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With my first DD I tore pretty badly and took FOREVER to heal up down there. I had Tucks wipes and Dermoplast spray or something from the hospital, but not much else. This time around I'm planning to use Earth Mama Angel Baby stuff - the bottom balm, spray, bath soak, everything, lol. I'm also going to make/ buy a stash of mama pads - that soft cloth sounds oh so nice! Are there other ideas anyone has? I feel better having a few things in place as far a recovery plan goes, lol. I've heard of using witch hazel - where do you buy it and how do you use it? (its in Tucks pads right?) Also, people have suggested freezing some mama pads (put water on and freeze them)... is that about it or can anyone think of other ideas for me? Thanks!
 

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For after ds, I put witch hazel on disposable sanitary pads and froze them. It was really nice and cooling. I haven't really thought of much for this time though. The cloth sounds nice too- wonder if freezing the witch hazel on them would work?<br><br>
You can get witch hazel at the drug store-I think in the aisle with the rubbing alcohol.
 

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-Use your peri bottle (your new best friend) each time you go potty. If there is burning while urinating, spray <span style="text-decoration:underline;">while</span> urinating to water your pee down, then spray after you are done. Dab, dab, blot dry, do not wipe.<br>
-Soak in a sitz bath 2-4 times a day for 20 minutes, but do not wash in it. Brew the sitz herbs like a tea, add the "tea" to a clean bathtub or basin, and add just enough water to cover your bottom. See recipes below...<br><br><i><span style="text-decoration:underline;">For Perineal Healing (this is a recipe for a post partum herbal bath<br>
that you can use):</span><br><br>
(for each bath)<br>
1/4 Cup sea salt<br>
1 large BULB garlic, pealed<br>
1 oz. uva ursi<br>
2 oz. comfrey leaf<br>
1 oz. shepherds purse<br><br>
Whiz the fresh garlic in a food processor.<br>
Make a "tea" with all ingredients and strain before using.<br>
Add to a warm bath and have a good soak!<br><br>
The garlic and sea salt make this antiseptic.<br>
Uva Ursi is specific to healing a woman's reproductive organs.<br>
Comfrey has a cell proliferant to speed healing. It may be<br>
contraindicated, but this usually refers to internal use, not<br>
topically. Shepherd's purse is excellent for preventing and controlling excessive bleeding.<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Peri Bottle Herbal Wash:</span><br><br>
(one handful each)<br>
Calendula Flowers<br>
Comfrey Root<br>
Yarrow Flowers<br>
Rosemary Leaves<br><br>
Make a tea and strain. Use as a perineal wash with a peri bottle<br>
there are many workable formulations.<br>
The ones already mentioned can be tooled - for instance instead of uva<br>
ursi, manzinita leaves can be substituted same portion.<br>
Plantain, plantago, can be added or used instead of comfrey leaf.<br>
A couple of hand fulls of lavender flowers can be added to the mix<br>
just minutes before straining - not only does it smell great but has<br>
many healing qualities. Keep a big thermos in the bathroom.</i><br><br>
-Use ice for the first 24-48 hours, then use a dry heat lamp for 20-30 minutes at a time.<br>
-Continue with Kegel exercises asap after delivery, this will increase blood flow to the area, therefore speeding the healing process.<br>
-Drink lotsa fluids and eat lotsa fresh fruits and veggies to prevent straining of the perineal area from constipation.
 

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My mw recommends a peri wash similar to the one listed above and also suggests freezing pads with the same wash on them - then you get the healing comfrey and soothing cold together...
 

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can someone please explain a sitz bath to me.....i'm sooo confused!!! do you sit in the normal bathtub?? i didnt have a vaginal birth with DD so no one explained it to me
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Where did you get the witch hazel and how much of it did you use? Do you mix it with water?</div>
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I either got witch hazel at the co-op or at the drugstore. They both have it.<br><br>
I did not mix it with water. It came with a squirt top and I just squirted some on. I just guessed at how much.
 

