Postpartum Care Tips After Vaginal Delivery

Postpartum Care Tips After Vaginal Delivery

postpartum Jul 08, 2024

Welcoming a new baby into the world is an incredible and life-changing experience, but it's also essential to prioritize your physical recovery after a vaginal delivery. Your body has undergone tremendous changes, and providing it with the proper care and attention is crucial for a smooth and successful postpartum healing process.

In this blog post, we'll explore essential postpartum care tips to help you navigate the journey after a vaginal delivery, ensuring that you can focus on bonding with your little one while taking care of yourself.

Rest and Relaxation

After the intense experience of childbirth, your body needs time to recover and heal. Make sure to get plenty of rest and allow yourself to relax as much as possible. Don't hesitate to ask for help from family and friends, as taking care of a newborn can be exhausting. 

Pain Management and Discomfort Relief

It's common to experience discomfort, swelling, and pain in the perineal area after a vaginal delivery. Use cold packs or sitz baths (shallow baths that allow you to soak your perineal area) to alleviate these symptoms. Your healthcare provider may also recommend over-the-counter pain medication or topical treatments to help with the healing process.

Pelvic Floor Exercises

Working with a pelvic floor physical therapist can help strengthen the muscles & can improve issues like incontinence. Following the guidance of your healthcare provider or a pelvic floor physical therapist & continue the exercises as recommended. 

Hydration and Nutrition

Staying hydrated and consuming a balanced, nutrient-rich diet is essential for postpartum recovery. Drink plenty of fluids and include a variety of whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, to support your healing process and overall well-being. Eating enough protein, vitamins and minerals can speed up the healing process. 

Follow-up Appointments

Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider, including your six-week postpartum check-up. These appointments are crucial for monitoring your healing progress, addressing any concerns, and receiving personalized guidance on your postpartum care.

Remember, the postpartum period is a time of significant physical and emotional changes. Be patient with yourself, listen to your body, and don't hesitate to seek support from healthcare professionals or loved ones. With proper care and self-compassion, you'll navigate this journey with strength and grace.

Your postpartum recovery is just as important as your baby's well-being. Join other mamas inside The Postpartum Shift and gain access to comprehensive guidance, meal plans, and expert tips to support your healing process after birth, all while maintaining a balanced diet and nurturing your breastfeeding journey.

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Hey mama,

I'm Brooke Miller,

Before becoming a mom, I chronically dieted & thought "eat less, move more" was the healthiest option. I dealt with exhaustion, mood swings, hormone imbalances (not getting a regular cycle), high cholesterol and weight cycling. I felt like something was wrong with me.

Before I got pregnant with my first son, I discovered the balanced nutrition approach I teach inside The Postpartum Shift. Once I implemented the framework, I was energized, gained strength, got my period back, lowered my cholesterol & maintained my healthiest weight. I continued this during my pregnancies & postpartum periods and recovered quickly after birth, made more than enough milk for my babies, had energy (even with the sleep deprivation) & stable mood. Postpartum was really enjoyable.

With a decade of experience as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Lactation Counselor, I created The Postpartum Shift to help moms boost energy, mood, metabolism & milk supply to have a stress-free & enjoyable postpartum experience.



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