Your body has gone through some astounding changes over the last 9 months, and recovering from birth is something that does not get spoken amount too often. Whether you have given birth vaginally or have had a caesarean section your body will need time to recover. A normal recovery period is typically 6 weeks, although each mum is different so recovery times can be different for everyone.
Lochia is postpartum bleeding and will happen to every woman whether you have given birth vaginally or via caesarean section. Lochia can feel like a heavy period and is made up of uterus tissue, mucus and leftover blood. Lochia usually lasts for six weeks and will start heavy before turning lighter. If you are worried about the flow of your lochia or if you experience large clots then speak to your midwife.
If you had stitches (either after tearing, having an episiotomy or a caesarean section) it is important to bathe them every day in order to prevent an infection. Usually, your stitches will have dissolved by the time your wound is healed but they can be painful during the recovery period. We recommend taking a painkiller if you feel you need to, but if you are breastfeeding please check with your midwife before you take any over the counter medication. You can also use our Bottoms Up (soothing bottom spray) or Pure Bliss (soothing postnatal compress solution) to help ease any discomfort and to aid in the healing process.
It may take some time before you are able to make a bowel movement after birth so it is important to ensure you are eating a healthy diet including fruit, vegetables and wholegrains to ensure you do not get constipated and strain. If you are suffering from piles (which are common post-birth) adapting your diet as above will help, as well as ensuring you are drinking plenty of water. If you are struggling with constipation that won’t go away then speak to your midwife who will be able to assist you.
You may also notice that you leak wee when you laugh or cough, this is completely normal and pelvic floor exercises can help with this.
If your breasts feel achy after giving birth a good supportive nursing bra will help. You may also experience cracked and sore nipples (especially if you are breastfeeding) which you can treat with creams (always ensure the product you use is intended for nipples and is safe to use when breastfeeding). Our Bosom Buddies can also help with engorged, sore breasts.