Labor and Delivery is a very intense process for a lot of women. Hence healing postpartum as fast as possible is important for most of us. I will be sharing a few postpartum recovery period tips on how to heal faster after vaginal birth. My daughter is now 2 years old, you can read all about my 28-hour vaginal birth labor. I completely underestimated the labor process and did not plan for the postpartum recovery period, so I did not really know what to expect. Postpartum is no walk in the park especially if you tear down there or have an Episiotomy!
I remember the fear I had of pooping after birth. It hurt so much down there, I did not shower for 2 days after childbirth and refused to poop. Jokes apart, I must have taken my body weight in stool softeners out of this fear lol. I eventually went and it was not as bad as I thought, however, it still hurt like crazy down there. My hospital was amazing and they ensured I had nearly everything I needed to have a speedy postpartum healing. Let’s discuss some of those wonderful tips so you are better prepared whether you are a first-time mom or experienced mom.
How to heal FASTER after Vaginal Birth
Kegel exercises are important to help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and help prevent leakage, especially after childbirth. I will be honest, I did not do these as often as I should after childbirth lol. I heard these Intimate Rose Kegel Exercise Weights are really good.
Postpartum is not exactly the time to wear fancy fitted clothing. Let your body breathe and have some fresh air. Wear loose clothing as often as you can especially down there. This will help avoid any pressure down there. Plus you probably are not going anywhere fancy the first few weeks anyway.
I loved my Hospital pad! After childbirth, you are likely to bleed a lot down there so be prepared. They were big and but super comfortable. Plus I did not have to buy any. Trust me, whatever your hospital gives for free, stock up on them. I packed so much, I probably had enough for a second delivery lol.
Again these were amazing gifts from the hospital, they were also huge but I was not embarrassed at all to rock them. Plus, the fact that i did not have to wear my own and then wash them was great. These ones were disposable without costing me any money to buy them. Sorry, you cannot use tampons the first few weeks after childbirth.
Definitely, have some painkillers on hand for postpartum recovery. You could use either Acetaminophen of Ibuprofen (which would also help with inflammation).
I never knew the worth of these till after vaginal birth. They are lifesavers. I popped them like they were candy cause I was so scared of pooping and tearing even more down there. Although, proper nutrition definitely helps avoid straining to poop. Especially if you have stitches, you definitely want to have some stool softeners around.
Sitz baths are one of the most important ways to speed up postpartum recovery. Now, I did my sitz bath a little different from what the hospital advised. My mom came in from Nigeria to help me and she taught me how they did it in Nigeria. I initially showed her what the nurses had told me and she burst out laughing cause I was told to use lukewarm water. This was not what she was used to. She proceeded to boil some water to the utmost temperature. I mean it was boiling hot, she then poured some salt in the bath and then I would squat over it for like 15 seconds, jump up and down then repeat for about 5 minutes.
I honestly think this way made a huge impact on my recovery. When I went for my 6 weeks checkup, the doctor looked and said I had no signs of vaginal birth and had the fastest postpartum recovery down there she had ever seen. So there you have it, secret sitz bath recipe…Hot boiling water and salt lol. It’s definitely not for the fainthearted.
This is a little squirt bottle for rinsing. I actually loved using this, it helped me feel nice and clean down there. Use them everytime you pee. My hospital gave me one but you could also buy your own Peri bottle.
Perineal cold pack
These were like heaven for me. My hospital gave me a stash of these, i actually still have some at home lol. These are great for a vaginal birth because you may experience some swelling down there. I put these on my pad a couple times a day and it really helped. My hospital gave me these perineal cold pack
Witch hazel Tucks pads
Witch hazel is another great remedy to help ease hemorrhoids and reduce inflammation. I usually put it on the cold packs on top of the hospital pads, then applied some dermoplast spray. This remedy combination was awesome! You can grab some Tucks Witch Hazel Pads on Amazon.
Apply some Dermoplast Pain Relieving Spray to your lady parts, your pads or on top of witch hazel Tucks pads to spray the pain away. I sprayed the life out of these things every day.
Now, I did not get this but heard it is amazing. I remember coming home from the hospital and I could not sit on the chair. Hubby had to get me some pillows to sit on top of the chair. So definitely see how Perineal cushion would be very helpful.
Hemorrhoid relief suppositories
This is another great postpartum remedy for hemorrhoids.
My Padisicle recipe:
Witch hazel tuck pads
I simply put on the undies, placed the pads on them, put a pack of perineal cold pack onto the pad, put two witch hazel tuck pads and sprayed some dermoplast spray onto it and put it on. Very easy huh?
These are the things i did to help speed up my postpartum recovery and healing process.
What are some post partum recovery tips you have tried or heard of?