How To Look After Your Vagina After Birth

Mamalette have you just given birth? Congratulations.

If you have just had a baby through vaginal delivery, give yourself and your vagina a huge round of applause! Your vagina and body has just had a big workout and now it’s time for recuperation and recovery.

You will naturally be sore and swollen in your private are and if you have had an intervention of some sort, you may have stitches from and episiotomy or tearing, have grazing the thought of touching and cleaning the area will be about as enticing as pouring lemon juice on a fresh wound. Sorry.

The condition of your vagina, perineum and rectum after childbirth depends a lot on your particular birth experience. So if you pushed out an 6kg baby and tore badly, you’re going to have a tougher recovery than if baby is smaller and your perineum stayed intact.

Expect lots of bleeding and some general soreness. Post partum bleeding can be compared to a heavy period and may last for a few weeks. Also no matter how long you pushed for, expect some swelling. You can also expect small contractions and occasional gushes of blood, especially when you breastfeed. But don’t let this scare you out. It means your uterus shrinking back to its normal size. In addition, you may have some trouble defecating, and you’ll probably pee a few times on yourself. So be on guard.

If you have any stitches from tearing, expect them to first be sore and then a little itchy. Most stitches reabsorb in about three weeks. Later, you’ll have some scar tissue, but chances are you will probably never notice.

There are a few things you can do to help your stitches heal and reduce the swelling and pain:

  • It’s important to keep your stitches clean. This will reduce the chance of getting an infection. Change your sanitary pads frequently and wash your hands before and afterwards.
  • Whenever you go to the toilet, take a bowl of water to which you’ve added a little antiseptic recommended by your doctor. Pour it slowly over your stitches while you’re sitting on the toilet seat.
  • Once or twice daily, you can sit in a tub of warm water to which you have added antiseptic. The warm water will soothe the area and help with the swelling while the antiseptic will help keep germs and infections away. A lot of Nigerian mothers in our forum recommend sitting on a bucket of hot water and dettol. The steam is thought to help you heal the wounds or stitches that you may have. Make sure you gently pat dry the area after. The drier the stitches remain, the faster they will heal. Some women also sit on hard stools to reduce the swelling.
  • As far as cleaning goes, gentle vaginal cleansing when you take a bath at least once daily and cleaning with clean water each time you use the toilet is what is required. Try to remember to do your pelvic floor exercises. Do them as soon as you can after the birth, and to keep on doing them. They will increase blood flow to the area and speed the healing process.
  • If you notice pain during bowel movements and feel swelling near your anus, you might have hemorrhoids i.e. stretched and swollen veins in the anus or lower rectum. To ease any discomfort while the hemorrhoids heal, take steps to keep your stools soft and regular. Eat foods high in fiber including fruits, vegetables and whole grains and drink plenty of water. Also talk to your doctor about any pain or discomfort you may be feeling.
  • The first few times you have to pass a stool, hold a clean wad of toilet paper against your perineum. This will protect your stitches, and stop you feeling that your stitches are going to split (they won’t, by the way). If you’re suffering from constipation, ask your doctor for a mild laxative to soften your stools.
  • Contact your doctor straight away if your stitches become more painful or smelly. This could be the sign of an infection.
  • At this stage it is advisable to relax as much as is possible and not put pressure on your vaginal area by sitting for too long, laying down to feed your baby helps too. The less pressure the better.

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Avocado Is Good For Pregnant Women

Since I’ve known the beauty benefits of eating avocado, I don’t only eat it, after scooping out the inside and eating it with salt, I’ll rub some on my face and I tell you, it’s doing a lot for my skin. Recently, I stumbled on a study which found that avocado have a lot of benefits for pregnant women, it makes sense. The benefits of avocado is numerous and it keeps increasing, avocados are full of good fat, remember pregnant women are advised to take foods rich in folic acid when pregnant?

Good news is, avocado is a great source of folate, and especially important during the first 3 months of your pregnancy. A new study, published in the journal Nutrients, looked at the role of avocados in the diets of pregnant and lactating women. According to the study

“Avocados are unique among fruits and vegetables in that, by weight, they contain much higher amounts of the key nutrients folate and potassium, which are normally under-consumed in maternal diets. “Avocados also contain higher amounts of several non-essential compounds, such as fiber, mono-unsaturated fats, and lipid-soluble antioxidants, which have all been linked to improvements in maternal health, birth outcomes and/or breast milk quality“. Currently, US dietary advice applies only to those aged two years and above.

As to how much avocados you can eat in a day, this is what a reproductive specialist and nutritionist Doctor Andrew Orr says, “You actually can’t eat too many of them! They are full of good fats (omega oils), protein, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins and more. They’re great as a meal on their own, in green smoothies, desserts, dips… I love using them for breakfast!” He adds, “On a traditional Chinese medicine level, avocado is nourishing to both the womb and the baby. Avocado should definitely be eaten during pregnancy – and it’s a great food for fertility too”

So what’s stopping you from eating avocados every single day? It’s affordable, as you can get one for as low as #50 and you can make delicious meals out of it, I love love love guacamole.

Here are 4 delicious recipes you can try;

1. Avocado On Toast

This is simple to make and filling if you use wheat bread, mash or slice the avocado on toast. Use wheat bread as it’s healthier and  there are other ways to eat your avocado.

2. Avocado Salad 

Salad is not only healthy but you’re taking most of your nutrients all in one meal, add avocado to your salad mix to make it even more healthier. Trust me when I say avocado taste great in salad.

3. Guacamole

Guacamole is not only simple to make but delicious! To prepare, mash up an avocado, then add some lime and salt to taste (or skip the salt altogether). You can eat guacamole with boiled eggs, noodles and what have you. 

4. Baked Egg In An Avocado

Baked eggs in avocados tastes heavenly! Cut your avocado into two, remove the seed inside, place it on a bowl making sure it’s balanced so it doesn’t tip over. Then crack two eggs in a bowl, make sure the yolk doesn’t split, then spoon the two yolks into the centre of each avocado hole, add egg white until each hole is full. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 220C (425F) until the eggs are cooked. You can choose to season with salt, pepper or anything you like.It’s a delicious delight.


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