No matter how much I read or what I was taught in my prenatal classes, I was in no way prepared for the kind of care my private parts would require after childbirth. Yes, I was aware that there would be blood and tenderness, and they may even need to cut me down there. But until you've gone through it, the gravity of the situation is difficult to grasp. Thank goodness for the caring nurses and midwives who are there to thoroughly explain how to take care of your vagina after giving birth.
With my first child, I could barely sit on the toilet after delivery. Everything felt swollen and sore, and I was afraid that it would hurt too much to pee. There was so much blood in the toilet when I finally sat down, that I was sure my episiotomy stitches had torn open. With a great amount of patience, my nurse showed me all of the supplies in the bathroom that were there to keep me clean and help me get some much needed relief during my recovery. She explained each item in detail, and soon I was beginning to feel like myself again.
Even though you, too, will probably have a great nurse or midwife to help you out after childbirth, you should check out this quick guide on taking care of your vagina after giving birth.