A very common concern pregnant women have is how their bottom will feel after birth or how to prevent tearing in the first place. We personally don’t feel like there is much that we can do to prevent tearing- sometimes it just happens, but we do have a few suggestions for helping your bum heal after you push a baby out of your vagina!
We’re going to list them out and elaborate a little on why we suggest them and you guys can always send us any questions you might have.
Hydration: We can’t stress enough how important it is to stay hydrated. It’s not only for your bum, but it certainly helps.
Fiber: This is a pretty standard recommendation and you probably don’t need us to tell you why it’s important, but we will anyway. If you don’t eat enough fiber, it’s going to make pooping more difficult and postpartum pooping is already not very fun. Just. Eat. Fiber.
Ice packs & heat packs: Again, pretty common. Cold reduces swelling and it’s best to use in the first 24 hours, and we want to switch to using heat after that. Using heat promotes better circulation which means faster healing.
Ginger: Add some grated fresh ginger to your sitz bath to relieve the itching from healing tissue.
REST!: We want you to do this anyway, because it’s important and you need to be hanging out in bed bonding with your baby. If you over do it, your postpartum bleeding will pick up and it may feel like your bottom is very swollen again.
Fresh air: Just let it all hang out. Fresh air is great for healing. Who needs pants anyway?
Herbs: Using an herbal sitz bath is really great! A few of our favorites are: comfrey, calendula, and witch hazel. They all promote healing, reduce swelling/bruising, and they are soothing.
Essential oils: I don’t necessarily want you to put essential oils on your healing bottom, but if you really want to… some people like lavender, frankicense, and myrrh in a perineal rinse. If you do this, PLEASE be sure to use a legitimate source of information for how to mix it. No one wants a burning vulva because someone added 20 too many drops to the bottle. Contact an aromatherapist.
If you have any questions or if you want to share some more suggestions, please feel free to post in the comments!