I was very blessed to have had minimal tearing when giving birth to Nate. Prior to his delivery, I’d heard so many negative horror stories from friends and on social media about tearing and prepared myself for the worst. I delivered him vaginally, reclined on my back (this is typical if you’ve had an epidural) and pushed for a little over an hour. Since I was completely numb below my waist I had no idea if I was tearing while I was pushing. You can imagine how shocked I was to find out I only had a few small cosmetic ones. You’ll recall in Nate’s birth story that I’d asked how bad my tears were and my OB was hesitant to even describe them as first degree.