August 18, 2016
After you give birth, there is some healing to do! Even with the most smooth birth imaginable, the muscles and tissues of your pelvic floor, vaginal canal, and the perineum get quite a stretching, and sometimes even tear a little bit.
The good news? This is completely normal, and those tissues are designed to withstand the pressure and stretching, and even tear a little bit if needed to help make way for the baby, and then heal itself.
However, for those first few days and weeks, you are going to want to take care of yourself, and fine some relief for the soreness down there. As your doulas, we share many tips with you to help you for those first few days and weeks of recovery. Below we demonstrate one of those tips: how to use a baby diaper to create a cool, flexible soothing compress for your perineum after birth. The absorbent layer inside of the diaper is perfect for catching melting ice, so you can get relief with less mess.
Let us know if you try it, or if you have any other great tips and tricks to share with other new moms recovering from childbirth!