After the nine months of pregnancy through which you have experienced a lot of physical and emotional changes, you are finally blessed with a baby. Congratulations! Continue reading about 10 Simple Tips to Recover From Vaginal Birth Fast
You may have delivered your baby through a vaginal birth or a C-section – both have advantages and disadvantages.
But the “classic” vaginal delivery makes your body undergo even more changes. Just as your body needed months to prepare to give birth, it takes a time to recover and feel like you did before you were pregnant.
The first some weeks after the vaginal birth are very important for your body. While, your body tries to return to normal & recover from the changes during your pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
After the vaginal birth, it is important to focus on your healing and take care of your body as well as your newborn.
Here are the top 10 things about vaginal recovery that you need to know.
1. Take rest and sleep
Caring for a newborn is more than a full-time job, and new mothers often do not give much importance to rest and sleep.
Healing after childbirth takes time and, by resting and taking care of your body, you can speed up the process. Sleep is vital for your overall physical and emotional well-being, and it can also help you manage the responsibilities of the new maternity.
Always remember that the bed rest associated with a new mother’s responsibilities can cause anxiety and depression. Therefore, do your best to take short naps whenever possible.
If necessary, get extra support and sleep when your baby sleeps. Ask your partner to help you change diapers overnight so you can sleep well.
2. Use a Sitz bath
Pain after birth – the cramps you feel when your uterus shrinks to its regular size – is often unbearable.
However, with vaginal birth, chances are high that there are tears or episiotomies, which take longer to heal. Moreover, these tears are also painful.
It is important to keep your stitches clean. Even if you do not have sutures, the vulva is still likely to be swollen and tender.
To keep stitches clean and reduce pain and tenderness, it is recommended to use a sit-down bath. This type of bath will help keep your genital area clean and reduce the pain to a large extent.
- Try sitting in a seated bath filled with hot water, three times a day and after bowel movements.
- Also, after urinating, pour some warm water onto the genital area to reduce the pain.
- You can also soak a maxi cushion in witch hazel and wear it to help relieve the pain.
3. Use Ice Packs
A practice is frequent during hospital deliveries – the use of ice packs.
To reduce the swelling or pain around the opening of your vagina, ice packs are very useful. The coldness of the ice slice helps to numb the nerves, which reduces pain and swelling.
- Put water on a hygienic cushion and freeze it to use as a pack of ice.
- Let it thaw for a few minutes, then wrap the pad in a thin tissue before using it. You can also wear a diapered adult to avoid any dripping. Repeat 2 or 3 times a day.
- You can also wrap some ice cubes in a towel and place it against the painful area for 5 to 10 minutes. Do this a few times a day.
Note: Never leave an ice tray for more than 15 minutes. Also, have a protective layer of tissue between your sensitive skin and the ice pack.
4. Wear additional Maxi pads
No matter how you go, postpartum bleeding is normal. This type of bleeding is called lochia and can last from 2 to 6 weeks after birth.
The use of tampons is not recommended during this time because they can introduce bacteria into your healing womb. Instead, use additional buffers and use two at a time, if necessary. Additional coverage and coverage will help you a lot during this time.
To avoid an occasional overflow, you can even wear layers of mesh. These are readily available at the hospital and are readily available.
5. Do Kegel Exercises
For quick recovery after vaginal birth, it’s important to strengthen your pelvic muscles. This will help heal your perineum (the area between your vagina and rectum), which stretches and sometimes tears during vaginal delivery.
Practice Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic muscles after 1 to 2 weeks after childbirth. To practice this exercise:
- Squeeze the muscles which you utilize to stop the urine flow.
- Hold for 10 seconds, then release for 10 seconds.
- Repeat 10 to 15 times.
- These Kegel establish 2 or 3 times a day.
- Besides the Kegel exercises, you can do light exercises safely, such as walking and stretching in a week.
Note: When exercising, it is important to listen to your body and avoid exaggerating it.
6. Take care of all the points
All women do not need stitches after vaginal birth, but some may need them.
If you have stitches (most of them are dissolvable), it is important to keep them clean to avoid infection. Most stitches take up to 3 weeks to heal and dissolve by themselves.
- Use a bottle of cold water filled with hot water to clean your bottom after using the bathroom.
- Drink water to keep your urine diluted. This will make it less painful when urinating.
- Try using an inflatable ring on the toilet to pull the pressure out of your bottom when you sit down.
7. Handle Hemorrhoids
Post-delivery, whether it is a vaginal birth or a C-section, some women suffer from hemorrhoids, which show symptoms like swollen veins in the anus and rectum. Due to surrounding swollen tissues, intestinal movements can become very painful.
Some women even begin to avoid intestinal movements due to pain. In addition, it is not good to constipate when you have a curative episiotomy.
- To prevent bowel problems during the recovery of vaginal birth:
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Have whole grains and foods high in fiber.
- Drink lots of water and avoid coffee and soft drinks.
- You may need to ask your doctor for a stool softener until things are healed.
- You can also opt for a topical hemorrhoid cream.
8. Taking care of breast pain
After delivery, your breasts begin to produce milk for the feed you plan to breastfeed. It is better to breastfeed, as it benefits not only the newborn but also your healing.
During the initial phase, your breasts can become heavy and painful, and you may have trouble feeding your baby.
- Try feeding your baby or pumping often to prevent flooding and leakage.
- Use warm compresses to help milk drop and relieve waterlogging.
- Use ice bags to ease the pain.
- If your nipples are sore, make sure your baby locks properly.
- Wear a nursing bra with good support.
- Use pads to prevent leakage of milk.
9. Check for signs of infection
Any type of infection can delay the healing process and make things worse for a new mother.
After a vaginal birth, the most common points to develop an infection are in your stitches, your uterus and your bladder.
The first sign of an infection on the stitches increases the pain and a yellow or greenish thick discharge around the stitches.
The most obvious sign of an infection in the uterus is a severe or forgiven odor in the vaginal blood.
When it comes to a bladder infection, look for signs like a burning sensation during urine, a need to urinate more frequently and a sense of urgency.
If you notice any of these signs, see your doctor immediately.
10. Control Your Emotions
Women always feel emotional after a baby birth, and few times these emotions are not even positive!
The hormonal changes that occur in the body often have repercussions on the emotions. Even the responsibilities of a newborn can make you feel down, depressed or anxious.
If these symptoms are for a short time, there is nothing to fear.
But if you still feel depressed or down, even after 2 weeks of delivery, do not keep it. Talk to your doctor. You may be suffering from postpartum depression and treatment is available.