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What is the deal with the internet that has volumes on every last thing under the sun but where you have to go to the farthest reaches of medical academia to find any info on the stuff that ALL OF THE MOMMAS go through?! Like, every single momma. Even if you delivered via c-section, pooping and such is no joke. This is an every woman story, and I just don’t understand how the vaginal decimation of birth is so horrifying that it gets less interwebs coverage than, for example, every last thing the Kardashians are doing. Really, Internet. It’s 2016. We can talk about these things.
So talk we will. And we’ll get more specific, too, if you're looking for info on, say, prolapse issues or hematomas or other joyful experiences that so many of us deal with for our littles. There is much more to come, but let this brief and easy tip list be the definitive guide for all things perineal. If you’re aching down there, you will find relief here, for starters. Let's get to it, shall we? The best ways to love your heroic babymakers:
This spray, ya'll. Make yourself some. And print out the adorable label too, for the awesome quote on it. Use it multiple times a day as needed for relief. :)
For tears, hematomas, injuries: If you need to bring out the big guns…this is the biggest of all the guns. Mix helichrysum oil with some Fractionated Coconut Oil and if available, a few drops of frankincense oil (1 part essential oil to 2-3 parts FCO). Apply 3-5 times daily to your injured areas, or as needed. This stuff will take care of you. A few notes: Helichrysum oil is categorized by the FDA as GRAS (generally regarded as safe) for ingestion. That said, there is very little research on the use of essential oils inside the birth canal or other bodily orifices; as a result, I would stick to using it (and any other essential oils) topically.
Sitz baths are slightly less comfortable over the toilet (as opposed to a bath, which basically equates to a trip to the spa in momma-land.) Do what you have time for; either will work. If you don't have time to make your own, you can always purchase some.
Ice packs in the right places can do wonders to reduce swelling and give serious relief to the pain. Give these pads a try, or you can soak and freeze regular menstrual pads to make ice packs at home. You can also use regular flexible ice packs. Put 'em right into your unders, and try to take it easy while icing.
5. On staying clean
Use a peri bottle full of warm water or a Fridababy Fridet to do most of the cleaning. When you need more: flushable wipes (in a wipe warmer, preferably) will do the job much more gently than regular toilet paper.
Straight up STOP MOVING. Sit down. Lay down. Relaaaax. No shame. It is exactly what you should be doing. This is the actual way to healing, inconvenient as it may be. Rest up, momma. You've earned it.
*If any of the ingredients are new to you, be sure to test out a small amount somewhere other than your perineum. As always, use extreme caution with essential oils, and always properly dilute.