Previously in the first part of this series, I wrote about a couple of ways to get your body back after having a baby. If you missed that, here’s a link to the post http://alocovivavoce.com/2015/08/19/getting-back-in-shape-post-pregnancy/. Today’s post is a continuation of that discussion which reveals more “DONT’S” post pregnancy.
Before I go on, let me mention that I forgot to include an important message in the previous part which is the sizing for the Waist Cincher. When buying the Waist Cincher, make sure you buy one that is a size below your normal size. That is, if you wore a Medium (M) size pre pregnancy, your Waist Cincher should be a Small (S) and if you wore a Small (S) size pre pregnancy, your Waist Cincher should be an Extra Small (XS).
Now for today’s post proper:
Many mothers out there can testify to the gruesome act inflicted on them after delivery by their mothers and/or mother-in-law’s all in the name of “Pressing the body with hot water”. After all the pain you had to endure and most likely the ongoing pain brought about by an episiotomy, someone comes around and tells you they have to use VERY HOT WATER to press your entire body supposedly in order to melt all the weight gained?
NEWS FLASH: That is the greatest FAUX PAS ever!
I personally do not know any medical practitioner in this generation that will encourage such act anymore. Even if you must “press” your body, I reckon you do it in form of a massage but only using WARM WATER. To measure the adequate temperature of the water, deep your elbow into the water instead of your hand as the skin on your hand is tough enough to withstand high temperature.
The next “DON’T” is a SITZ BATH. I know some of you may not agree with me on this but to be honest, you really do not need a Sitz Bath.
For the men out there or some women that do not know of Sitz Bath, it is a treatment used by women to heal the stitches on their vagina which were done as a result of the tear or cut that occured during delivery in order to aid in the free passage of the baby aka EPISIOTOMY. During this bath, women deep their vagina (by sitting for 2 to 3 minutes) in a bowl or bucket of ALMOST BOILING WATER mixed with SALT and DETTOL.
To understand what they’re going through, try putting a finger with a cut in very hot water containing lots of salt and dettol and imagine the amount pain you would feel as salt naturally stings so combining it with dettol is a nightmare! Now transfer this pain you feel to a bigger and much more grand scale then you can start to fathom what these women put themselves through all in the name of “Sitz Bath”.
I tell you this again, a Sitz Bath is highly UNNECESSARY!
Just like pressing of the body, if you must do a Sitz Bath, then please use WARM WATER. The almost boiling water you use is only going to melt your stitches and this prolongs the healing process even more. And remember to keep that area clean by rinsing with water after the Sitz Bath and after you use the bathroom to prevent infection.
NOTE: The accurate measurement of a Sitz Bath is 3 handful of salt and 2 capful of dettol mixed in 5 litres of “warm water”. Once again, use your elbow to measure the temperature of the water instead of your hand.
An episiotomy usually takes about 2 weeks to heal and in order to achieve that, here are some steps that help:
Firstly, DAB don’t WIPE!
I realize you are bleeding at this time as you just had a baby so whenever you use the bathroom to pee or poo or after your Sitz Bath, always make sure you dab that area instead of wiping like you normally do. Wiping only reopens the wound that’s trying to heal and like I said, it prolongs the healing process.
Secondly, although this might be painful and uncomfortable, you should try sitting on a hard, wooden surface. Forget about those soft cushioned sofas in your living room, they actually do not benefit you at this time.
Rather, make use of those hardened stools that normally hurt your bum after sitting for a short period. Those are your best friend at this time.
And when you sit, sit straight. I know you are in pain so you subconsciously tilt to one side but try your possible best not to do that and maintain an upright position. Endure as much as you can until you can take no more then repeat the process as many times as needed till you no longer feel the urge to tilt.
Eventually, if you adhere, your stitches would heal completely and entirely within 2 weeks after which you can proceed to wearing your postpartum girdle. Click here to read how to wear your postpartum girdle.
The next part of this series which will be posted on Wednesday focuses more on the baby. Now that we know the “DONT’S” for our new mothers, let’s learn more about the “DONT’S” for our newborn babies.
Do you agree with my unconventional methods?
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