MOTHERHOOD

PART TWO: GETTING BACK IN SHAPE – POST PREGNANCY

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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.

Sitz Bath

Sitz Bath

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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  1. I have a question about the waist clincher. Isn’t it really bad for the organs to be squished tight? Even with the whole rave about the waist trainer, i never got one because i had read somewhere that they have future negative health implications. Or am I misinformed?

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    • Hello Lydia, I understand your worry. But to be honest, it is only normal that we assume because it is squeezing the waist tight then it should have some adverse effect on our health.

      But let me put it to you this way. Waist Cinchers have been in the market for a while now. If there really is a health implication, how come there hasn’t been a halt in their production and distribution

      I believe people must criticize a brand. It’s all a part of publicity.

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      • I beg to differ, as a health professional. When it comes to weight loss and getting the shape they desire, people will ignore the risks eg taking diet pills that are just laxatives. Nobody is going to halt their production and distribution- women have been wearing some form of waist trimming girdles or corsets for centuries. Consider those risks, and decide whether you still want to wear them- don’t just call it criticism for publicity and ignore the truth in it.

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      • Hello Tobismomen, if you are right about women wearing waist cinchers for centuries then I personally don’t think there’s any need to worry about them anymore.

        Lydia was concerned about their long term effect and if people wore them centuries ago and didn’t come down with any health condition over the years then I doubt we would.

        And point of correction, there are several products even here in 9ja that are prohibited by regulatory authorities. If there truly are raw facts that prove their negative effect then there will definitely be a HALT in their production and distribution.

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  2. Thankyou@ a loco viva voce for actually talking about Sitz bath today.

    I had my own share of pain brought by this stereotype practice after the birth of my second child. I had a tear which was caused by the baby’s head and once I got back from the hospital, I started this Sitz bath thing.

    OMG, the wound from the tear got worse and after 5 days by which I usually would feel better, it felt even worse. I had to go back to the hospital. After I told the Rev. Sis who delivered my baby, she asked how I was taking care of myself (down there) and when I told her about the Sitz bath, she almost screamed my head off.
    She didn’t hold back in telling how I had been wasting my time and she warned me about the dangers including bearing the risk of my wound getting infected. What can I say, I learnt my lesson and only wiped myself clean as she instructed. Hmmm.. After 2 days only, the difference was glaring, as I was feeling well again.
    So I do agree, it’s a very unnecessary stereotype, which no one should even think about doing.

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  5. Reblogged this on A Loco Viva Voce and commented:

    Hello people, it’s THROWBACK THURSDAY. Every Thursday, I will be reblogging a post from the blog’s archives to give new readers a chance to catch up on posts they missed.

    Today’s post is the second part of how to get back in shape after having a baby.

    Read, Share and Enjoy!

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