The need of self-care is elevated during pregnancy for the sake of preserving the wellness of both the expected baby and the expectant mother. Some people assume that this necessity is present only during pregnancy. In other words, they think the woman is immediately available for any activity after she gives birth. As a matter of fact, it is still very serious to take good care after labor, since the postpartum state of the woman’s body and health is considered sensitive, at least for a couple of weeks.
On the other hand, there are numerous habits being carried out with ignorance. That is, some women, following their delivery, are aware of the actions that should not be approached until after some time. They, however, are not aware of all of them. They do some things with no idea that these things are not recommended and may be even harmful. Some of these practiced things may be too simple to deeply consider them or think about negatively.
The postpartum period has got some struggles other than the process of caring for that new little human. These struggles can be aggravated with violations of the postnatal care that ought to be followed. Perhaps some women would feel some displeasure, being restricted with what to do or not to do, but it is all eventually oriented to the benefit and wellness of her and her baby. The following tips are mainly addressed to the mother’s health, which help in getting through the postpartum period with fewer difficulties.
15 Jumping In The Shower
Personal hygiene is an inevitable recommendation that applies all the time. It feels unpleasant to the mind to accept refraining from taking a relieving shower after a physically demanding session such as labor and delivery. However, it is best to check with the physician to learn if a shower is allowed right away, or if they feel the woman should wait a day or so. This restriction is relative depending on the conditions, but is still temporary.
Some women mention that they got up and had their hot shower in the hospital a few hours after birth. This means that the restriction is not basic for all cases. It is however, recommended to prevent any complications that may result from wounds, sutures, or other injuries caused throughout the labor. The abdominal and perineal areas are the most sensitive ones during this period, depending on the type of delivery. Burning and swellings in these places are likely to happen in case the water temperature is too warm than needed. However, cold water would probably be too much of a shock to the body after having going through an arduous labor.
14 Doing Housework
A dedicated housewife should hold herself back from housekeeping after childbirth. Housework can be postponed or done by other hands, because her health maintenance is much more vital. No matter what the status of the house is when she gets back, even if her baby has older siblings who are too active to keep tidiness, she ought just to calm down.
Housework ranges from the simplest and easiest to those requiring major physical involvement. It is by logic known that avoidance of the latter is a must, otherwise she would be re-experiencing painful sessions. It should be noted that uterine contractions can persist for some time after labor and do not immediately stop. Sometimes, even the housework that does not take a lot of effort can be unfavorable. Even if there is no reported or predicted harm from easy housework, resting all the time after the strain of labor is still better and necessary.
13 Lifting Heavy Things
Heavy things can be related to the household, or can be those in the gym. Being either of them, they must be temporarily avoided until the health state is fully retrieved. Even things that seem to be lighter are advised to avoid just in case. The mother had better commit to lifting only one thing – the baby, for the time being.
The labor and birth experience leave physical traces that take time to diminish, returning the body to its norm. Backaches are known to be a companion of these phases, most of the time if not always. In addition, the lower half of the body is recovering, which is not be underestimated.
As previously mentioned, the contractions of the womb may still present, and any strain is likely to exaggerate them. The condition can be more serious in case the delivery was caesarean, thereby lies the importance of never forgetting about the stitches, which are still in the progress of healing.
12 Getting It On
This is a thing that so many husbands would not be okay with, although the understanding husbands with enough awareness and open-mindedness are abundant. Not all marital matters are expected to get back to normal rapidly after the baby is born. Even some bonds are unfortunately cracked, instead of tightening, which is due to the inability of the partner with proper handling and management of their life issues.
Other intimate techniques can be still used during this period, but the vagina must be avoided for some time. Both vaginal and oral sex on the woman are warned from. The former is predicted to cause more pain since the vagina is still in the process of healing from trauma, especially when an episiotomy was done. The oral sex done by the man on his wife carries the possibility of killing her! Yes, it indeed may happen, because he may bring to her genital infections, or accidentally blow some air inside, which results in air embolism.
11 Using Tampons
Tampons are usually used as a means of personal hygiene, being absorbent of menstrual blood. Some girls feel some intimidation and concern about placing tampons and using them. Therefore, the case may be even more after pregnancy. First of all, blood that comes out after labor is not the same blood the woman sees during menstruation. This blood is the uterus cleaning itself and the vagina and healing for the next several weeks.
