You’ve put in the months and the effort, and now you’re the proud mother of your newborn child. This is a time of joy, but it’s also a time of healing.
After childbirth comes postpartum recovery, and it’s important to take care of yourself throughout the process. For a quick, successful healing process, here are a few ways to increase comfort during postpartum recovery.
Take Care of Any Surgical Sites
If you had to have surgery during labor, you’re going to spend your first few days recovering from it. Make sure you take good care of any incisions you have from the surgery.
Keep the area clean by gently washing it with soap and water. Then, dab it dry with a clean towel. You can also apply antibiotic ointment and cover the incision—just be sure to check with your doctor first to find out what the best care options are.
Of all the ways to increase comfort during postpartum recovery, it’s most important to get enough rest. Your body has to heal, and that takes up a lot of energy. Do your best to sleep when your baby sleeps. If you don’t get enough rest, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Having someone help with errands and household chores can make a huge difference and give you some time to relax and take care of yourself.
There are a few tricks you can use to get more comfortable and help yourself sleep better. Sleep on your side or back, depending on which part of your body is most sensitive or painful. You might also want to use postpartum compression garments to give your body better support and comfort as it heals.
Ease Body Aches
Both pregnancy and labor take a toll on your body, and aches and pains are a normal part of postpartum recovery. You can ease your discomfort in a few different ways.
If your doctor prescribes pain medications, take them exactly as you were told. Hot showers or baths are good for helping your muscles relax and soothe general body aches. Heating pads are also good for relieving pain. Additionally, consider treating yourself to a massage to rejuvenate your mind and body.