Pelvic Care after Childbirth

Pelvic Care after Childbirth

Pelvic Care after Childbirth 24 Apr

After the baby arrives, there will be some changes that you’ll notice— both physical and emotional. Your body has just done something remarkable - grow another human being. Upon delivery, you will spend most of your time feeding, diapering, and comforting your baby. You may feel overwhelmed at times. Remember that every new mom is different, so each woman will recover at a different rate.

Your pelvic floor is a supportive sling of muscles, ligaments, and tissues that stretches across your pelvic bones. It is like a hammock that holds a number of important elements in place. Specifically, the pelvic floor is responsible for four key areas:

IVF is usually recommended for couples facing the following situations:

  • Sphincter – the circular muscles that control gas and hold in waste
  • Sexual – lubrication, arousal, penetration, vulvar care, pain syndromes, nerve impingements
  • Support – collections of connective tissues, muscles, ligaments, and bones that hold things in place structurally. For example, your body supporting the baby growing inside you.
  • Lymphatics – pumping and regulating fluid flow through the whole body, but particularly here in the pelvic region

The Healing Process

It took your body months to prepare to give birth, and it takes time to recover. If you've had a C-section, it can take even longer. Though your focus and energy will be on the baby, remember that you need to take care of yourself, too.

1. Personal Hygiene

IVF is usually recommended for couples facing the following situations:

  • Wash your perineal area with water (no soap) and gently pat yourself dry after a shower.
  • Make sure you keep the area clean and dry.
  • After urinating, pat the area from front to back with toilet paper.
  • Avoid rubbing the area.
  • Wash the area with water after you use your bowels.
  • Change your sanitary pad every 4-6 hours.

2. Ice and Compression

The vaginal area is likely to be inflamed and swollen after childbirth so ice and compression will help to reduce this and provide pain relief.

Posture

Optimal posture and body awareness after childbirth will also set you up for a better pelvic floor recovery. Make sure you sit & stand upright, lengthening your spine and drawing your shoulder blades back. It is important to get into good postural habits as soon as possible after you have the baby.

4. Pelvic Floor Exercises

You may not be able to feel your pelvic floor at first because the nerves in that area stretched due to labor. Even if you can't feel anything happening, you will still be doing yourself some good. Your body will return to its pre-pregnant state naturally, except for muscle tone. Exercise will help you regain this tone. Begin slowly and increase gradually. Walking and swimming are excellent choices. Talk with the doctor before you start an exercise program.

5. Avoid Constipation/Straining

In order to promote healing of your pelvic floor, it’s important that to not strain much to use your bowels. Ensure you keep your diet high in whole foods, especially fruits and veggies, and drink 2-3L of water.

6. Rest

Most crucial of all - make sure to get some sleep while the baby is asleep.

Sex without pain

Returning to sexual intercourse after childbirth will be different for every woman depending on multiple factors, but is not safe until after your 6-week postpartum check-up. Whilst sex for the first time after you’ve had the baby might feel different initially, it should not be painful. If it is, make sure you stop and do not push through any pain.

Keep your doctor appointments

Checking in with a specialist is essential since it helps ensure that your body is healing as expected. While recovering from delivery can be a lot to handle, things will get easier. If you have any more questions about improving your postpartum recovery, schedule a consultation with the best gynecologists in Chennai at PFRC.


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