Moms-to-be feel so much excitement and anticipation as they await the birth of their child. But even though pregnancy is a time of joy, it can also be a time of anxiety and fear. Childbirth is no walk in the park, and it's only natural to be nervous about what your body is about to go through both during and after labor. Many women are curious about how their bodies will recover after the ordeal. If you've found yourself wondering what happens to your vagina after a vaginal birth, don't worry— it's probably not as bad as you think.
Although a woman's body is engineered to be able to give birth to a baby, I can't help but wonder if there isn't a bit of a design flaw there. Babies are, after all, way bigger than the opening they're supposed to come out of. Fortunately, women's bodies possess some pretty astonishing powers that make a vaginal birth possible. (And, thanks to modern medicine, they also have a safe alternative that helps women and babies survive when a vaginal birth just isn't possible.)
Here are five things that will probably be going on with your vagina after birth, and what you can do to deal with them.