The Importance of Lochia

December 02, 2017 07:33 PM

After giving birth, a woman usually goes through a period of bleeding, medically known as lochia. During this time, a woman must take care of her physical and psychological well-being to speed up the healing process.

 

Relaxing and Resting:

After delivering your baby, you are expected to stay at the hospital for two days minimum. During this time, you should try to relax and sleep before going home and starting to take care of your baby.

Once you are back home from the hospital, make sure to take your time and ask for help from your family while taking care of your new baby. After regaining your strength, you can begin to think of the chores and usual household activities you need to do.

 

Perineum Soreness and Stitches:

Whether you have given birth through natural birth or a cesarean operation, any stitches will require your attention for safe healing, such as keeping them clean to avoid infection.

For your body to heal, try soaking your body in warm water.

Remember to clean the stitches area when changing your sanitary pads regularly, and if necessary use an ice pad to help alleviate your pain.

Monitor yourself, and in case you notice any symptoms such as redness, fluids oozing, or even high fever, make sure to visit your doctor immediately.

 

Nutrition:

  • Make sure to stay hydrated to help recover the fluids your body lost while giving birth. Drinking sufficient amounts of fluid will have several health benefits for you, such as preventing constipation and increasing lactation.
  • Make sure that you include ingredients that are rich in fiber to your diet such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains to decrease the likelihood of constipation.
  • Try to maintain a well-balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals, especially high-protein ingredients such as fish, meats, and poultry.
  • Maintain high level of iron by eating large amounts of leafy greens such as spinach or red meat.
  • Avoid eating foods that increases the amount of gas in your intestines such as cauliflower, cabbages, or beans as they can be transferred to your child while breastfeeding.
  • Drink plenty of hot fluids like anise or chamomile tea, as they help reduce the gassiness sensation while improving the lactation process.
  • Make sure to take your multivitamins, vitamin-D, and Iron to avoid any health problems or anemia.

 

Psychological Side Effects:

It is common for women to experience moodiness and hormonal changes after delivering a baby. The female body experiences severe changes during and after pregnancy, and the hormones require time to stabilize and go back to normal.

However, if you feel you are severely depressed, you may be experiencing postnatal depression. You may feel like you are not willing to take care of your child or be near him/her, as well as an incredibly high sensitivity associated with appetite loss and lack of sleep. If you notice any of these symptoms, you may want to consult with a therapist as it could affect your daily life with your family.

 

References:

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/

http://www.arhp.org/

world health organization