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10 Things about Vaginal Birth Recovery You Need to Know

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9. Check for Signs of Infection

Any kind of infection can delay the healing process and make things worse for a new mother.

vaginal infection

After a vaginal birth, the most common places to develop an infection are in your stitches, your uterus and your bladder.

  • The first sign of an infection on the stitches is increased pain and a thick yellow or greenish discharge from around the stitches.
  • The most obvious sign of an infection in the uterus is a foul or rotten odor in the vaginal blood.
  • When it comes to a bladder infection, look for signs like a burning sensation while urinating, a need to urinate more frequently and a feeling of ‘urgency’.

If you notice any of these signs, consult your doctor immediately.

10. Handle Your Emotions

Women feel emotional after the birth of a baby, and sometimes these emotions are not even positive!

handle your emotions

The hormonal changes going on in the body often take a toll on the emotions. Even the responsibilities of a newborn baby can make you feel down, depressed or anxious. If these symptoms are for a short time, then there is nothing to worry about.

But if you are still feeling depressed or low even after 2 weeks of delivery, don’t keep it to yourself. Talk with your doctor. You may be suffering from postpartum depression, and treatment is available.

Additional Tips

  • Avoid long trips for 5 to 6 weeks and do not sit in the car for long periods of time.
  • If you need to travel, take frequent rest breaks and stretch your legs.
  • Limit visitors at home, as it can increase exposure to infections.
  • Use a pillow over your tummy when coughing or sneezing.
  • Don’t go swimming for a couple of months.
  • Wait until you are healed (about 4 to 6 weeks) before you have sexual intercourse.

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