Besides, the vagina after delivery, as mentioned earlier, is in the process of healing from the trauma caused to it by expanding tens of times for passing the baby. The vaginal canal is also involved in this healing due to the same reason. Having some tears down there are likely to have happened, which increases the trauma. Placing a tampon in the can traumatize these places and cause discomfort and introduce bacteria and viruses, inside the vaginal canal leading to severe infection. Sanitary pads are a good and convenient recommendation.
10 Using A Douche
Doctors do not recommend the vaginal douching even when there is no pregnancy. The feminine allegations that douching cleans the vaginal tract from menstrual blood and odor, and prevents pregnancy, are medically proven false. This tool with the fluids used hold a high possibility of infecting the vagina, causing imbalance of the pH of the medium and the bacterial flora that are naturally present for protective purposes. Douching may also spread infections to the genital tract, causing unfavorable complications. Outcomes can be much more exacerbated with the postpartum vaginal condition.
Some postpartum women are provided with a special tool in the hospital that aids them in cleaning their perineal area by splashing water. It is not a douche, but more of a squirt bottle that aids in cleaning the area and can also help with swelling and discomfort. This process is not harmful as long as the process is done in a couple of hours after birth, not immediately, as well as carefully and with proper adjusting of water temperature.
Summer cannot be complete with the absence of a relaxing swim in the pool or swimming in the refreshing water of a lake or ocean in the hot weather. It is okay to go for that after birth as long as there is an okay from the doctor, but not immediately no matter what. It is important not to forget that pool water is not purely water. Before it is put to use by swimmers, it is treated with disinfecting chemicals such as chlorine in order to kill any microorganisms felt to be dangerous.
This chemical mixture may not be favorable for the postpartum woman with a healing vagina or abdomen from a Caesarean. There is also a probability of her discharging blood and/or other substances, an incidence which is doubtlessly embarrassing and certainly unsanitary.
In addition, public pools soon lose their disinfected status. Thus, getting in there is considered a high risk, since the aquatic medium would be carrying numerous agents that may reach the sensitive areas of the woman and infect them.
8 Tree Poses
Although yoga is not considered a strenuous activity, it does require a good deal of movement from the torso and legs. Since these two areas are going through a great deal of change and recuperation, it is recommended to wait. Yoga instructors recommend not getting back to the practice of yoga until the postpartum bleeding and discharge stops. They also expand the duration of this withdrawal up to six weeks in case of caesarean.
This is attributed to the fact that some positions may cause injury to the sensitive places that are healing from delivery. Moreover, pressure may be applied on some internal organs, especially those involved in pregnancy and birth, which is not of a positive outcome. On the other hand, they state that locking oneself at home is not the solution. The new mother can certainly do some easy stretching exercises that will not put any strain on the vaginal or abdominal area.
Running is also to be held for some time until the full healthy state is regained. The previously mentioned reasons and attributes are to be mentioned here again, since they are also involved as reasons of avoiding this activity.Running may be categorized as a physical strain in case it is done for a long time without rest, and in case it reaches the level of exhaustion.
Muscle exhaustion should be completely avoided, especially since the vaginal and uterine smooth muscles are still not ready for such activity. One should not forget that some discharge is still present inside the vagina and the womb, and any unfavorable activity can push them out of alignment in an unfavorable way, perhaps causing more bleeding. Having vaginal tears, traumas, or episiotomy suturing intensifies the caution, as additional tearing or trauma are likely to be caused by muscular activity that is accelerated during running. Besides, it’s unlikely that the new mom is in any physical shape to do any running and will need time to work up to it. The new mom can still go for a walk in the open air, but without straining herself or going at an exhausting pace. In fact, some easy walking, perhaps taking the baby out in the stroller can be excellent, safe exercise.
6 Applying Ointments
There is no mentioned problems or negative impacts of ointments or oily product application on the body before or after pregnancy. Only during pregnancy, there are some products which are recommended not to use due to their chemical and pharmacological properties. When it comes to application on the vagina or perineum, however, consideration and awareness should never be absent. Consultation of a doctor may be a necessity to check what kind of ointments are recommended for relief of discomfort of the perineal area or c-section incision.