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I forgot until reading people's posts that I did a sitz bath too. My doula picked one up that was already mixed so I can't remember what was in mine. With mine you had to bring it to a boil in a large pot of water on the stove. Let boil for a bit-I can't remember how long maybe 10-15min? Then you let it sit and steep with the heat off (covered I think) for 1-2 hrs. In the regular tub you draw a few inches of water and add some of what you brewed to it-I think I used half but I can't remember for sure. Then you soak in it for a while. When I started to get cold I just filled up the tub full and soaked some more.
 

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I made a strong comfrey tea, and put it on some non-chlorine disposable pads and froze them. DH wondered what they were. I have the rest of the comfrey tea in ball jars in the fridge waiting to be poured into my peri bottles and left to warm to room temp.<br><br>
A sitz bath is a bath where the water only comes up to your hips or so (just enough to submerge your girly bits and any hemorrhoids you might have).
 

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I simply used a sitz bath, dermoplast spray, tucks, and my peri bottle. It worked the first time, so I'm hoping it will work this time.
 

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I'm currently freezing nitrile gloves until slushy, then wrapping them in soft gauze and sticking them in my pants. I'm wearing mesh undies with the big pads for now. When the blood flow slows a bit, I'll switch to some prefolds, which I've discovered are wonderfully soft and a bit more adaptable than my overnight glad rags.<br><br>
I'm currently making a comfrey calendula infusion. I'll dip glad rags inserts in it, along with some flannel wipes, and freeze them, then switch to those instead of the frozen gloves.<br><br>
My OB recommended at least three Epsom salts soaks/baths a day, so I'm about to go draw one.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">can someone please explain a sitz bath to me.....i'm sooo confused!!! do you sit in the normal bathtub?? i didnt have a vaginal birth with DD so no one explained it to me</div>
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It is a plastic basin that attaches to the toilet so you can easily sit in it and have a bath just for that area.
 

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I'll add that you should go with Alcohol-free Witch Hazel -- Thayer's makes a great one with Aloe.<br><br>
Alcohol stings and dries out tissues -- it won't help you heal.
 

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Lots of great ideas here. Does anyone have reviews of the EMAB products? I've looked at them before but would love to know more of how effective they are, etc., as I've never used any.<br><br>
I will definitely do the sitz bath this time. I didn't have one last time with my first HB but think it would be great!
 

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I got a bag of sitz bath herbs, and some sitz bath spray, I also have some witch hazel. I plan on using half the herbs for baths and the other half to freeze on mama pads and for my peri bottle. I think I'm going to combine the witch hazel and the herbs on the mama pads. Last time, I had a few minor tears and my mw recommended using moistened nori seaweed sheets on the tears to help speed up the healing process. It definitely seemed to help, so I've got some of those as well. And I read somewhere here on MDC where a mama talked about filling unlubricated condoms with water and rubbing alcohol and putting them in the freezer so they are nice and slushy to help with swelling.<br><br>
I had a ton of swelling and pain last time, so I'm all about being overly prepared this time!
 

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Cold packs. Witch hazel. Worked last time.
 

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theres lots of great ideas here, but dont forget the biggest factors in healing will be your diet and activity level. eat lots of dark leafy greens, brightly colored fresh fruits and veggies, and drink plenty of fresh water. try to stay away from processed sugars as it hinders the immune system. try to make smoothies with lots of spirulina.<br><br>
i would also suggest fresh aloe compresses, that will really soothe and help hasten healing.
 

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Has anyone tried Arnica on their bits postpartum? I've been using it with good result everywhere else, and might add it to the dermoplast/ice/baths regime this time.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Has anyone tried Arnica on their bits postpartum? I've been using it with good result everywhere else, and might add it to the dermoplast/ice/baths regime this time.</div>
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You can't put arnica on a cut, but I've been given it internally after labor. If you have no lacerations at all it might work topically, too, but I know all of my topical arnica has that very specific warning - not for use on cuts and scrapes!
 

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With my 1st I just used the peri bottle thing.<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">One think I recommend to avoid:</span><br><br>
Any sanitary pad that has the "dry-weave" plastic feel to it. I was using the Always super thin ones and that resulted in horrible under the skin painful bumps all over my private parts - some kind of blocked pore / ducts or something because the sanitary pad would not allow air to circulate. Once I stopped using the Always pads it went away.
 
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