Giving birth to a newborn baby marks the existence of a new you. Your body will naturally change both physically and emotionally after childbirth. Many of these changes will occur in the first few weeks also known as postpartum. This phase is so crucial. It is a time of hormonal change and emotional conformation. Some of the changes would allow you to restore your previous state prior to the pregnancy and other changes would also allow you to develop the maternal instinct of caring and loving your new born. At this point one of the main concern is genital care after giving birth.
For some women however, the first few weeks after childbirth can be stressful. It could mean sleepless nights and days of painful encounters while waiting for the wound caused by vaginal childbirth to heal.
Among the physical changes notable after childbirth is pain in various parts of the body like in the perineum. Perineum is the area between the vagina and the anus which stretches and thins during childbirth to facilitate the delivery of the infant. After giving birth, most women, even those who did not show signs of perineum damage may experience perennial pain. The soreness in the perineum usually happens in the first few weeks after childbirth.
There are also women who went through what you call episiotomy or a surgical incision during childbirth. Caregivers may make an episiotomy, an incision or cut between the perineum area in order to give way to the infant during delivery. Others also experience a discharge coming from the vagina otherwise known as “lochia” that could last for up to six weeks from delivery. The perineum area requires intensive post-partum perennial care to avoid infection and to decrease the pain that might arise due to childbirth.
Here are some noteworthy essential post-partum perennial care tips:
Keep It Cool:
In case of vaginal soreness or swelling due to laceration in the perineum area or an episiotomy, apply a wrapped ice pack on the area. Keeping it cool decreases the pain and swelling. It can also keep you at ease.
Keep It Clean:
It is very important to keep the perineum area clean. Take a bath each day and dry the area with a clean, dry and soft towel. Keeping the area clean and dry reduces the risks of infection.
In case of vaginal discharge, change your sanitary pad regularly to keep it clean and dry. Use sanitary napkins instead of tampons to reduce the risk of infection.
Keep Yourself Comfortable:
When lying down, elevate your pelvis by putting a cushion or pillow under it. When sitting down, avoid a position wherein you would spread your legs. Keep your legs and buttocks together to avoid the stretching of your bottoms.
Keep Your Pelvic Muscles Strong:
Do pelvic exercises such as the Kegel exercise. This type of exercise can help tone up the pelvic muscles. It can be done by holding your pelvic muscles as you breathe in and release it after a few seconds.
Keep Track Of Possible Infections:
If the pain becomes more intense and the swelling continuous or there is a discharge that produces a very strong odor. You should seek immediate medical intervention.
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