Recovering from birth

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    We all know that giving birth is a physical and emotional process, so you will have to take it easy if you want to recover quickly.

    Your Tummy
    Your stomach will feel soft and squishy, bruised and achy.

    Lochia is a discharge like a period. It will be heavy at first and will get lighter as it draws to a close. It lasts between 2 and 6 weeks.

    After pains
    You may experience pains like contractions especially when you are breastfeeding. These last a few days and it is a sign that your womb is shrinking back to its normal size.

    Perineal pain
    If you didn’t experience a tear or cut, your perineum may feel very bruised and sore. If sitting is uncomfortable you may need a special cushion to alleviate the pain. Keep the area clean and keep active.

    Perineal stitches
    Stitches can be very painful but there are things you could do to ease the pain;
    * Eat more fibre, this will make it easier for you to poo
    * Keep the area clean
    * Practice your pelvic floor exercises
    * If you find it stings when you wee, pour warm water over the stitches before you go
    If you notice a smell or oozing coming from the stitches you should tell your midwife to check as you may have an infection.

    After a caesarean
    A caesarean is a major abdominal surgery, so your recovery will be slower than someone who gave birth naturally. You will need to stay in hospital longer, usually 3 days.
    * You may have a drain in the incision or a catheter in your hand for the first 24hrs after
    * If you need to cough or pass wind, hold a pillow or both hands over the wound
    * The stitches will either be removed after 5 days or they will dissolve on their own. If you notice oozing or a smell tell your midwife immediately.
    * Pain relief will be in the form of tablets, injections and suppositories.
    * You will find it hard to move or feed your baby for the first few days so you should ask for help.
    * Move your toes and feet as often as you can whilst your sitting.
    * You will need extra help at home for the first few weeks.
    * Your cut will gradually fade to a thin pale line in time.



    When you see it all listed out like that (and I’m quite sure there are other things that could be added too!) it’s a wonder anyone has a baby at all! I think all new Mums deserve a pat on the back. And a sit down with a nice cup of tea!

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