– Vaginal Birth Recovery
(I never thought I would be BEGGING for peas on my whoo-haa…
and witch hazel pads could NOT be more soothing!)
Put warm water on yourself as you pee to eliminate stinging.
For the first few days, you may have to wear a diaper. (Not really, but it is a HUGE pad. So big that you will need mesh undies.) The next few days you will wear a smaller pad until you eventually will just need a panty liner.
Expect lots of bleeding (same as a vaginal delivery) and the same big huge pads that we mentioned above. But these pads are not only put “down there” but on your belly too! This helps keep your incision dry and sanitary.
I didn’t move for least 24 hours after I had baby…but I’ve heard some nurses getting my friends up after just 12 hours! I wanted to stay in bed longer but my nurse had other ideas. Getting out of bed for the first time is the WORST and you quickly realize that you need your stomach muscles for more than you thought. Although you feel like death, get up and moving as quickly as possible! The sooner you get up, the faster you will recover.
Your incision is going to look nasty. It won’t stay like that forever; I promise! And it may hurt like hell now, but once the pain goes away you will realize that your scar area is actually numb. Some women never get the feeling back around it!
Your hospital may provide you with one but just in case, get yourself a belly band. It helps keep a comfortable amount of pressure on your tummy so you don’t feel like your insides are going to fall out of your incision…plus it makes you look super skinny. This is a serious must for comfort and to reduce some of that pain!
Gabrialla Breathable Elastic Abdominal Binder for Women, Small – $31 on Amazon
Make sure to stay on top of your pain meds. Take them religiously for at least the first few weeks. Even if you THINK you are feeling better…keep at it. You don’t want the pain to catch up with you!