But you may be wondering how the healing happens in the days and weeks following your labor and delivery.
Your body has a great healing process it goes through after labor and delivery but that doesn’t mean you won’t be sore from the ordeal.
Here are three ways to help with the healing process after you have delivered your baby vaginally.
1. Vaginal Soreness And Bleeding
After delivery, you’ll most likely be sore — and if you tore any during the delivery and required stitches, then you’ll definitely be feeling some sort of discomfort while your body goes through the healing process.
To help with vaginal soreness you can either soak a maxi pad in some Witch Hazel solution or you can soak some gauze pads in Witch Hazel and lay them on top of the maxi pad. Try both ways and stick with the one that feels best for you.
The Witch Hazel works as an anti-inflammatory and will help soothe and comfort the tender skin down below.
As for the vaginal bleeding after delivery, expect to keep maxi pads close at hand. The bleeding after your delivery can last anywhere from two to six weeks depending on the amount of blood your body produced during your pregnancy.
Your blood volume just about doubles during pregnancy and it must get expelled after your baby has been delivered, that’s why there’s weeks of bleeding after your baby is born.
However, every situation is different. Therefore, you may get lucky and only bleed for a few weeks following the delivery or you may go on bleeding for a little while longer.
Regardless of the amount of time your vaginal bleeding continues for, do not use tampons during the healing process as they could aggravate your situation and interfere with stitches. Let the maxi pads handle any vaginal bleeding following your labor and delivery.
2. Sore Breasts
Your hormones are what will be triggering your breasts to express milk in order to feed your baby.
If you choose to breastfeed, you may experience dry, cracked nipples and also leaking in between feedings.
To help alleviate any engorgement and leaking, nurse often and pump in between feedings. You can also wear nursing pads to catch the excess milk.
If you choose not to breastfeed, then wearing a comfortable and supportive bra will help take away the discomfort from your enlarged breasts. Pumping isn’t recommended if you’re choosing not to breastfeed as it will send signals to your body to continue producing milk.
Not all women experience hemorrhoids after their labor and delivery, but for those that do, it’s no fun.
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in or near the anus and rectum.
They can make having a bowel movement painful and very discomforting.
To help ease the pain and swelling of hemorrhoids after your delivery, soak in a warm tub frequently and apply gauze pads soaked in Witch Hazel to the affected area.
Your doctor or midwife may also recommend or prescribe a topical hemorrhoid cream to help aid in the discomfort and healing process.
You may also find that taking stool softeners will help with your bowel movements while the hemorrhoids heal.
- Always keep your doctor current on your postpartum condition and report any problems to them right away.
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