HOW TO HEAL FROM EPISIOTOMIES, TEARS AND INCISIONS?

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By Debra Geymayr & Heather Lopez

If you have recently given birth, then you might be recovering from an episotomy, a tear, or an incision. These things can be quite painful and require treatment and maintenance to ensure that no infections arise.

First off, you need to take it easy. Frequent movement and lifting can exacerbate the pain and make it harder for the wounds to heal. We know what you are thinking, how is this possible when taking care of a new baby? Well, you need to find some support and assistance to help you recover, whether it be your spouse, significant other, family member, or friend. If support is absolutely not available, then you might need to set things up in your house, so that you do not have to get up and down frequently. For instance, keep a bassinet next to the bed along with a well-stocked supply of diapers, wipes, diaper cream, change of clothes for the baby and yourself, nursing pads and lanolin cream if you are breastfeeding, and a supply of bottles and formula if you are not breastfeeding.

Moms who have had episiotomies and/or incisions can use ARNICA MONTANA 200c, which is a homeopathic remedy to help swelling and bruising from the inside out. This is available at Whole Foods and is taken 3x per day under the tongue without touching the pellets. It is an amazing healer. There is also ARNICA CRÈME OR GEL that may be applied to the incision or on a gauze pad to help the swelling and bruising around the “outside” of the incision. Do not use on an “open” wound. Chamomile tea can be brewed and also used on a gauze to help heal tears, episiotomies and incisions. Plus, it is a great tea to relax in the evening. If you are breast feeding, this is great for baby too!

Other useful methods of care include, rinsing the wound with a saline wash frequently and using witch hazel. According to the Natural Healing Guide, when used externally, “witch hazel has wound healing properties, wounds and abrasions close up faster and heal more cleanly. This medicinal plant also promotes the formation of healthy skin tissue.”

With proper treatment and care, your wounds should be completely healed after six weeks. Notify your healthcare professional if you notice any bright redness, pus, and/or excessive bleeding or oozing from the wound, as this might be a sign of infection.

Lastly, always follow your primary healthcare professional’s orders as they take precendence over any instructions provided by this article.

About Debra Geymayr, R.Y.T., HBCE, CD(DONA), CLD, CPD
She is the Directress of Prenatal Plus – Yoga based in Miami, Florida. Certified yoga teacher, registered with the National Yoga Alliance, childbirth educator, hypnobirthing practioner and holistic labor, birth and postpartum companion (doula.) Debra specializes in Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond. Classes in prenatal and postnatal with baby yoga, couples workshops, childbirth courses and more…Debra travels throughout the US hosting Prenatal Yoga Teacher Certification Training and is creator of the nationally recognized video “Yoga for Pregnancy”. Teaching for over 20 years, celebrating “Motherhood” with her daughter every day!! Debra has dedicated her life’s work to helping women and couples enjoy this amazing time together through education, connection and understanding.

Debra says: Always remember ladies, ATITUDE DETERMINES ALTITUDE, so stay positive and enjoy your newborn. IF you need help, seek it, as there are plenty of professionals and loving women who can assist. Postpartum depression comes in different degrees and you need to determine if support is necessary. Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help.

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