Heavy duty give birth has been through, now comes in the arms of a new, cute, cute family member. Happiness blows to every mother and family who has just gone through the birth process with the presence of a healthy and safe baby. Now is the time for mothers to take care of everything after childbirth, including the vagina (we call it “miss V”).
During the process of giving birth of course, “Miss V” has a tough task as a door for the delivery of babies with an average body weight of 3-4 kg. For those who are elastic or have repeatedly undergone normal childbirth, this condition may have become “normal”, so that the condition of “Miss V” does not result in cutting or episiotomy (read: Getting to know an episiotomy), but not a few mothers also need the help of a midwife or doctor to widen the birth canal by cutting the perineum area (the area between “Miss V” and the rectum), then after that, the doctor or midwife will sew the cutout again.
For mothers who give birth without an episiotomy, the “Miss V” treatment is enough to do with wiping with warm water or an antiseptic solution. Meanwhile, for mothers who have had an episiotomy, postpartum “Miss V” care can be done by:
- To reduce pain or soothe the wound, the mother can apply compresses to the stitches. You can use ice wrapped in a clean cloth and attach it to the stitch marks.
- You should always make sure that the stitch marks are clean. Cleaning this wound can be done by using a spray bottle filled with water to clean the perineal area after the mother has urinated or defecated. In addition, to clean stitch marks, the mother can also use a damp washcloth and soap. Foam the washcloth. Clean the entire wound with the washcloth, make sure the stitch mark area is completely clean.
- Flush with cold water “Miss V” while the mother is urinating. Then do wiping from front to back with clean water (not the other way around, because if the method is reversed, it will collect bacteria from the anus to “Miss V”), and do it carefully or use a spray bottle filled with water earlier.
- When defecating, you may experience pain in the area where the stitches are used. Use a soft, clean pad on the stitch scar, and press it upwards on the scar to avoid pressure or avoid tearing it back.
- Avoid excessive activity during the first weeks after delivery. When sitting do it carefully, if you can try to find a donut-shaped seat to avoid pressure on the scar area.
- Increase the consumption of foods that contain lots of fiber such as vegetables and fruits. Thus, it is hoped that the stool that is released when defecating is not hard and this will prevent excessive pain during defecation.
- Do Kegel exercises to tighten the area around the pelvis. Do Kegel exercises a few days after delivery.
- Often mothers change their underwear and try to use materials that can absorb sweat. Mothers can use panty liners to help “Miss V” to avoid excess moisture. In addition, shaving “Miss V” hair can also help reduce moisture.
- Stitch wounds can be smeared using antibiotic ointment, but must be according to doctor’s instructions