When Abbey gave birth to Lilah, she turned to me and asked why I didn’t warn her that labour and birth would be like it was, but I don’t think that anyone or anything can prepare you for the experience.
From the early days of pregnancy with sickness and nausea, then having irritated and stretched skin, to perineal swelling and bruising and cracked nipples after birth, motherhood can be tough, especially if you have had interventions too.
One thing that Abbey has found really helpful is the My Expert Midwife range of products, particularly after having to have an episiotomy.
My Expert Midwife creates multi-award-winning skincare products and toiletries for pregnancy, new mums and babies.
Spritz for Bits is an award-winning hospital bag essential for instant post-birth relief for your sore vulva and perineum, and for recovery. Because this product was developed by experienced midwives, they know just how the body feels after birth – sore and swollen because of stretching, bruising and swelling of the perineum, even if you don’t have a tear or episiotomy.
Spritz for Bits contains natural essential oils which can help to soothe discomfort after childbirth. They have included lavender oil which relieves pain, tea tree oil which is reported to be antibacterial, and witch hazel to help reduce swelling and bruising.
Spritz for Bits feels pleasantly cool where you’re sore and is lightly fragranced to make you feel fresher and the no-mess dispenser even sprays upside-down.
Helpful tips for recovering from an Episiotomy
1. Take painkillers such as paracetamol can help relieve pain and are safe to use if you’re breastfeeding.
2. Using a doughnut-shaped cushion or squeezing your buttocks together while you’re sitting to help relieve pressure and pain at the site of your cut
3. placing an ice pack or ice cubes wrapped in a towel on the incision can help relieve soreness and reduce swelling (avoid placing ice directly on to your skin as this could cause damage)
4. Take a jug of warm (not hot) water with you to the toilet and pour as you wee (or just after), to help take away the sting
5. If you’re passing a stool, place a clean pad at the site of the cut and press gently as you poo. This can help relieve pressure on the cut
6. Use Spritz for Bits to soothe by either spraying on the perineal area, or alternatively, spray onto a tissue and wipe the area, or spray onto a clean maternity pad. It gives you instant relief, giving a warming, soothing sensation.
7. For extra relief, keep Spritz for Bits in the fridge or pour a little into your bath
8. When wiping your bottom, make sure you wipe gently from front to back, helping prevent bacteria in your anus infecting the cut and surrounding tissue
9. If you are worried that your wound may be infected, contact your midwife or doctor immediately. For more advice see: www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/episiotomy/
Did you have to have an episiotomy – what did you find helped you?