Bringing a new baby home is exciting and an amazing experience. What many women forget or don’t read enough about is the recovery after you’ve given birth. These Tips To Recover After Labor and Delivery are here to help make this time easier for you after your brand new little one arrives.
So you’ve read a lot about the actual labor and delivery. You’ve also read about pregnancy and the things to expect while you’re expecting. But do you know much about recovering once your baby arrives. Having a baby is a beautiful gift, but it can really take a toll on your body! Below I will share some tips on how to recover after labor and delivery.
Your body knows how to heal itself, but these tips will help make the process a little easier for you and hopefully less painful. The recovery process after baby arrives can be a little hard, and knowing some ways to make it easier is worth trying!
Getting Through First Few Weeks After Labor
Rest: This can be an obvious tip, but sometimes moms don’t follow it. Make sure you rest, your body has went through so much, and it needs to recover. Make sure you rest when you can, let people help and don’t over do it.
Ask for Help: This is a huge one, it won’t make you any less of a mom if you ask for help. Whether it is your spouse, mom, sister, a friend, just ask for help. If you are feeling wore out ask them for help. Even if they hold the baby while you take a shower, or have them vacuum the floors. Just make sure to ask if you feel you need help.
Emotional: Be prepared to be emotional. You might cry at the drop of a hat, feel sad and depressed or even angry. These are all emotions that women can experience after delivery. Postpartum depression is real, talk to a friend and see if that helps. If you find that things are getting really hard, go to the doctor, they can help.
Soreness Down There: If you are pretty sore after delivery, you might consider soaking a pad in witch hazel and then wearing it. This will help ease your pain, witch hazel is an anti-inflammatory and can soothe the soreness. Or you can take your pad, soak in witch hazel and then put in the freezer to cool off for a bit before wearing it. The coldness will feel soothing. Another good thing to do is ice yourself. Whether if you just have on the outside of pants or stick in your underwear, it will help soothe and relive the pain and throbbing.
Heavy Bleeding: Make sure to buy really big pads for after baby arrives. You will experience heavy bleeding for awhile, and regular pads won’t work that great. Most hospitals will send you home with a few but you will need to make sure to have them at home. You can find them at mass retailers or online.
Stool Softeners: Right after you have your baby and are able to start eating and drinking, they recommend taking stool softeners. Most women can get a little constipated and taking stool softeners will make your first bowel movement after baby a lot easier. It can be very painful, and you don’t want to be pushing hard right after you have a baby trying to go to the bathroom.
Hemorrhoids: Some women will experience hemorrhoids after giving birth. Make sure to have wipes and creams handy for them, and soak in the bath when you can.
Drink Lots of Fluids: It is very important to drink a lot of fluids after you have your baby. One it helps produce milk if you are breastfeeding and two, it helps keep you from getting super constipated. Make sure to drink more than normal, to ensure you stay hydrated.
Meal Prep: I can’t stress this one enough. I remember sitting down before each baby and coming up with a list of freezable meals. I made about 2-3 weeks worth of freezer meals to have on hand. You can also do meals that take little to no prep work, because you will be exhausted, and not have much time to cook. Lasagna, crock pot meals, soups, are all great freezer meals. Thaw and cook in oven or toss in the slow cooker. Since everyone has to eat every night having this done before baby gets here will be a huge help for your time and sanity.
Everyone’s labor and delivery is different and recovery will vary for everyone. After 5 kids. each time I had a baby the recovery was different. I hope these tips help you recover quicker so you can spend more time snuggling with your new squish.