Postpartum Discomforts


 

Abdominal Weakness

  • Pelvic tilts, tightening exercises
  • Good posture, good body mechanics
  • Good diet
  • Patience to give body time for normal restoration

 

Afterbirth Pains

  • Slow breathing
  • Relaxation techniques

 

Sore Nipples, Breast Pain or Difficulty

  • Call for help: Lactation Counselor
  • LaLeche League
  • Childbirth Educator
  • Nursing mother/friend
  • Read one of the breastfeeding books on the reading list

 

Constipation

  • Drink lots of fluids
  • Eat fruits, whole grain food, fiber-rich foods
  • Exercise: walking, pelvic tilts
  • Stool softener
  • Dizziness
  • Move slowly
  • Lie down frequently
  • Elevate legs
  • Have you eaten lately?
  • Contact care provider if continues after a day or two

 

Episiotomy Pain

  • Sitz bath
  • Ice pack or witch-hazel compress (TUCKS)
  • Kegel exercise to promote circulation
  • Topical anesthetic spray or ointment
  • No tampons; no douching
  • Good hygiene; wipe self from front to back; pat gently to avoid an irritating area

 

Gas

  • Drink warm fluids
  • Avoid use of straws
  • Exercise; walk, abdominal tightening

Fatigue

  • Nap when baby naps
  • Go to bed early for a few nights
  • Reduce or eliminate visitors
  • Make a conscious effort to stay in bed; do only absolutely necessary work for several weeks
  • Get help from family, friends, or professionals for housework, laundry, shopping, childcare, and cooking
  • Improve diet; increase foods rich in vitamin B, whole grains, eggs, brewers yeast
  • Make use of relaxation techniques, meditation, and visualization
  • Exercise to stimulate circulation; walk with baby in backpack or stroller
  • Devote time to yourself; read, bubble bath, shop

 

Episiotomy Care

  • Observe color change: bright red, pinkish red, rusty-brown, whitish-yellow, dwindles until all gone
  • Call care provider if bright red color returns
  • Use sanitary napkins/panty liners
  • No Tampons
  • Keep fresh by showering daily - wash the perineal area with soap and water
  • Use peri-bottle each time at the toilet

 

Weight 

  • Eat good diet - reduce unnecessary calories, but keep the energy up
  • Exercise: walking and swimming are great
  • Patience: much of your pregnancy weight will be lost in the first week - the rest may take up to 3-6 months to drop away

 

Hair Loss

  • Use conditioner
  • Good diet, vitamins/minerals

 

Hemorrhoids

  • Keep stools as soft as possible
  • Use hemorrhoid preparation care
  • Apply topical anesthetic
  • Use witch-hazel compresses (TUCKS)
  • Kegel exercises to promote circulation