Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Importance of postnatal care after birth - remove stitches after birth

Postnatal care immediately after birth: If you have your baby in hospital, you may be able to return home with your baby straight from the labor ward or you may be moved to a transfer lounge or a postnatal ward where you will be with other mothers and babies.
You should discuss your postnatal care with your midwife during pregnancy so you know what to expect.
You are likely to need quite a lot of help and advice with your first baby. Whether you are in hospital or at home, the midwives are there to guide and support you as well as to check that you are recovering from the birth. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it.
A midwife will be available in your community to help you look after yourself and your baby.
Stitches after birth  
If you have had stitches, bathe the area often in clean warm water to help it to heal. Have a bath or shower with plain warm water. Afterwards, dry yourself carefully.
In the first few days, remember to sit down gently and lie on your side rather than on your back.
Pelvic floor exercises can also help you to heal.
If the stitches are sore and uncomfortable, tell your midwife as they may be able to recommend treatment. Painkillers will also help. If you are breastfeeding, check with your midwife, GP or pharmacist before you buy over the counter products like ibuprofen or paracetamol. Usually stitches just dissolve by the time the cut or tear has healed, but sometimes they have to be taken out.

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