Bringing a new life into the world is a beautiful and transformative experience. Vaginal delivery can have a lot of impact on your delicate vagina and can cause some short-term changes to your vagina after birth. After delivery, it is crucial to prioritize self-care and give proper attention to your vaginal health. By knowing what to expect and how to care for your body after childbirth, you can have the best postpartum recovery journey possible.
Common Differences You Will Witness in Your Prior-Birth and Post-Birth Vagina
Thanks to the elasticity of your vagina, It will come back to its size and shape, but not the exact same as the pre-delivery size, But it can take up to six weeks for your vagina to heal after birth. There are a few common changes women often report after a vaginal delivery such as
- The sensation of a wider vagina after birth
- Swelling down there after birth.
- Soreness, redness, or tenderness if you had vaginal tearing
- A different feeling in the perineal area (the skin between your vagina and your anus.
- Encounter leaking when you cough, sneeze, or lift heavy objects after birth because of weak pelvic muscles after delivery.
- Vaginal Dryness, because of low levels of estrogen after delivery.
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Tips and Guidelines To Take Care Of Your Vagina After Delivery
Maintain Proper Hygiene:
Good hygiene practices are essential for vaginal health. After childbirth, it is important to keep the vaginal area clean and dry. Use warm water to gently cleanse the area, and avoid using harsh soaps or fragrances that can disrupt the natural balance of the vagina. Good hygiene is important for pain and comfort reasons but is also needed for wound healing and to prevent infection.
- Keep your perineum very clean
- Use pads, not tampons.
- Change your pad often
Use Soothing Techniques:
To ease discomfort and promote healing, consider using soothing techniques for your vaginal area. Applying a cold pack or ice wrapped in a clean cloth can help reduce swelling and provide relief. Additionally, using warm sitz baths can help soothe the perineal area and promote healing.
- Avoid water that's too hot.
- Use sprays or ointments to relieve pain.
- Keep the incision clean and dry and do not scratch.
Practice Kegel Exercises:
Kegel exercises are beneficial for strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, which can become weakened during pregnancy and childbirth. Regularly practicing Kegels can help improve bladder control, support the healing process, and restore muscle tone in the vaginal area. Consult with your healthcare provider for guidance on how to perform Kegel exercises effectively.
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Wear Comfortable Clothing:
Choose loose-fitting, breathable cotton underwear and clothing to allow proper airflow to the vaginal area. Avoid tight-fitting garments that can cause irritation and restrict blood circulation. Opt for comfortable, breathable fabrics to promote healing and prevent excessive sweating or moisture buildup.
Drinking an adequate amount of water is crucial for overall health and helps maintain optimal vaginal health. Proper hydration can support tissue healing and prevent urinary tract infections. Aim to drink enough water throughout the day and include hydrating foods in your diet.
Be Mindful of Vaginal Discharge:
It is normal to experience vaginal discharge after childbirth, known as lochia. Pay attention to the color, odor, and consistency of the discharge. If you notice any changes or have concerns, consult your healthcare provider. They can assess if the discharge is within the normal range or if there is an infection or other issue that requires attention.
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Take It Easy:
Allow yourself time to rest and recover after childbirth. Avoid excessive physical exertion, heavy lifting, or strenuous activities that can strain the vaginal area. Listen to your body and give yourself permission to take breaks and prioritize self-care.
Your body will begin to pass the blood and mucous built up in your uterus. This flow is called lochia, and it will last about 4-6 weeks. So take a bath regularly, keep yourself and your vagina clean, and embrace the changes. Wait for At least 4-6 weeks before you have sex. Go slow and patiently.
LOVE AND SUPPORT ALWAYS...!!