The postpartum period begins after the delivery of your baby and ends when your body has nearly returned to its pre-pregnant state. This period often lasts 6 to 8 weeks.
The postpartum period involves your moving through many changes, both emotionally and physically. You are also learning how to deal with all the changes needed with becoming a new mother. The postpartum period also involves you and your partner learning how to care for your newborn and learning how to function as a changed family unit. You need to take good care of yourself to rebuild your strength. You will need plenty of rest, good nutrition, and help during the first few weeks. Post natal period has special importance in woman’s lives because it is when womanhood suddenly expands & takes the beautiful & lovely transition into motherhood. During this time women need an extra care and support due to their bodily changes. Traditional mruduabyangam provides relaxation to the body & tranquility to the mind it alleviates stress also comforts & calms sadness or depression caused by hormonal changes in mothers. Postpartum belly binding will be helpful to avoid sagging of uterine muscles. This will be supportive in the re-positioning of your abdomen. Fumigation procedures will absorbs over moistness from our body both internally & externally and keep your body bacteria free. Traditional herbal bath is one among the important feature of post partum care called vethu kuli, it’s a medicinal hot water bath that nourishes the body to ease the difficulties of delivery & helps to reduce swelling, edema etc from the body, soon after the delivery a mother should give prior importance to her wound ; in general the mode of delivery has classified into -2, one is vaginal delivery & the other one is cesarean.
Normal Delivery- right medio lateral episiotomic stitches are very common vagainal delivery. This postpartum healing needs 7 to 10 days after your babys birth . we can follow some ayurvedic ways like vagainal fumigations, ayurvedic sitzbath etc for easy healing. In this hectic lifestyle most of the mothers are loosing this opurtunity of care, acharyas discussed this under the topic SOOTHIKA PARICHARYA . This paricharya advises proper postnatal care routines such as abyangam,dhoomapanam,stretch mark care,post depression care etc. Authentic ayurvedic treatments under expert doctors and therapist will help to attain health & immunity for a great and wounderful future.
C-sectio –comparing with episiotomic wound, cesarean scar need around 14 to 18 days to start sade from red to pink. This scarwill be having around 10-12 cm length & usually just below the bikiniline. Get plenty of rest,keep the area of wound dry always, watch for the signs of infection ,keep the area of wound dry always,watch for the signs of infection, keep the wound area clean by washing it with mild soap and water, get support for breastfeeding etc are the basic managements your body needs for recovery .
After gaining 20% to 30% of healing we can depends on ayurveda for the complete ayurvedic after delivery care. Soothika paricharana is a traditional method to protect the health of a healthy mother. It’s a great way to enjoy some relaxing time & relive any discomforts. Prasavaraksha helps to restore and revitalizes mothers after delivery care. Soon after gaining the healing you should take care of certain things which are mentioned below.
Contractions, Bleeding, and Pain
Once you deliver, the heavy contractions are over. But your uterus still needs to contract to shrink back to its normal size and prevent heavy bleeding. Breastfeeding also helps the uterus contract. These contractions may be somewhat painful but they are important.
As your uterus becomes firmer and smaller, you are less likely to have heavier bleeding. Blood flow should gradually decrease during your first day. You may notice a few smaller clots passing when your nurse presses on your uterus to check it.
For some women, the bleeding does not slow down and may even become heavier. This may be caused by a small piece of placenta that remains in the lining of your uterus. Rarely a minor surgery is needed to remove it.
Care of the Vagina and Perineum
The area between your vagina and rectum is called the perineum. Even if you did not have a tear or an episiotomy, the area may be swollen and somewhat tender.
To relieve pain or discomfort:
- Ask your nurses to apply ice packs right after you give birth. Using ice packs in the first 24 hours after birth decreases the swelling and helps with the pain.
- Take warm baths, but wait until 24 hours after you have given birth. Also, use clean linens and towels and make sure the bathtub is clean each time you use it.
- Take medicine like ibuprofen to relieve pain.
Some women are worried about bowel movements after delivery. You may receive stool softeners.
Passing urine may hurt during the first day. Most often this discomfort goes away in a day or so.
Caring for Your Baby
Holding and caring for your new infant is exciting. Most women feel that it makes up for the long journey of pregnancy and the pain and discomfort of labor. Nurses and breastfeeding specialists are available to answer questions and help you.
Keeping your baby in the room with you helps you to bond with your new family member. If the baby must go to the nursery for health reasons, use this time and rest as much as you can. Taking care of a newborn is a full-time job and can be tiring.
Some women feel sadness or an emotional letdown after delivery. These feelings are common and are nothing to feel ashamed about. Talk with your health care provider, nurses, and partner.
The mother should observe carefully soon after the delivery , the condition of the mother like ; blood pressure,pulse & temperature etc are very important along with general-well being.