10 Things about Vaginal Birth Recovery You Need to Know

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10 Things about Vaginal Birth Recovery You Need to Know

After nine months of pregnancy during which you experienced a lot of physical and emotional changes, you are finally blessed with a baby. Congratulations!

After vaginal birth, it is important to focus on your healing and taking care of your body as well as your newborn.

1. Get Proper Rest and Sleep

Looking after a newborn is more than a full-time job, and new mothers often do not give much importance to rest and sleep.

If needed, get extra support and sleep when your baby sleeps. Ask your partner to help with diaper changing duty at night so that you can get good sleep.

2. Use a Sitz Bath

Afterbirth pain – the cramping you feel as your uterus shrinks back to its regular size – is often unbearable.

Try sitting in a sitz bath filled with warm water, three times a day and after bowel movements.

Also, after urinating, pour a little warm water over the genital area to reduce the pain. You can also soak a maxipad in witch hazel and wear it to help ease pain.

3. Use Ice Packs

One practice is common during hospital births – use of ice packs. To reduce the swelling or pain around the opening of your vagina, ice packs are very helpful.

Put water on a sanitary pad and freeze it to use as an ice pack. Repeat 2 or 3 times a day.

You can also wrap a few ice cubes in a towel and place it against the aching area for 5 to 10 minutes. Do this a few times a day.

Note: Never leave an ice pack on for longer than 15 minutes. Also, have a protective layer of fabric between your sensitive skin and the ice pack.

4. Wear Extra Maxi Pads

No matter how you give birth, postpartum bleeding is normal. This type of bleeding is called lochia and can last from 2 to 6 weeks after birth.

Using tampons is not recommended during this time, as they can introduce bacteria into your healing uterus.

To prevent occasional overflow, you can even wear mesh undies. These are readily available in the hospital and are easily disposable.

5. Do Kegel Exercises

For quick recovery after vaginal birth, it’s important to strengthen your pelvic muscles.

Practice Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic muscles after 1 to 2 weeks post-delivery. To do this exercise: Squeeze the muscles you use to stop the flow of urine.

Hold for 10 seconds, then release for 10 seconds. Repeat 10 to 15 times. Do these Kegel sets 2 or 3 times a day.

6. Take Care of Any Stitches

Not all women need stitches after a vaginal birth, but some may need them.

Most stitches take up to 3 weeks to heal and will dissolve on their own. Use a squirt bottle filled with warm water to clean your bottom after using the washroom.

Drink enough water to keep your urine diluted. This will make it less painful while urinating.

Try using an inflatable ring on the toilet to take the pressure off your bottom when you sit.

7. Handle Hemorrhoids

Post-delivery, whether it is a vaginal birth or C-section, some women experience hemorrhoids, which have symptoms like swollen veins in and around the anus and rectum.

Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Have whole grains and foods rich in fiber. Drink plenty of water and avoid coffee and carbonated beverages.

You may need to ask your doctor for a stool softener until things heal up. You can also opt for a topical hemorrhoid cream.

8. Take Care of Breast Soreness

After delivery, your breasts start producing milk for feeding, irrespective of whether you plan to breastfeed. It is best to breastfeed, as it not only benefits the newborn baby but also helps your recovery.

During the initial stage, your breasts may become heavy and sore, and you may find it difficult to feed your baby. Try to feed your baby or pump often to prevent engorgement and leaking.

If your nipples are sore, make sure your baby is latching on properly. Wear a nursing bra with good support. Use breast pads to prevent milk leakage.

9. Check for Signs of Infection

Any kind of infection can delay the healing process and make things worse for a new mother.

The first sign of an infection on the stitches is increased pain and a thick yellow or greenish discharge from around the stitches.

The most obvious sign of an infection in the uterus is a foul or rotten odor in the vaginal blood.

10. Handle Your Emotions

Women feel emotional after the birth of a baby, and sometimes these emotions are not even positive!

But if you are still feeling depressed or low even after 2 weeks of delivery, don’t keep it to yourself. Talk with your doctor. You may be suffering from postpartum depression, and treatment is available.

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Callisy Edita says:

After giving birth, women often feel emotional. Sometimes these emotions aren’t even positive. The changes of hormone in the body often affect your emotions. Besides, the responsibilities of a newborn baby also make you feel down, anxious or depressed. If these symptoms last for a long time, talk with your doctor immediately. Your doctor will help you to find the best treatment. Well, I was taught about the ice pack trick in Bio tex I hope it will help someone else here. Ice packs are highly beneficial to decrease the pain and swelling around the opening of the vagina. Particularly, the coldness from it can help to numb the nerves, thus soothing the pain and swelling. For this remedy, take a sanitary pad and put water on it. Freeze it and use it as an ice pack. Leave it to thaw for a few minutes and wrap the pad in one thin fabric prior to using it. To avoid any dripping, wear an adult diaper. It is suggested to repeat the process twice or thrice a day.  Alternatively, take several ice cubes and wrap them in a towel. Then, place it against your itching area for five to ten minutes. Follow this process a couple of times a day.

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the voice tho …so annoying

Trin Murray says:

I don't remember going through any of this. I know it was sore but not THAT bad. I didn't tear though. I had small tears that didn't need stitches. I had a very good doctor who held the skin and I was very lucky.
I also had a weird problem about a year before I got pregnant. I had burning skin on my taint for months. It would go away and then come back. The doctors even did a biopsy and couldn't figure out what it was. Maybe I built up scar tissue there?
Anyway if anyone else goes through is I just wanted to say that it should clear up. I can't be the only person to go through this.
I am not sure what cleared it up but I stopped using soap down there for awhile. Maybe that helped? So I guess I would say if anyone goes through this try changing soap or not using any for awhile. It was really painful and I was so depressed and scared it would never stop.

Jessica Carraway says:

how can I get proper rest and sleep I just had a newborn…

Diamond bliss says:

Gave birth 3 days under 9 pound no tearing took evening primrose oil both orally and vaginally it really help.

Philesha Brown says:

Very helpful information. My baby father helps me a lot when he's not at work.

Ritu Gurung says:

Men just want sex no matter what women os going through but happy for mothers but i m afraid of being a mother in future

Raj Chaudhary says:

delivery is normal.

Malcolm Xaiver says:

I have stitches after vaginal birth. the only way i can pee is in the bath otherwise its too painful.

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