This is why 6 weeks is NOT a magic number for return to running or fitness postpartum. Episiotomies are often akin to 2nd degree tears in a muscle (which are generally given 2-3 months to heal in sports medicine) but for some reason all our knowledge orthopedics and sports medicine just goes out the door when we’re talking about pelvic floor muscles. Repost from @mamastrut: Ok mamas, lets talk about perineal tears! It’s a conversation that doesn’t happen enough even though it happens to over half of vaginal delivering mothers. The severity of muscle tearing for women during childbirth can exceed injuries that many consider debilitating. It is just like a sports injury and needs to be treated like one!