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Immediately after vaginal birth, there is a lot of care for your lady bits that may not be expected if this is your first time having a baby. I was clueless to the aftermath, and I wish I researched some proper care techniques before being completely reliant on the nurses to advise me. Three babies later, I’ve had some experience healing and caring for that area. It isn’t fun, but there are some ways you can make things feel better and heal faster.
First, Take All The Things From The Hospital:
Sure, you can grab some extra squirt bottles, Witch Hazel pads and Dermoplast prior to giving birth, because you will need lots of it, but you can get most of it from the hospital, or birthing center. I took cans of Dermoplast, two squirt bottles, extra hospital undies (don’t wear real underwear, it will most likely get ruined), witch hazel pads, nipple cream and pads. They were happy to send me home with a good stash, and you need all of this! By taking some home, you will have lots of extra, which in the postpartum life, having to go to the store with a new baby because you are out of something like pads is just not fun.
How To Make Vag Pads:
That’s what I call them. These are your first step in care. You want to make these little miracle pads, and change them often. Especially in the beginning, when you will be bleeding more. I changed mine every time I went to the bathroom, which is quite a lot for me because I drink a lot of water.
First, get your super absorbent pad ready
Second, line your pad with the Witch Hazel soothing pads that are soaked in Witch Hazel. They come in circles, line at least three circles on the bottom of the pad, then stack two more on top.
Sit over the toilet and spray your lady area with warm water. The warm water felt good to me, so hopefully it will you. Depending if you have stitches or not, it can be painful.
Next, I let myself air dry a bit. You know, just scrolling Pinterest or watching the baby lay on a blanket in the bathroom. True story.
Then, I spray liberally with the Dermoplast all over.
Place your fresh pad in your hospital undies and keep on moving!
Wellness Mama has an awesome recipe for a Postpartum Soothing spray that involves Frankincense Essential oil. I personally has very happy with my Dermoplast, but this recipe is far more natural, and I’ve heard wonderful things on using essential oils for healing.
How To Take a Postpartum Sitz Bath:
I did this a few times with my first and second recoveries. By the third baby, there was and is no time for baths. I am also not a bath person, so it wasn’t in my nature to soak, but it is wonderful for healing, and if you need some extra care because of a large baby, or some heaving tearing and stitches, this is great. You want to make sure that your doctor or midwife okay the sitz bath before you embark.
First, make sure your bath tub is super clean. Have someone wipe it down for you, or have it cleaned when you are super close to your due date.
Second, fill it with warm water. I found warm water to be soothing, you could do cool if that is better for you. Either way, it needs to be filled with enough water to soak down there.
Third, pour in some Epsom salts and lavender essential oil. I found this one that had both combined in one. You can get it at Target or Amazon. Lavender can have an antibacterial and anti fungal effect, the Epsom salts are soothing, promote healing and cleaning the area. They can also help dissolve stitches. Tea Tree oil is also antibacterial, so you could try that one too.
By taking the extra step of the bath, you can promote your healing and aid your body in doing its job. The other way to promote faster healing postpartum is through nutrition and diet.
Eating The Right Foods To Encourage Healing:
I have a post on the 5 most healing foods for postpartum recovery. These foods have specific nutrients, vitamins and minerals in them to help your body repair itself and recover. You can read that post here, and in my program, I go over the 20 most healing foods, so you can fully infuse your body with the right nourishment to thrive and heal.
Nourishing the body, so it has the building blocks of what it needs to function properly and optimally is super helpful to healing faster, producing a healthy milk supply and putting your body back together postpartum. If you need help losing the baby weight, putting your core back together, finding your pelvic floor and figuring out what the heck to do after having a baby, this is the program for you!
If you need help losing the baby weight and keeping up your milk supply, I have a very popular program, The Postpartum Cure, which comes in an app you can download.