It's one of the biggest challenges as a doula for my clients. Convincing them that their oostoartum begins with rest.
Go SITZ down somewhere!!
No like really, your postpartum is a time of rest especially immediately after childbirth.
You move a lil different!
Of course it will be a bit sore down there after having a babee but we are staying on top of care by preparing with holistic traditions to transition into your postpartum smoother.
First of all, honey, I truly hope you are exercising the 5-5-5- postpartum guide for new mothers. We are doing everything with ease and flow. So...
Five days IN the bed.
Five days AROUND the bed.
Five days OUTSIDE of the bedroom.
Matrescense is a slow transformation and you should glide into it well fed and loved on but also physically aiding your body in the healing process. Especially that vagina. It's performed magnificently to bring your babee Earthside so now we must thank her and care for her too.
Go SITZ down somewhere Honey!!
Postpartum sitz baths are a great way for new mothers to soothe their discomfort after childbirth and relax. Learning your new babee takes patience and calm environments especially if you're breastfeeding. We catching cues right, honey!!
I gift all of my birthing honeys a Partum Me Honey box exclusively for after birth care. It includes Raspberry Leaf Tea, Herbal Sitz bath and Moringa Powder tea. A sitz bath is a warm, shallow bath taken in a bath tub or used in a sitz basin which fits over a normal toilet.
HONEY!!! Even if you haven't had any babees THIS soak right here should be apart of your routine wellness rituals. Consult with a professional to determine any contraindications with your medical history. Keep read in below for directions.
Before beginning a postpartum sitz bath, it is important to speak with a health care practitioner to ensure that it is safe for you to do so. Some medical conditions may require that alternative treatments be used instead of a sitz bath.
To prepare a sitz bath:
1. Clean the tub or basin: Ensure it's clean to avoid infections.
2. Warm water: Fill the bath tub with warm water, around hip level.
3. Optional additives: Add Epsom salt or a mild, unscented cleanser if recommended by your practitioner or healthcare provider.
4. Temperature check: Ensure the water is comfortably warm, not too hot.
5. Time and frequency: Soak for about 15-20 minutes, 2-3 times a day, or as advised by your healthcare professional. If using a toilet place herbal bath in sitz basin or stainless steel pot and place it inside of your toilet. Sit over the toilet 15-20 minutes and repeat the steps above.
6. Dry gently: Pat the area dry with a soft towel afterward.
Always consult with your healthcare provider for personalized guidance based on your postpartum needs.
Go SITZ down somewhere Honey!!
The use of warm water in a sitz bath is said to provide relief from the discomfort of episiotomies, hemorrhoids, and perineal tears after childbirth. The warm water helps to relax the muscles of the lower torso and soothe the perineal area. Additionally, the use of essential oils, such as lavender or chamomile, can help to further relax the body and reduce discomfort.
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Additionally, always ensure that the water is at a safe temperature. Water that is too hot could cause burns or other serious injuries.
Postpartum sitz baths can also be used as part of an overall postpartum recovery plan.
Consider visiting a pelvic floor therapist to incorporate pelvic floor exercises and kegels into your routine for improved comfort and overall well-being.
Postpartum sitz baths are an easy and safe way to provide relief after childbirth, honey!! Speak with your health care provider to ensure that this type of treatment is right for you..
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***this blog is not a replacement for medical advice***