How to recover quickly from vaginal birth
Pain after childbirth is common, especially in the case of tear during childbirth. Most women wonder how to cope with this pain and recover naturally.
- Prepare to bleed after childbirth
Your blood volume almost doubles during pregnancy. Your body is getting rid of that extra blood within weeks of your baby being born. So expect vaginal bleeding after birth. But don’t use tampons. They can interfere with healing. Instead, use ultra absorbent towels until bleeding disappears, which usually lasts between 2 and 6 weeks.
Check with your doctor if your bleeding doesn’t diminish, if the blood continues to have a bright red color or contains large clots.
- Take a seat bath
Postpartum pain (cramps you feel when your womb shrinks to its normal size) is often unbearable. With vaginal birth, the risks of tear and episiotomy are high, and they take longer to heal. Also, they are also painful.
Keeping your stitches clean is important. Even if you don’t have sutures, the vulva is still likely to be swollen and tender. To keep stitches clean and reduce pain and sensitivity, a seat bath is recommended. This type of bath will help keep your genital area clean and reduce pain to a large extent.
Try to sit in a bath full of hot water, three times a day and after saddles. Also, after urinating, pour hot water onto the genital area to reduce pain.
- Use ice packs
Frequent practice during hospital births is the use of ice packs. To reduce swelling or pain around opening your vagina, ice packs are very helpful. Ice coldness helps numb the nerves, reducing pain and swelling.
Put water in a clean plastic bag and freeze it to use as a packet of ice. Let defrost for a few minutes, then wrap the bag in a thin cloth before using it. You can also wear an adult diaper to avoid draining. Repeat 2 times a day.
You can also wrap ice cubes in a towel and place it against the painful area for 5 to 10 minutes. Do it a few times a day. Never leave the ice cubes for more than 15 minutes. Additionally, have a protective layer of cloth between your sensitive skin and ice.
- Do Kegel’s 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 extends and sometimes tear up during vaginal birth.
Practice Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic muscles after 1 weeks after childbirth.
- Relieve your breast pain
After childbirth, your breasts start producing milk. Breastfeeding is best because it benefits not only the newborn baby but your body too
At first, your boobs can get heavy and painful, and you’ll have difficulty feeding your baby. Try feeding your baby or extracting milk often to avoid pains and leaks.
Use hot compresses to let milk flow and relieve engorgement. If your nipples are painful, make sure your baby places properly. Use bags of ice to ease the pain. Wear a strong breastfeeding bra. Use pads to avoid milk leaks.
- Take care of all stitches
Not every woman needs stitches after vaginal birth, but some may need it. If you have stitches (most of them are insolvent), it’s important to keep them clean to avoid infection. Most stitches take up to 3 weeks to heal and disappear.
Use a bottle filled with hot water to clean your private parts after using the bathroom. Drink water to keep urine diluted. This will reduce the pain by urinating. Try using a bouncy ring on the toilet to pull the pressure out of your butt when you sit down.
- Check the 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 sensitive places to develop an infection are your stitches, your womb and your bladder.
The first sign of stitches infection increases pain and thick yellow or greenish flow around stitches. The most obvious sign of an infection in the womb is a serious odor or mixed with vaginal blood.
When it comes to a bladder infection, look for signs like a burning feeling in the urine, a need to urinate more frequently, and a sense of urgency. If you notice any of these signs, consult your doctor immediately.
- Take some rest and sleep
Taking care of a newborn baby is more than a full-time job, and new moms often don’t give much emphasis to rest and sleep.
Postpartum healing takes time and, by resting and taking care of your body, you can speed up the process. Sleep is vital for your physical and emotional well-being and can also help you manage the responsibilities of new motherhood.
Always remember bed rest associated with a new mother’s responsibilities can cause anxiety and depression. Therefore, try your best to take short naps if possible. If necessary, ask for extra support and sleep when your baby is sleeping. Ask your partner to help you change diapers overnight so you can sleep well.
- Control your emotions
Women are always emotional after a baby is born, and very often these emotions aren’t even positive! Hormonal changes that happen in the body often affect emotions. Even the responsibilities of a newborn baby can make you depressed or be anxious.
If these symptoms are for a short period of time, there is nothing to fear. But if you still feel depressed even after 2 weeks of childbirth, don’t shut up, talk to your doctor. You may suffer from postpartum depression and treatment is available.