Right post delivery care after a vaginal birth
is essential for a speedy recovery from the rigours of labour and childbirth.
Right post delivery care also helps to prevent complications. Here are some
tips for taking right care after a vaginal delivery.
When the baby is born through the birth
canal or the vagina, it is known as vaginal birth. If there are no medical
complications, the mother is discharged within 24-48 hours after delivery.
However, for the well being of the mother as well as the baby she is expected
to be aware of certain regulations and facts to take care of herself during
this recovery period. Given below are some of them:
For Follow-Up Visits
Follow-up visits must be carried-out with utmost regularity. The health and
recovery process of the new
mother needs to be carefully monitored in
order to ensure that there are no complications developing. The initial vaginal
exam which is normally held within a month after delivery is very crucial.
There could have been lacerations during birth and it is important to note of
any changes, pain or swelling or unusual discharge in the area. Any pain or
symptom must be immediately reported to the doctor, so that necessary tests and
treatments can be started.
(Under Medical Recommendation)
The nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
medicine can be very effective during vaginal birth care period. Although this
is an over-the-counter drug, it is best to take under medical recommendation.
As there can be certain side-effects in certain health conditions like kidney
problems and stomach bleeding. The drug can reduce the pain, fever and
swelling. So seek your doctor’s advice on whether it is safe for you and follow
the directions for taking the drug.
Post vaginal delivery, you need to
ensure that you get enough rest, as it had been a stressful episode. Follow
your doctor’s advice and regulate your activity accordingly. You must avoid a
sedentary lifestyle as it would hamper your fitness, but take it slowly.
Be sure to start your Kegel exercise,
which will help to tighten the vaginal tissues that have lost its elasticity
during the birth. This is a non-strenuous exercise and can be performed in
sitting or lying down position at any time of the day. The more regular you are
with it, the faster will be your recovery of the vaginal tissues. It also
reduces and cures the possible leakage of gas and urine.
Amongst other physical activity, you can
begin with slow walking and then follow the directions of a certified fitness
expert on what is the ideal workout regimen for your body and present health
condition. Yoga is found to be very beneficial during this period.
Care after vaginal birth involves taking
care of your post
delivery diet too. Apart from having
a balanced diet, ensure that you take in a lot of fibres. You must also keep
your body hydrated with plenty of water and juices throughout the day. This
will ease out the bowel movements and help you deal with constipation which is
quite common during this period. Fresh fruits, vegetables, leafy greens and
cereals are high fibre foods.
swollen veins in and around the rectum area. Post vaginal birth, they can stick
out swell and cause rectal pain. If any such symptom is noticed, report to your
doctor for appropriate medication.
This is the area between the vagina and
anus which gets torn or lacerated during birth of the baby. You must maintain
good hygiene in this part to prevent possible infections. Keep the area dry and
wash gently with soap and water during a shower. If there is a deep wound
follow the instructions of your doctor in applying medicines and creams in the
Lochia is the normal vaginal discharge
post delivery which continues for about 7-14 days and dries off naturally. It
starts with a heavy flow of blood and gradually changes colour to
yellowish-white to colourless. It is the remnant of the placental fluid and you
will need to wear a napkin. But avoid wearing tampons as it might affect the
torn vaginal tissues and cause pain and infection. If you notice anything
unusual in the discharge or experience cramps and pain, report to your doctor.
Post vaginal delivery, you need advice
and counselling on how to breastfeed
your baby and take care of your breasts. When the milk comes in you might
experience hardness and pain in your breasts as they become full. If you are
taking medicines or applying creams for sore nipples, be sure to ask your nurse
about how and when you should breastfeed.
after vaginal delivery constitutes mostly on
listening to the signs given out by your body and being careful about the
simple aspects like, resting, eating well, drinking water, taking medicines and
keeping clean. Any changes or alterations in your body should be immediately reported
to the doctor for fast and effective treatment. During this period, abstain
from sexual intercourse as your vaginal tissues are not fully healed yet.