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No baths for two weeks after giving birth?

post #1 of 35
Thread Starter 
My midwife's "handbook" says it's best not to take a bath for the two weeks after delivery (showers are ok, just no soaking in a tub)... I dont have it in front of me, but I believe it has something to do with bleeding??? But I keep reading about Sitz baths and other ways to relax/heal in the bath.

Anyone hear of anything like this?
post #2 of 35
Interesting.
I personally feel so much like having a shower after giving birth that nothing can stop me, but I only wash from the waist down, without soaps or anything, because I do not want to wash the amniotic fluid etc off which helps baby to scent me properly, and helps with the estalishment of breastfeeding.
I have not heard of it being to do with bleeding. Hmmmmmmmmm.....

And I do have a proper soapy shower a few days after birth, especially if breastfeeding is going really well.
post #3 of 35
I had a shower with both boys either late on day 2 or early day 3. I have NO desire to shower/bathe in the hospital (the only thing I wanted was to go HOME!) but once I got home I started itching.
post #4 of 35
Thread Starter 
I should have specified... Showers are fine, but sitting in a tub is supposedly a no-no.

On another note, it hadn't occurred to me that using soap would prevent baby from being "familiar" with my scent. I'm glad someone mentioned it!
post #5 of 35
The reason my attending OB gave me for this was:

If you are breastfeeding, it isn't a good idea to sit in a bowl of lochia and let it get all over your nipples because lochia is unclean and probably full of infectious goodies that are not good for your baby to be ingesting. God knows mine was afterwards, however, I thought it was an odd reason. I mean, they allow water births and you could be swimming with your own poop, in addition to the usual suspects in that case...

Needless to say, I never really followed that advice, but I was extremely feverish and not all screwed on in the head at that time. To each their own.
post #6 of 35
After the births of both of my children, my doctors recommended either sitz or full baths for perineal healing. I never had any problems.

This time I'm having a homebirth and will be having a lovely herbal bath after the birth. :

I don't think it's a problem.

ETA: Just don't use bubble bath or other weird chemicals in your water for those first couple of weeks...
post #7 of 35
With both of my births, midwives recommended frequent baths. I'll bet the no bathing is somewhat of an old wives' tale. My SIL, a doctor, said it was so you don't get infected by fecal matter or bacteria that travel through the water. Seems like if you're that dirty, you'll have problems anyway.
post #8 of 35
I took a ton of baths after my births. It really helped w/my perineal healing & comfort. There are lots of healing herbs you can add to the bath water. I spoke w/one of my OB nurses about the no baths recommendation. She said some doctors recommend against them, some do not. She told me to do what I felt was best.
post #9 of 35
I bathed after both births...with the first, I did herbal baths and brought dd1 in the tub with me. Her umbilical cord was gone by day three - I think the herbs helped it heal and dry fast. With dd2, I spent two days after the birth lounging in my aqua doula that wasn't ready by the time she was born
Like most things regarding childbirth, I say do what feels right to YOU, not what some medical expert tries to say is best...
post #10 of 35
baths can feel good- and soothe aching muscles, relax babies and promote healing. ask your midwife why this is in the hand book- why is it a recommendation.
post #11 of 35
DD and I took a bath together everyday from day 1!

The first 4 were herbal baths. After that nothing but water. We never had a problem.

Quote:
If you are breastfeeding, it isn't a good idea to sit in a bowl of lochia and let it get all over your nipples because lochia is unclean and probably full of infectious goodies that are not good for your baby to be ingesting.
WTF? How misogynistic is it to talk about lochia being "unclean"? : Wasn't the baby inside me with all that stuff to begin with? It's one thing if you know you have an infection, but if you don't what's the big deal? It's not like there is tons of the stuff pouring out of you at every moment. Plus if you are nursing your baby the baby is getting quite a big immune system boost right there.

I'm just commenting on the OB's statement, not the PP.
post #12 of 35
a Sitz bath is just a little tub that you place on the toilet and sit in for a few minutes
post #13 of 35
I resumed taking baths immediately after both boys. I bathe, don't shower, and it was the only time I had to really relax. Re: lochia on nipples, I never ran the water up that high, I wouldn't soak, my bum wouldn't allow me to sit on that hard surface for long, but I would rinse with the same water I bathed in. :
post #14 of 35
That isn't true.


My midwives recommend an herbal bath for mama and baby.
post #15 of 35
Total crap. There used to be a theory that bath water entered the vagina and increased the risk of infection. That has been debunked, and we pop women in the tub immediately after birth if they want to be there. (Can't do water births because they freak out the peds too much.)
post #16 of 35
I took 2 sitz baths a day (in my tub, shallow warm water with an herbal sitz bath that I bought...) for almost a week starting 2 days post partum....... without those herbal baths, my swelling wouldn't have gone down as quickly (I skipped one or two and could honestly tell a big difference)
post #17 of 35
My midwife suggested frequent baths.

-Angela
post #18 of 35
I was told to avoid baths only because I had a c-section and the bandages over my incision weren't supposed to soak or they might come off. Would similar advice apply if you had bad tearing and stitches? That might be different, though, I don't know.
post #19 of 35
Thread Starter 
It's so odd they told me this... They are the most hands-off, non-medical people I've ever met (more laid back than I am!) so I am really surprised that they say no baths, when it seems like a wonderful way to relax after the marathon of birth. I'll have to take in the handbook to my next appointment and ask them why...
post #20 of 35
I would take a bath if you want one...maybe avoid any bubble bath or scented products like that for a while since those could maybe sting on a tear or dry out your nipples making nursing uncomfy (though I've never heard of anyone being told that bathing could prevent the babe from recognizing you till this thread! I showered after birth and DD certainly didn't seem to notice/care).

I've never liked taking baths while bleeding, but I can't see that it would hurt anything!
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