Recovering from childbirth: what to expect and what you’ll need

Giving birth is a major physical and emotional event that can leave you feeling tired, sore, and overwhelmed. Whether you have a c-section or a vaginal delivery, your body will need time to recover and heal. In this article, we’ll cover what you can expect after giving birth and provide some suggestions for products that may help with your recovery.

C-section Recovery

If you have a c-section, you’ll need to stay in the hospital for a few days to recover. During this time, you’ll receive pain relief medication to help with any discomfort, and you’ll be encouraged to move around and start walking as soon as possible. This will help to prevent blood clots and improve your circulation.

Once you’re home, you’ll need to take things slowly and listen to your body. Avoid lifting heavy objects and avoid strenuous activities, such as running or lifting weights, until your healthcare provider gives you the okay.

Here are some products that may help with your c-section recovery:

  • Abdominal binder or support belt: This type of garment provides support to the abdominal muscles and helps to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Stool softener or laxative: These medications can help to prevent constipation, which is common after a c-section.
  • Pain relief medication: Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, can help to alleviate pain and discomfort.
  • Perineal ice pack: This type of cold pack can be applied to the perineal area to reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Postpartum pads: These disposable pads are designed to absorb blood and other bodily fluids after childbirth.

Vaginal delivery recovery

If you have a vaginal delivery, you’ll be able to go home within a few hours or days, depending on your individual circumstances. During this time, you’ll be encouraged to move around and start walking as soon as possible. This will help to prevent blood clots and improve your circulation.

Once you’re home, you’ll need to take things slowly and listen to your body. Avoid lifting heavy objects and avoid strenuous activities, such as running or lifting weights, until your healthcare provider gives you the okay.

Here are some products that may help with your vaginal delivery recovery:

  • Perineal ice pack: This type of cold pack can be applied to the perineal area to reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Stool softener or laxative: These medications can help to prevent constipation, which is common after childbirth.
  • Pain relief medication: Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, can help to alleviate pain and discomfort.
  • Topical ointment or spray: Products such as lanolin cream or witch hazel spray can help to soothe and protect the skin in the perineal area.

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