How To Boost Vaginal Birth Recovery
The act of pushing the baby through your vagina exerts lots of strain on the muscles of pelvic floor and is extremely painful. Once the baby is delivered the pain stops but straining leads the area around the vagina and anus swollen, injured and tender. Therefore, a new mother is advised to take adequate care and rest for a few weeks after giving vaginal birth for complete recovery.
To promote recovery after vaginal delivery here we discuss with you simple healing measures to help body regain its energy and strength after the childbirth.
Simple Step To Promote Recovery After Vaginal Delivery
Postpartum Exercise –
Exercises such a short walk, stretching and easy pelvic exercises are helpful. It is recommended to wait for 5 to 6 weeks after vaginal delivery to return to your normal exercise regime.
Preventing and managing hemorrhoid’s –
Piles and haemorrhoids is very common during pregnancy and during postpartum. After giving birth, avoid straining on the toilet to minimise the occurrence of hemorrhoid’s. Eat fibre rich foods and drink lots of water to avoid constipation. Still, if hemorrhoid’s develop topical treatments available or even sitz bath or simple ice can provide you some relief.
Easing breast soreness –
When you start feeding, breast soreness is common during the initial weeks. To promote breastfeeding it is important that of the baby latches properly and the proper latch during the initial days of motherhood is essential to promoting ideal breastfeeding. To have a detailed information about latching and parts of breastfeeding visit a lactation consultant. In addition, nipple care is equally important. After breast-feeding or pumping milk, it is recommended to coat the nipple with breast milk and then apply nipple cream on top of it.
Check on your diet –
There is no special postpartum diet. Eat a balanced diet rich in carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals and fibre. Stay hydrated. Limit caffeine and avoid alcohol. As constipation is very common during pregnancy, eat fresh fruits and vegetables rich in fibre.
Be mindful about postpartum depression –
Not every woman suffers from postpartum depression however many suffering from it don’t even recognise it and attribute the symptoms of postpartum depression to hormonal imbalance and lack of sleep. Acknowledge your feelings. Postpartum depression not always require medication but counselling and other therapies help tremendously. In some cases woman may be given temporary medications that are extremely helpful.
Regularly practice kegal exercise –
Vaginal childbirth weakens the muscles of pelvic floor and to some extent there is loss of bowel and bladder control. To strengthen the anal and ureteral muscles practice exercise everyday as recommended by your doctor.
Take proper rest –
Getting adequate sleep is very important to repair your body and regain energy. We agree that with new baby it is tough to maintain a proper sleep schedule. However, the smartest thing to do is align your sleep hours with that of your baby.Whenever your baby is sleeping take rest. Prioritise your health over everything including attending the guest coming to see your baby and you.
Take pain relievers if required –
Postpartum cramps are expected as your uterus is trying to get back into the post-pregnancy size. Postpartum cramps are painful and discomforting but may subside on their own in a few days. However, consult a doctor if the pain is unbearable, frequent, prolonged, and gets progressively worse. Your doctor may prescribe a painkiller to manage your discomfort, and if required, necessary tests are suggested to rule out any complications.
Get help whenever needed –
It is truly said it requires a village to raise a child. Do not get overwhelmed with the responsibilities of new baby and neglect your health completely. Ask family members for their support in taking care of baby and in managing home.
Up to 80% of female undergoing vaginal birth delivery suffers from some sort of tearing of perineum or vagina. In most of the cases the tears repairs by its own easily or with sutures that resolves on their own. There is only 3% of chances of large tear.
Healthy pregnancy promotes healthy vagina recovery. This is why it is very important to stay active during pregnancy and eat healthy. Exercise is must to avoid excessive weight gain. Stock up potential medications and menstrual pad that will be required after delivery. Stay happy and stay positive
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta: Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.