Recovering from birth
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October 6, 2013 at 4:20 pm #14997
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 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.
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.
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.
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.January 24, 2014 at 2:54 pm #19204
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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