Giving birth is a transformative experience that can leave new mothers feeling both physically and emotionally drained. And while some may dismiss it as an old wives' tale, postpartum baths are actually an essential part of postpartum recovery that can provide significant benefits for new mothers.
MIND & SPIRIT CONCERNS
A postpartum bath can help to promote relaxation and reduce stress. The warm water can help to soothe sore muscles and relieve tension, allowing new mothers to feel more relaxed and at ease. This can be particularly beneficial for those who are struggling with postpartum depression or anxiety.
Another benefit of postpartum baths is that they can help to improve blood flow and circulation. After giving birth, the body may be more prone to blood clots, and a warm bath can help to promote healthy blood flow and reduce the risk of clotting.
Postpartum baths can also be a wonderful opportunity for new mothers to take some time for themselves and practice self-care. After spending months focusing on the needs of their growing baby, a postpartum bath can be a chance for new mothers to prioritize their own well-being and relaxation.
On the flip side… postpartum baths can also be a great way for new mothers to bond with their babies. Many new mothers choose to take a bath with their babies, which can provide a calming and nurturing environment for both mother and child. This can be particularly helpful for new mothers who are struggling with breastfeeding or bonding with their baby.
Here are some common postpartum problems that new mothers may experience:
- Episiotomy/Perineal Healing: One of the main benefits of a postpartum bath is that it can help to ease discomfort and promote healing in the perineal area. The perineum can be strained or torn during childbirth. A warm bath can help to reduce swelling and inflammation in this area, as well as alleviate pain and discomfort. La Lyra Postpartum Recovery Bath is designed for all the above conditions, but can also assist with perineal healing*, especially when used without the salts.
- Breast Tenderness and Engorgement: As the milk supply comes in, new mothers may experience breast tenderness and engorgement. Breasts may become swollen, painful, and feel heavy. Applying warm compresses or taking warm baths and showers can provide relief. La Lyra Breast Oil is specially formulated to encourage movement within the breasts by breaking up lymphatic stagnation and preventing potential clogs. Massage is highly suggested for those who have fibrocystic breasts, are lactating, or suffer from breast discomfort.
- Nipple Cracking and Soreness: Nipple cracking and soreness are common problems during the early stages of breastfeeding. It can be caused by an incorrect latch, poor positioning, or sensitive skin. Applying La Lyra Nipple Balm, a lanolin-free nipple balm, soothes nipples as you enter the world of breastfeeding. The nourishing oils are gentle yet effective at protecting and easing discomfort and are safe for baby. Seeking guidance from a lactation consultant can also assist in healing cracked nipples and reducing discomfort.
- Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: Postpartum depression and anxiety affect many new mothers. These conditions can lead to feelings of sadness, irritability, mood swings, and difficulty bonding with the baby. Seeking support from therapy, joining support groups, and discussing feelings with loved ones are important steps towards addressing and managing these mental health challenges.
- Urinary Incontinence: Weak pelvic floor muscles due to pregnancy and childbirth can lead to urinary incontinence, causing leaks or a frequent need to urinate. Pelvic floor exercises, known as Kegels, can help strengthen these muscles. Consulting with a healthcare provider for further guidance is advisable.
- Postpartum Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids, swollen blood vessels in the rectal area, can occur or worsen during pregnancy and childbirth. They can cause pain, itching, and discomfort. Applying cold packs, using over-the-counter creams or ointments, and increasing fiber intake can relieve symptoms. La Lyra Diaper Rash Treatment does double duty in soothing a mild case of hemorrhoids AND leaves baby’s bottom clear and happy.
- Fatigue and Sleep Deprivation: Newborns’ irregular sleep patterns and constant care can result in fatigue and sleep deprivation for new mothers. It is essential to rest whenever possible, accept help from loved ones, and establish a support system to manage these challenges. The Sleep Edit by Boketto is a collection with many options (pills, lotions, teas, scent...) for you to get the rest you need— and deserve.
* Remember, every individual's postpartum experience is unique, and it's crucial to consult with healthcare professionals for personalized advice and guidance on managing specific postpartum problems.
Warm baths after giving birth are an essential part of postpartum recovery that should not be overlooked. From promoting healing and relaxation to improving circulation and providing an opportunity for self-care, postpartum baths can provide significant benefits for new mothers. Whether taken alone or with their babies, postpartum baths are a time-honored tradition that can help new mothers feel more confident, relaxed, and empowered as they begin their journey into motherhood.