Becoming a mother is an extraordinary and transformative experience that brings both joy and new challenges. As you embark on this incredible journey, it's essential to remember that your well-being matters just as much as your baby's. Today, we're diving into a topic that might not always be openly discussed but holds immense importance: postpartum vaginal care.
WHAT IS POSTPARTUM?
Postpartum, often referred to as the postpartum period is the period following childbirth when a new mom's body goes through a series of physical and emotional changes as it recovers from pregnancy and birth. It's a time of adjustment as a new mother begins caring for her baby, dealing with potential physical discomforts, and navigating the emotional highs and lows that can come with this significant life change.
Generally, your body will heal in six to eight weeks after delivery. The postpartum recovery timeline for c-sections will vary slightly. However, while the healing process typically takes up to eight weeks, some of the physical side effects of pregnancy and birth can linger for months.
What to expect
Each person’s physical postpartum recovery will look different, as it’s largely dependent on their individual birth experience. Even the simplest things like urinating, sitting, and standing can be an obstacle for new mothers. Here's what you can expect during recovery:
- Tender breasts
- Vaginal soreness
- Scar healing (c section)
- Hair loss
- Vaginal Discharge
Body Care Tips
- Steaming: Incorporate a vaginal steam for the ultimate relaxation, detox, and self-care. Yoni steaming may provide relief from perineal discomfort, which is common after childbirth, especially if there were tears. Postpartum can be emotionally challenging. Yoni steaming can create a relaxing and calming experience, helping to reduce stress and promote your emotional well-being.
- Rest and Sleep: Prioritize rest and sleep whenever possible. Lack of sleep can exacerbate postpartum fatigue and make recovery more challenging.
- Hydration: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially if you are breastfeeding. Proper hydration is crucial for overall health and milk.
- Exercise: Encourage light and gentle postpartum exercises as advised by your healthcare provider. Activities like walking or gentle yoga can help with circulation and overall well-being.
You just did the most remarkable thing on this earth and that’s birth life. Show yourself some grace and kindness.
During the first couple of months, you might find it difficult to get accustomed to life with a baby; and that's perfectly normal! You spent nine+ months preparing for your baby's arrival. Give yourself the same amount of time to adjust during postpartum.
YOU GOT THIS MOMMY!
“This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.”