If you had a vaginal birth, your postpartum “Lady Bits” are going to be sore, and swollen. These tips can help you heal faster and feel better postpartum.
Drink Lots of Water.
The more water you drink after your baby arrives, the less acidic your urine will be. You also need to drink lots of water if you’re breastfeeding. Set your alarm on your phone to remind you to drink more water often. During that 4th trimester postpartum, you’re going to be overwhelmed with everything. So a little reminder to drink more water is one easy thing to do when there’s a new baby in the house.
While You Pee and After
Peeing postpartum is no easy task. Get ready before by filling the peri bottle with warm water and squirt at the same time that you pee. Don’t squirt into the vagina. Just squirt the skin around the vaginal opening. You’ll get a peri bottle at the hospital or birth center and in any home birth kit. Or you can get a personal bidet.
Cleaning your perineum postpartum actually feels soothing. Use the peri bottle or personal bidet and warm water to clean yourself. Gently pat dry with toilet paper. Do not wipe. Or you can use the cool setting on your blow dryer to dry yourself.
Make things easier on yourself by taking a stool softener daily in those first few days or week postpartum. It can be very uncomfortable to poop especially if you had a vaginal birth or you have stitches. Medication during labor can affect your digestive system too by slowing things down or stopping you up.
You can also add witch hazel to the warm water in your peri bottle. But READ LABELS. Some witch hazels have alcohol in it. Try Dr. Thayer’s. Use one part witch hazel to 4 parts warm water to clean yourself postpartum.
Herbal Sitz Bath
Take an herbal Sitz bath after baby arrives and you get home. It’s a combination of herbs that help to soothe and heal the perineum after a vaginal birth. The sprays are good too but a Sitz bath is better.
Take a Sitz bath in Epsom salts. Fill the bath tub with water as hot as is comfortable for you, only enough to submerge your genital/perineal area. Put in 2-3 cups of Epsom salts. Soak for 15 minutes. If you want to take a full bath, pour in 3 lbs. of Epsom salts and soak for 15 minutes.
Ice, Ice, Baby!
There is nothing better than an ice pack on your perineum postpartum to relieve pain and reduce swelling. My husband grabbed a handful of medical gloves before we left the hospital (I’m not recommending you steal from the hospital). I put ice in them and put them on my lady parts. Ah! It felt great.
Create some postpartum “padsicles” before the baby arrives. Take several maxi-pads – the largest ones you can find. Pour half a cup of witch hazel into a bowl. Add 10 drops of lavender and helichrysum to witch hazel. Stir, then pour on to the pads. Place pads in a ziplock bag and place in the freezer. When you get home form your birth place, place a frozen pad-sicle on your perineum. They help relieve pain and swelling on hemorrhoids too.
Yes you can take it while breastfeeding. It helps reduce pain and swelling, and after birth pains.