Your first postpartum period can bring some challenges and many new mothers are not prepared. After giving birth you will have vaginal bleeding for 6-8 weeks.
This is not your period, but your lochia, which indicates that the wound within your uterus where the placenta was located is now healing. Your first postpartum period will arrive a few weeks after your lochia a has stopped.
Most prenatal classes offer information and support on pregnancy and on how to care for the baby once he or she arrives, but very little information and support is given for the mother's postpartum. This is a very important time during which you need to rest and heal.
If you gave birth naturally, you will have to deal with a sore perineum and if you had a C-section or an episiotomy, you will need to take care of yourself and allow time for your scar to heal.
If you are going to breastfeed, your milk will come in within the first 48 hours after birth and you will experience sore nipples the first week or so when the baby nurses.
The following is a list of things that you might experience and how natural health can help support you in the process of healing:
1. Postpartum Bleeding
It is normal to have vaginal bleeding after delivery. The bloody vaginal discharge is commonly called lochia and it will last normally for about six weeks.
The first week it will look like a normal period and then it will diminish gradually.
You might notice blood clots and cramping during nursing. This is quote normal after delivery, but call your doctor if you develop heavy bleeding, large clots (bigger than a golf ball), and have a fever of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher.
2. Postpartum Vaginal Soreness
You might feel a sore perineum while sitting, walking and during urination. This is quite normal and it can last from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.
3. First Postpartum Period After Giving Birth
Your first true period after giving birth will arrive within a month after your postpartum bleeding or lochia is has stopped.
If you are breastfeeding your first postpartum period will not come usually within the first 3-6 months after giving birth. You may get a very light flow, or your cycles will be irregular.
I did not get my period for over 9 months and then after 2-3 months while nursing my daughter. She was nursed until she was 36 months old. During those months my periods used to come every 2-3 months after the first year. And I got pregnant while nursing her.
Even if you are breastfeeding, you can still ovulate, so you can still get pregnant. I got pregnant with my last baby while nursing her. Yes, it does happen quite often!
4. After Pains
After pains are one of those things women are not told before, but they can make your postpartum period difficult you are not prepare. They felt just like labor uterine contractions and they can be very painful especially if you had previous pregnancies.
They can be stronger while the baby nurses and you may feel weak as a result. That is why taking postpartum remedies can help prevent or decrease this type of discomfort. Be prepared, read about what natural remedies can do to help your postpartum period.
5. Postpartum Hemorrhage
Your postpartum bleeding during the first few days after giving birth, looks very much like a really heavy period. You will also notice so e clots mixed in, which are normal. Each day as time goes by, your blood loss diminishes until you will experience a very light period and then spotting until the bleeding will stop completely.
Do not use internal tampons because of the increased risk of infections.
If your bleeding increases or you soak a pad every hour or two, call your doctor to rule out, postpartum hemorrhage.
Also, the color of the blood will be bright red initially and then it may darken to brown spotting. If you smell a foul odor or feel unwell, contact your doctor.
There are many great homeopathic remedies to help deal with postpartum healing. Consult with a homeopath or naturopath to help you select the best homeopathic remedy for postpartum healing that is good for you.
The best homeopathic remedy is Arnica. This remedy is safe, non-toxic and very, very effective.
Arnica is the most generally used postpartum homeopathic remedy. This remedies is very effective in promoting healing, controlling bleeding, reducing swelling, preventing physical and emotional shock, assisting the uterus contract and preventing infections. In this remedy picture there is weakness, a bruised feeling all over the body, soreness in the perineal area, but also the arms, legs and back feel as if bruised and very lame and sore.
This remedy has an affinity for the soft tissue and brings healing to the abdominal and pelvic internal organs. Like in Arnica, there is soreness and pain in the pelvic area that is felt more internally.
This remedy has a great affinity to the nervous system and it helps especially healing to small nervous fibbers that have been injured as a result of tearing during delivery. This will help soothe the small innervations of your vaginal area. It also soothes sciatic pain as a result of childbirth.
Excellent for surgical wounds. This remedy helps minimize the pain of incisions following episiotomy or C- section. This remedy also alps for urinary tract infections after delivery.
Very intense uterine muscle contractions with pain and amelioration by warm applications and warm drinks. Take it during your first postpartum period if painful to ease cramps.
Retained placenta, heavy bleeding and strong spasmodic contractions, aggravated by heat.
Bearing down pains, prolapsus and postpartum depression and inability to care for the baby. Prefers being left alone. Irritability with loved ones. Sepia helps bring on your postpartum period if you have not had one in months and are not breastfeeding.
This remedy is often used because of its antiseptic properties and ability to speed up wound healing and prevent infections.
This wonderful Bach Flower Essence helps in first aid situations to assist those who feel emotionally stressed out.
This remedy will calm you down when agitated or in pain. If you feel like you are going to lose control, rescue remedy can get you though the bumpy times of motherhood.
I took Rescue Remedy daily for the first week and then I took Olive for mental and physical exhaustion.
This Bach flower essence is especially useful if you feel tired, but still have to attend to your baby. I still take it when my kids weak me up in the middle of the night.