7. Handle Hemorrhoids
Post-delivery, whether it is a vaginal birth or C-section, some women experience hemorrhoids, which have symptoms like swollen veins in and around the anus and rectum. Due to the swollen surrounding tissues, bowel movements may become very painful.
Some women even start avoiding bowel movements due to the pain. Moreover, it is not good to be constipated when you have a healing episiotomy.
To prevent bowel issues during vaginal birth recovery:
- Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Have whole grains and foods rich in fiber.
- Drink plenty of water and avoid coffee and carbonated beverages.
- You may need to ask your doctor for a stool softener until things heal up.
- You can also opt for a topical hemorrhoid cream.
8. Take Care of Breast Soreness
After delivery, your breasts start producing milk for feeding, irrespective of whether you plan to breastfeed. It is best to breastfeed, as it not only benefits the newborn baby but also helps your recovery.
During the initial stage, your breasts may become heavy and sore, and you may find it difficult to feed your baby.
- Try to feed your baby or pump often to prevent engorgement and leaking.
- Use hot compresses to help milk let down and relieve engorgement.
- Use ice packs to alleviate pain.
- If your nipples are sore, make sure your baby is latching on properly.
- Wear a nursing bra with good support.
- Use breast pads to prevent milk leakage.