If you're a new mother, we want to wish you congratulations on your child! Most new mothers choose to have birth through C-section delivery. Thanks to the miracles of modern medical technology, there's no need to put your vagina through that kind of trauma anymore.
However, a C-section is a very invasive procedure. The doctor cuts deep into the tissues and ligaments around the pelvic floor to reach the baby. The effects of the operation vary from person to person, but some women take up to a year to fully recover from the impact of the C-section birth.
In this post, we'll look at some tips to fast-track your recovery.
Help to Heal the Perineum
Ice the perineum every other hour for the first day or so after the birth. Ensure you spray water over the area before and after peeing to stop urine irritating torn skin around the area.
Try taking a warm sitz bath every 20-minutes to ease the pain if it's severe. Don't stand or sit for long periods, and try and sleep on your side.
Skin Care for the C-section Scar
It's crucial to remember hygiene in the first few days after birth. You'll be feeling exhausted, but remember to clean the incision with soapy water once a day. Pat-dry the scar and apply antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
Depending on your situation, ask your doctor if you should leave the bandage open to breathe, or keep it closed during the day. Avoid carrying anything until your doctor gives you the go-ahead. A red light device can help wit reducing scarring and fast-tracking recovery time. Run the device over the affected ar4ea once a day for 10-minutes.
Ease Pain and Aching
If you're feeling sore and achy from the stress and trauma of the birth, take an OTC painkiller like acetaminophen. Don't opt for anything stronger unless you need it. Ask your doctor for prescription alternatives if necessary. Running a red light device over the area will also reduce the symptoms of discomfort and pain.
Keep Things Regular
It can take some time for the bowels to settle down from the trauma of the birth. Don't push your first bowel movement; just let it happen naturally. Eat fiber-rich foods like fruit and whole grains for your first meal after birth.
Do Those Kegels
In the weeks following the birth, start training your pelvic floor. Some women experience urinary incontinence after the procedure. As a result, they leak urine when coughing, sneezing, or laughing. You can accelerate the healing of the pelvic floor and stop incontinence by practicing Kegels.
Kegels are exercises that involve the same muscles you use to stop the flow of urine while you're peeing. By squeezing these muscles and trying to pull them towards your navel, you can strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
Doing ten repetitions of this exercise can help you rebuild the strength in your vaginal walls and pelvic floor. Red light therapy will benefit the healing process and fast-track your recovery when used in conjunction with your Kegel exercises.
Care for Your Breasts
If you have aching breasts, try gentle massage and ice pack therapy. Red light also helps to reduce pain and discomfort. Use lotion and nourishing cream to revitalize your skin.
Keep Up with Your Doctor's Appointments
Remember to check in with your doctor and OB/GYN. Keep up with your appointments and your baby's vaccination schedule. It can take around 10 to 14-days for the stitches to heal.
You can visit your doctor for a checkup where they'll remove them for you. The internal stitches will dissolve by themselves in a few days after the operation as the tissues knit back together.
Get Exercise and Stretch
For the first few weeks after birth, you need to rest. Don't lift anything heavy and stay off your feet. However, after a few weeks, you'll need to get moving to help speed up the recovery process.
Talk to your doctor about when it's best to get back to exercising. The effects of birth will be different for everyone, so follow your doctor's advice.
Start by taking short walks to get out and around the neighborhood for some fresh air. You won't be able to walk the baby for the first three to four months until they have the strength in their back and neck to withstand the bumps in the road.
Items for Your Postpartum Recovery Checklist
Here are a few things to ensure you have ready in your postpartum bag.
OTC Painkillers and anti-inflammatories – Acetaminophen can help, and speak to your doctor about prescription solutions that are baby-safe.
Plenty of pads – You'll need loads of them until the bleeding stops in the second week or so.
Cold packs – Ice down the perineal area to relieve pain. Choose flexible gel ice packs for the best comfort. Always wrap them in a cloth or pack bag, as a straight ice pack to the skin will hurt.
Witch hazel essential oil – Blend with a carrier oil like extra-virgin coconut oil and rub it into the skin around the scar—the polyphenols in the oil help to soothe the pain.
Squirt bottle – Use it as a bidet to rinse your perineal before and after peeing.
Soft cotton underwear – Granny-style is excellent.
Nursing bra – Buy a few comfy pairs before going in for the birth.
Lanolin and Vitamin-E infused creams and lotions – Prevent and soothe cracked, sore nipples.
Lidocaine pain sprays – Stop the pain from postpartum hemorrhoid problems.
Laxatives – get things moving again when you're feeling stopped up.
MyElleVibe pelvic floor device
The MyElleVibe pelvic floor stimulation device is an advancement in red light therapy for your vagina and pelvis. The red light emitted by the device helps to improve collagen production, accelerating the healing process in the pelvic floor.
A few weeks of use can stop issues like urinary incontinence and pain. There are plenty of pelvic floor device reviews online discussing the benefits and results of using the MyElleVibe devices by us (MyElle).