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Granulation tissue and other things no one told you before you had a baby...

Updated on October 19, 2009
Before baby body
Before baby body

Post baby body

 The joy of motherhood outweighs anything negative, but I still wish I would have been told what exactly I would experience during the weeks and months after giving birth to my now four month old daughter.  Sure we are told that you will be sore and sex for the first time may be uncomfortable and your breasts will become swollen, but no one provides you with details.  So here they are, the things I found out about my post baby body only after having my baby.

1. Granulation Tissue - I had never heard of granulation tissue, had no idea what it meant, until my first doctors appointment after vaginally delivering Olivia.  My doctor bluntly told me I had granulation tissue, that it may heal in time or I might have to have a special procedure to remove it.  Oh, and to make it even scarier, he said I would probably bleed if I had sex, but he gave me the go ahead to try.  Panic, that is what I felt when I left that appointment.  I already feared the worst after vaginally delivering a 10 pound 7 ounce baby...I couldn't even imagine what may have occurred below the belt!  Now I was just told I had granulation tissue, but never really explained what it was.  When I got home I searched and searched the internet for more information, for another mother who may have encountered this...but found next to nothing.  I explained to my husband what the doctor had told me and vowed to attempt sex with him that night, just so I could at least face my fear.  Of course it hurt horribly!  But no one told me that is normal.  Several attempts later I was back on my game, granulation tissue and all :)

I now know that granulation tissue is basically the bodies way of overhealing a wound.  It is connective tissue that healed over my vaginal wound.  But it did not play a part in my recovery long term and it went away on its own.  I just hope that if there is another mother out there searching in the internet fearing the worst they can see that it will be okay.

2. Breastfeeding boobs - We all have our opinions on breastfeeding or not breastfeeding.  I had decided early on in my pregnancy to attempt breastfeeding even for just a month.  A month turned into 4 months.  For those four months I had perky fabulous breasts, like never before.  When I decided to stop breastfeeding I knew the process would not be comfortable.  I used all the old tricks, pump a little out, cabbage leaves in my bra, etc.  And they worked, my breastmilk had dried up within a couple of weeks.  But I was left with saggy tiny little boobs.  No one told me they would be smaller then they were before I had a baby and just plain flat.  I've heard that they may perk up a little later, I'm holding out for that.

3. Acne - Ugh, I haven't had acne since I was 14 years old.  And my skin never looked more beautiful when I was pregnant.  Sure enough about a week after giving birth to Olivia I broke out.  And do to the hormonal fluctuations I have contineously broken out for 4 months!

4. Weight loss - I was definitely one of the lucky ones who easily lost the 30 pounds of weight I put on during my pregnancy.  Every woman worries about losing the weight, but they don't think about the actually physical changes to their shape after having a baby.  I may have lost the weight, but my clothes don't fit the same.  Along with flat pancake breasts my waistline is thicker and my hips stick out further.  And my butt just isn't as round and fabulous as it once was.

All in all motherhood has been a wonderful change in my life.  I just know that my body will never be quite the same...but it was all worth it!


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      Carol 2 years ago

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience. Currently I'm going through this and I have been so stressed out. The granulation tissue is still there even after having that silver nitrate treatment. My lo is 3 months,i haven't tried to sex yet but after reading this i now have the courage to try it. Otherwise I'll just wait for the tissue to go away on it's own.

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      Katie 3 years ago

      Thanks for your post. Just had small granulation removed today at my 6 week follow up. The procedure included cutting off the tissue and silver nitrate. It was a slightly painful and I am definitely experiencing some discomfort. Follow up schedule in 4 weeks. Hopefully it will be all set. Also I only had a small tear requiring one stitch.

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      4 years ago

      Thanks for your post. My daughter is 4 months old and I had vaginal birth with 3rd degree cut. The doctor has tried everything on the granulation tissue but no luck. It is still there. She cut off the excess, applied silver nitrate, gave me estrogen cream and finally told me that I would have a surgery to remove it. The surgery will be similar to a 2nd degree cut. I am very scared. But now I feel so much better after reading this post and will wait for the tissue to heal on its own. Thanks so much.

