Postpartum Care: Take Care of Yourself
After delivering your baby you need to be back on track. Your body also needs to recover, so taking care of yourself is very important. Below are some tips for postpartum care.
Postpartum Care - Prepare for the Surroundings
The ideal room temperature for newborn babies is 20 degrees Celsius. As for pregnant women, the ideal room temperature would be 22 degrees Celsius. Since that you need to gradually get back on track to your daily life based on your level of physical recovery, lying and staying in your room for a long time is not beneficial for your recovery. You should maintain moderate room temperature instead of overheating.
Humidity levels should be maintained at 50-70%. When the level of humidity drops, you can take advantage of humidifier or place a bowl of water in the room. You can prepare a humidifier in advance. After all, a bowl of water is of limited use in increasing humidity levels. In case that the humidity level rises, you can utilize a dehumidifier or air conditioner to dehumidify.
You should open up the windows once or twice a day to have your room completely ventilated. In order to create a dust-free environment, use a vacuum cleaner for cleaning purposes. Also be sure to dry any quilt or comforter sets used by pregnant women under the sun for at least one or two days to kill germs. Furthermore, mop your floor frequently. To keep your indoor environment clean, wipe away dust on furniture and places which are usually overlooked.
Creating a Better Living Environment
Although it may differ by individual, 10-12 hours of sleep is ideal. Also, a nap a day is advisable. It takes approximately 2 weeks for your uterus (womb) to shrink back to its normal size and position. In order to avoid a retroverted uterus (tilted womb), sleeping on your stomach is best for your posture. However, if you give birth by a cesarean section (C-Section), it’s not appropriate for you to sleep on your stomach since your wound hasn’t yet healed. Lie on your side whenever possible and switch your posture frequently.
It’s better for women after delivery to sleep on the floor since the resilience of mattresses are not beneficial for the waist and spine balancing. Apply a carpet with moderate thickness to sleep on, along with a moderately thin blanket or comforter.
You can take a simple shower 2-3 days after a natural pregnancy labor and delivery, if no complications develop. In case of C-Section, you can take a shower after your surgical sutures are removed. Soak your towel in warm water before showering and wipe your whole body with it afterwards. Since you have sweat a lot, wipe your breasts, upper body, and then lower body. Don’t expose your surgical site to water.
In summer, use warm water to shower. Conversely, in winter, use hot water to increase the bathroom temperature and then you can go ahead and take a shower after that. If you want to soak yourself in the bathtub, do it 4 weeks post-delivery and consult your gynecologist before doing so. During postpartum recovery, avoid public baths and hot springs. It’s much safer to go to them after 3 months post-delivery. As the vagina is still weak after delivery, potentially inflammation might occur due to showering. If you really want to bath, wipe your body with warm towels instead of showering.
As for washing your hair, you can obtain assistance from others for2-3 days post-delivery. If you would like to wash your hair by yourself, it must be done after 3 weeks when your vagina is recovered.
Washing Hands & Brushing Teeth
These are the basics of hygiene management. You have to use clean water and soap to wash your hands after you use the toilet. According to the folk customs, you cannot be exposed to water a few days post-delivery, hence it is quite normal to be in the situations where even hands are not washed. During puerperium, your immune system is more vulnerable than ever, which means you’re susceptible to bacterial infections. Therefore, the basic hygiene management is strongly recommended.
Lots of people believe that brushing their teeth can cause teeth and wrists discomfort. Hence, there are many cases of giving up teeth-brushing. However, without regular teeth cleaning after delivery, you may be prone to periodontal disease.
Clothing for the Postpartum Period
Place napkins under your bra because your breast secretes fluid during lactation period. Additionally, it’s even more advisable to prepare 2-3 extra bras specially designed for lactation. Wear panties that are made of cotton which provides higher absorbing ability. You should have some spare panties to prepare for cases of excess fluid secretion during lactation period post-delivery. Make sure not to wear tight undergarments because it can lead to puerperal fever, even causing bacterial vaginosis (BV) or C-Section inflammation.
Clothing made of cotton with good absorbing ability, gentle texture and flexibility is ideal. Eliminate clothing with buttons and zippers since they are harmful to children. Besides that, wearing belts or waist braces will disturb flatulence elimination, thus it is advisable to wear loose maternity clothes. In winter, it is recommended to wear more layers of easily-removable thinner clothes, rather than lesser layer of thick clothes. You should wear socks to keep your feet warm. Wear soft shoes that have low heels in order not to hurt your spine and pelvis. You can also continue to wear the shoes which are catered for uses during pregnancy period.