Managing pain after childbirth is fairly easy and often doesn’t last long. Some of the pain after childbirth may come as a shock to many new mothers. There is a wealth of information about how to get pregnant, getting through pregnancy and labor, but info about the after effects of childbirth varies. Managing pain after childbirth may seem like an eternity. However, some women feel better after 10 days, but it may take up to three months to fully heal. If you’re concerned about how you’ll manage pain after childbirth, read on for more tips.
Vaginal or Perineum Pain
Pain caused by incisions or tears can last up to 10 days. Take a 20 to 30 min. bath to sooth pain. You can also pair this with Motrin. If you experience any pus or blood in the area, please notify your doctor before taking any bath.
It’s important to work with a physician anesthesiologist to set up pain management for your recovery process. Mother’s should not “tough it out” after a C-section. It is important to take prescribed pain medication. Not taking pain medication can be harmful during long-term recovery. Narcotic pain medication may be prescribed for one or two days. Afterward, ibuprofen can assist with pain. Although incision pain is acute after delivery, pain may last for several months after you heal. If your incision becomes red, inflamed, bleeds, or produces pus, contact your physician.
After going through months of stretching, your uterus has to return to its normal size after childbirth. This often causes uncomfortable uterine contractions.
When your breast are overfull of milk because they are producing more milk than your baby is using, they may become firm and swollen. This can make breastfeeding hard. Relieve pain by hand expressing or a breast pump if feedings are helping. Breast may also become engorged if you aren’t breastfeeding because you want your milk to dry up. The pain will go away with time as your body adjust to your baby’s needs. Taking a warm shower or adding a warm compress for a couple of minutes before you breastfeed. Motrin or Advil may also be taken. Ibuprofen is safe for breastfeeding when taken as directed but always talk to your doctor.
If your breast is sore, red and hot to the touch, you may have a bacterial infection labeled as mastitis. You’ll need to talk to your doctor and receive a prescription for antibiotics.
You’ll experience a change in hormones along with stress and sleeplessness as a new mother. It’s common to experience headaches. It can be due to exhaustion, but also due to dehydration. Try hydrating yourself with water. Avoid caffeinated beverages.
Joint and Lower Back Pain
Joints are often impacted by the chemical changes due to pregnancy. Pain in your hands, wrists, feet and ankles are common mostly due to pregnancy weight gain and retained fluids. As the fluids disappear, be sure to look for signs of blood clots. If you experience redness or tenderness, please seek medical attention. Lower back pain is very common during and after pregnancy due to the abdomen expanding and destabilizing the lower back. Adding a warm compress or a brace for your wrist can help relieve pain. Muscular and joint pain does go away.
Postpartum Vaginal Dryness
Postpartum vaginal dryness is a common condition after pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about possibly using an estrogen vaginal cream.
Managing pain after childbirth doesn’t have to be tedious. Remember, your body went through several changes during pregnancy and will take time to recover. Take it easy and try to be patient. You’ll feel like your normal self in no time.