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      Ezra 4 years ago

      Same problem, great post!,, I was thinking exactly the same thing that how come everyone's totally fails to mention the postpartum recovery granular issue etc. I had a third degree (8sticthes) to extremely painful after a week and I started bleeding more, called in doctors office for appointment. They weren't even letting me see the midwife saying u had a normal vaginal delivery!

      Turns out that my stitches were ripped apart (God knows how). I went in for restricting after three days , during my follow up the doc said my stitches were healing weird i.e inside out. I went for follow up on that and the doc said I had granular tissue and she did the treatment by burning it(extremely painful for like an hour). I went for a follow up on that and she said I had a whole lot of granular tissue and sex will be extremely painful , I was still bleeding at 8weeks pp and according to my Ob-gyn it was the tissue bleeding and not from uterus!! So she repeated the treatment, and I am supposed to go for next checkup this week! She was pretty hopeful that it will be one since it has been healing well since she burned it. Lets see:o I hope this detail adds to ur explanation and helps whoever is looking for more info about postpartum granular tissue etc.

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      Melissa 4 years ago

      Thank you for a real woman's perspective. My son is 4 months and i have major granulation tissue. Like you, I had never heard of it and the doctor just said it very plainly. I have been searching for weeks online and It felt so good to read this post! Thank you so much!

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      Jen 4 years ago

      Thank you! I have granulation tissue too that made it painful and slight bleeding to sit and breastfeed for the first 7 wks until my OB appt, when she put something on it that healed it. Very nervous about having sex, and a little upset that despite my calls to the OB office and going to another doc that was avaialable, they didn't fix it sooner. All good now though down there, and putting off sex for now but good to hear there's hope and I just need to try it once the spot heals a bit more. Thanks for posting!

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      Michelle 4 years ago

      I just want to say Thank You for posting your experience! I am in the same boat you were in and have been dreading the possibilities of have the tissue cut after everything I just went through. I gave birth without any meds and at my 6 week postpartum checkup I was fine, but sometime after that I apparently developed granulation tissue ( 17 weeks postpartum is when it was discovered). I'm hoping it will heal on it's own like yours did. I'm just ready to be back to normal. Your post has helped me in many ways. Again THANKS!

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      Rachel 4 years ago

      I had my baby 3 months ago and still dealing with the granulation tissue. My doctor tried the silver nitrate stick but that didn't help so today I had to get it taken off. It was a pretty simple procedure. I got a shot that numbed the area, my doctor took it off and stitched it back up. Hoping it recovers the right way this time. The procedure was scary at first but ended up not being too bad at all.

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      Elizabeth 5 years ago

      I'm one of those mothers searching for answers! At the 4-month mark here and headed to the doctor with untreated granulation tissue. Grosses me out! But glad to hear that life goes on.

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for the advice on granulation tissue

      Also have it due to bad infections post delivery 5 months ago

      Terrified of having sex again ....

      Was advised to have it removed if pain persists but will wait and see what happens.....

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      Michelle 5 years ago

      Very helpful thanks. I'm just wondering how long it took for the granulation tissue to go away. I have been treated with silver nitrate twice and it's still there 11 weeks after his birth. Thanks!

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      Sam 6 years ago

      Thanks for the post about granulation tissue - just found out I have some down there and was worried. I have to get it removed at some point, but at least I know what it is now! I've had sex a few times and it's been uncomfortable but not painful. Doc said once I get the tissue removed it should help with the discomfort.

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      Christina  6 years ago

      Glad to have found this page. I have granulation tissue as well. The RN actually put a nitroglicerin stick on it and burned it to help it go away.

      I haven't had sex yet, because i am too scared!! I do feel better after reading your post.

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      Alice T 7 years ago

      Hi, thanks so much for this especially the part for granulation tissue. Its been 4 months since baby was born, bled twice when we tried the sex plus it was so very painful so we gave up after doc said i have granulation tissue. Its reassuring to know it will go away and that i should try again but am so scared!!!