Childbirth is one of the most beautiful and intense ordeals a woman may experience, especially for new mothers. Now that is over, you’re a mother and busy caring for your new baby, it is also important to take time to look after yourself. Pregnancy and childbirth can have a great impact on your body and health.
However, you may be rushed off your feet in caring for your new child and this would be a big change in your life, especially if this is your first child. In this article, we look at how new mothers can care for themselves and recover from childbirth.
Tips For Recovering From A Natural Childbirth
Natural childbirth is a beautiful thing, but the experience can leave a massive impact to your body. Here are some tips on how you can recover from vaginal birth.
Rest: This might be obvious but you’ll be surprised how many new mothers don’t follow this one. With your new baby in your life, it is understandable that you are prioritising your child above everything, including yourself. However, that is not a good enough reason to avoid taking time for yourself and resting. You need to sleep and give your body time to heal after childbirth.
Wear Extra Maxi Pads & Mesh Underwear: Throughout your pregnancy, you would have experienced about 9 months of period-free bliss. After childbirth, you can expect post-birth bleeding which can be very heavy. It is why you should use extra maxi pads and mesh underwear to help position everything. Also, if you normally use tampons, you would not be able to use them for at least 6 weeks after giving birth.
Wipe with Medicated Pads: After childbirth, you may find your vaginal area sore and tender. You may have developed haemorrhoids during your pregnancy or childbirth. Made with Witch Hazel, Preparation H Soothing Wipes are medicated wipes that are perfect for cleaning and relieving these areas after using the toilet. These are approved for use on vaginal tissue.
Eat Healthily: After nine months of pregnancy, you may have indulged a little. A common misconception is that you’re eating for two. Never mind! Now, it is import that you enjoy a healthy diet with plenty of protein and fibre to promote healing.
Ask For Help: Especially for new mothers, you may feel pressured to take on everything on your own, that you need to be supermom. You don’t have to. Look to family and friends for support, you are not alone.
Tips For Recovering From A C-Section
The decision to have a C-Section or a Caesarean is never an easy one. In some situations, it is not a choice at all. It is only natural to expect a short spell in a hospital before you and your baby can go home.
It is understandable that you need to take some time to look after yourself. Here are some tips to help heal and recover from a C-Section.
Clean Your Wound Regularly: The midwives should advise you on how to clean and look after your wounds. You should do this every day, being gentle when touching the area. It is important to be observant for any signs of infections.
Wear Loose Clothes: Until your wound has healed and becomes less uncomfortable, wear loose, flexible clothing around the area.
Reduce Scaring: Some women are concerned about the scar that’s left behind after a C-Section. At first, this scar will appear as a red line across your abdomen and will be obvious at first. However, over time, it will fade. You can help diminish Caesarean scars with products such as Bio Oil. Made with PurCellin Oil, it is designed to improve the appearance of scars by increasing the elasticity of the skin around the area and reduce uneven skin tones.
Regulate Pain: Most women will experience some discomfort and slight pain after their C-Section and this can persist for several weeks. You can use painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to help regulate the pain. You should avoid stronger painkillers such as co-codamol if you’re breastfeeding. See your GP if the pain becomes severe.
At Chemist Direct, we understand that women need to take time to recover from childbirth. It is why we work with leading healthcare brands to provide new mothers with the best products to help them heal and at the best price. Check out what Chemist Direct has to offer today.
This article has been medically approved by Superintendent Pharmacist Shilpa Shailen Karia, MRPharmS. - GPhC Reg No: 2087328