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An episiotomy usually heals without problems and may be easier to repair than multiple tears.
You can resume normal activities shortly after the birth. The stitches are absorbed by the body and do not need to be removed. You can relieve pain and discomfort with medication and ice in the first 24 hours, followed by warm baths.
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