Oils, ointments, creams, and other topically applied products are known to have chemical compounds that can be absorbed by the skin and reach the destination of their action. Some of these products may bring out side effects, whose manifestations are majorly dermal, depending on the body status. Application of these products without accurate medical consultation has a probability of rendering the condition of these sensitive area even worse, retarding the progress of healing and convalescence.
5 Rigorous Activity
These are advised to avoid even in normal conditions for completely healthy people. Hence, pregnancy and postpartum certainly makes it even more critical. The previously mentioned activities of running, housework, and lifting heavy things can be included in the category of rigor.
To mention some others; vigorous exercise may be pushing something heavy, participating in normal exercise classes, yard work, wall painting, even driving and shopping. The complications likely to arise are the same of the previous points such as further injuring the abdomen causing more bleeding, and simply bringing on exhaustion at a time when the body needs to be resting. Even though the woman may begin to feel more like herself, it is best to allow the body to rest the period of time recommended by her doctor -- at least a couple of weeks. The body expends all of its energy getting the baby out and it needs time to rebuild and recover.
4 Having A Puff
This habit has never been good nor beneficial. It is clearly known to bring nothing to the human but harm. This harm targets the lungs as a number one destination, followed by the respiratory tract, oral cavity, and blood circulation and other body parts. It is strongly recommended that women stop smoking while pregnant, and once the baby is delivered, the mom should continue not smoking, still for the sake of her child. Secondhand smoke can be just as dangerous as putting the cigarette in the baby’s mouth and letting her smoke it.
Perhaps the genitalia and the regions of delivery are not affected nor involved, but having a mother quitting smoking forever after birth is something to praise her for. It should always be remembered about breastfeeding, which is another important phase in the life of both the mom and the baby. Harmful substances may be delivered to the baby through the mum’s breast milk.
3 Holding Urination
The act of urine storage is fulfilled by simultaneous programmed contractions and relaxations of urinary bladder muscles. The same applies for the act of voiding urine. It is recommended to immediately go to the toilet when the sensation of comes. Many women avoid going pee because they have stitches and the urine stings. However, it is best not to hold it, but bear it for the time being and use the perineal tools given at the hospital.
Holding it when it should be let out is a big mistake in normal cases, and an even bigger mistake in such a delicate period of time. It is known that the pregnant and postpartum body is characterized by more sensitivity. Hence, even holding the urine for some time may elevate the risks of infection of the urinary tract. Moreover, drinking insufficient amounts of water is more or less related to having burn sensations while urinating because of the minimal concentration of water in urine.
2 Fighting And Arguments
The trauma of labor and birth are not only physical, but also mental and psychological in most cases. Thereby came the terminology of postpartum depression, which may bring out very negative impacts in case it is not properly managed and overcome. The need of the mom for total comfort, relaxation, and peace of mind is seriously necessitated. The surrounding people ought to assist in providing her the convenient environment to achieve this goal.
Coming out from birth, it is recommended that delivery of any bad news to the mom be delayed for a time. It is also prohibited, and even not gentle nor decent, to open up any topic or conversation that may upset or anger her. Any arguments about any topics are to be fully postponed. Apparently, this tip needs to be pursued not by the woman herself, yet by those surrounding her in the first place, as the psychological health state is the base of the overall health.
1 Avoid Negative Thoughts
Apart from postpartum depression, the woman is expected to every once and awhile have thoughts that are unpleasant and negative. They mainly regard the upcoming changed to her marital life, and the responsibility towards the baby, with the latter being more predominant. This is actually not uncommon, and it is frequently encountered in first time moms. The difference lies in how to handle these thoughts and overcome them.
The woman ought to educate herself about baby and child care before deciding to have one in reality. Negative feelings can arise even with doing this step, as experiencing something for the first time is quite special but it can also be stressful. A new mom has to be stronger than these thoughts and to always ignore what is negative regarding motherhood. While negative thoughts are a normal occurrence, don’t let them bring down your enjoyment of your newborn baby and showing it all the love you have for it. Talk to someone about your feelings if they persist.