by Michele Carelse on April 21st, 2011 at 7:00 am
Now that you understand more about what to expect after the birth of your bundle of joy, keep in mind these following steps to ensure that your recovery is smooth and becomes a time of happy adjustment.
The beauty of rest
Do not underestimate what the healing powers of rest can do for your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual needs. Getting enough relaxation and rest now, will pay out ten times over in the long-term. Even if you feel terrific after birth, respect the changes your whole being is going through and give yourself time to adjust, heal and shift back into balance. When your friends come to visit don’t try playing the hostess and get them to make their own tea, and one for you too!
You will be what you eat
Make sure that your diet includes plenty of fresh vegetable, fruit, high-protein foods (i.e. meat, cheese and pulses) and starchy foods such as bread, pasta and rice. Make sure you also drink plenty of fluids, especially if you are breastfeeding. However, do try to avoid caffeine including tea, coffee and fizzy drinks. Opt instead for herbal teas, water or diluted juices. If you are suffering from constipation eat fruits, vegetables and whole-grain products and incorporate fiber-rich foods.
Your bowels may be sluggish due to the pregnancy hormones relaxing and progesterone. Keep your fluid and fiber intake up to avoid constipation. Preventing constipation will also guard against developing piles – which may appear for the first time during pregnancy or labor. Remember not to strain during a bowel movement and also try holding a pad of clean toilet paper firmly against your perineum when you do go. Another tip is breathing deeply while extending and contracting your stomach muscles to help stimulate your bowel movements.
Pouring warm, salted water over your perineum while you are having a wee and gently drying yourself afterwards will help to speed up the healing process. A warm bath with a little salt or even lavender essential oil can be very soothing. An ice pack wrapped in a clean cloth held against your stitches will help to reduce the swelling and ease your discomfort.
Prevention is key, and there are things you can do to ensure a successful postpartum recovery. Use natural ingredients to guarantee faster healing and reduce swelling while preventing the formation of scar tissue. Essential oils such as Lavender and vitamin E, helps nourish, heal and protect skin tissue while helping to maintaining skin elasticity.
Easiotomy Cream™ Natural soothing cream for the perineum – for use before and after birth.
In the next article, learn natural ways to get your body back in shape after childbirth.
This is article number 2 in our 3 part series on natural recovery after childbirth.