After the birth of your baby, it’s quite understandable if you’re over the moon with happiness. Imagine, following several months of drastic hormonal changes and almost unbearable anticipation you’re finally able to hold a baby your baby in your arms. It’s bound to feel great having a flat stomach again. And then shortly after giving birth you try to move – and the harsh realities of birth drops you back from dreamland to the ground. Of course it goes without saying that going into labor and enduring the birth of your little darling is already difficult enough as it is. It’s not uncommon – on the contrary, it happens in many cases – to get stitches, a tear, and episiotomy following the vaginal birth of your baby. These things will make it considerably harder to move about, even to do the simplest of things like going to the bathroom. Here are just a couple of things you can do to deal with the pain better:
Have a Perineal Cleansing bottle handy
Usually referred to as a “peri” bottle, a Perineal Cleansing bottle may give off an unremarkable impression, but it actually works great wonders after your baby’s birth, and is guaranteed to give you considerable amount of relief. Before dragging yourself to the bathroom, make sure to fill it with warm water. And then as soon as you’ve relieved yourself, simply put it between your legs and gradually squeeze, starting from the front of your vagina and working all the way to the back of your rectum. The water is proven time and time again to be very soothing, and it will make your post-birth trips to the toilet a lot more bearable.
Do frequent cold compresses
It’s a fact that giving birth causes a lot of muscles to swell. If you use cold compresses to relieve swelling when you have sprains, don’t you think it also makes sense to do cold compresses following the birth of your baby? After all, you’ve had to endure a great deal of pain – a hundred times worse than just having a minor bruise – and applying something cold to the affected area will help neutralize the swelling. You can simply put ice cubes in a paper towel or plastic bag, but the bottom line is that you have a cold compress for 15-20 minutes whenever you need it.
The birth of your baby spells out great joy for you, but it also entails a long list of aches and pains. You need to remember to take it slowly and care for your health well; that’s the best way you can take care of your little darling too.