversation was just artificially created by cocoa butter companies. Either way, we don’t really talk much about how our vulvas and vaginas feel right after having a vaginal birth.
Some moms have it a bit "easier," if their baby was born on the smaller or average size, and if they were in a good position for birthing without tearing. The rest of us, however, have given birth to rather large babies (mine was nearly 10 lbs), and no, my vagina did not feel like a happy and welcoming place for a good damn while. So if you're preparing to meet your little one and want to know what you're in for, here's how your vagina will feel post-baby: