9. Check for Signs of Infection
Any kind of infection can delay the healing process and make things worse for a new mother.
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!
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.
- 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.