Postnatal Pain Relief
Postnatal recovery tips for c-section births and vagina births.
So, you’ve just endured the marathon that is child-birth! Well done Mumma!
You’re home now with your gorgeous little one and it hurts to do regular things like go for a wee or a poo and if you’ve had a c-section it may feel a bit scary to lift, bend and even stand.
These things have to be done and there are ways to make everything feel a little more comfortable.
Take a look at our postnatal recovery tips below to relieve your pain and make everything feel a little bit better…
- – Use a rocking chair when resting to help release gas.
- – Bite or chew on 2-3 Fennel Seeds* to relieve gas, bloating and cramps.
- – Drink fennel seed tea.
Fennel Tea Instructions:
- – Add 1/2 teaspoon of dried fennel seeds to a cup and pour hot water over it.
- – Make sure you do not boil the fennel seeds as this will kill most of its nutrients.
- – Cover and let it rest for 10 minutes (you will get a light yellow infusion).
*Fennel also increases breast milk production
If you are bruised and inflamed then urination can be really painful.
- – Fill a small squirt bottle with cooled water – take this to the toilet when you go for a wee and during urination squirt the water to the perineum area.
– Put some chilled water into a non-latex condom to use as a cold pack for the perineum area.
- – Stay hydrated – drink lots of water to keep everything moving.
- – Drink a prune juice shot.
– Eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, salad and wholegrains.
- The tips above will also help with piles.
Optimum Position for Doing your Business
Elevate your feet so that your knees are higher than your hips (use 2 toilet rolls, yoga blocks or toddler steps)
Lean forward slightly with a straight spine
Relax your stomach
DO NOT strain, push or hold your breath – instead make a “grrr” or “shhh” sound.
- – Take deep breaths to get oxygen pumping around your body and to your healing areas.
- – Hold a rolled-up towel onto your tummy when you poop, cough, sneeze and go from sitting to standing.
- – Try to brace your stomach muscles and then exhale as you lift baby or go from sitting to standing up (exhale on every exertion).