Benefits of Taking a Bath After Giving Birth
It’s important to keep your body clean to be able to take care of your baby, especially if you want to breastfeed him or her. But other than that, taking a bath after giving birth can:
- Reduce the risk of infection. By making sure that your body is clean, you can prevent the onset of infection.
- Revitalize you. Taking a bath makes you feel refreshed. This may increase your energy to take care of your family, especially your newborn.
- Promote blood flow. A warm bath, especially a Sitz bath for vaginal birth, can promote blood flow.
- Ease pain and promote relaxation. Taking a bath after giving birth can be a relaxing experience, especially since it can soothe perineal pain and sore breasts.
For both vaginal birth and C-section delivery, you need to ask for help if you find that you’re not strong enough to shower or bathe on your own.
Aside from being careful with showers and baths, keep in mind that you need to seek medical help if you experience any of the following:
- Fever of 38°C or higher with or without chills
- Difficulty in urinating or passing stool
- Heavy vaginal bleeding (more than 1 soaked pad per hour)
- Sudden and severe weakness
- Loss of consciousness
- Tenderness, swelling, or redness on the leg or breast
- Discharge from the vagina or wound that smells bad or foul
- Difficulty breathing
- Incision wound that reopened or has not healed
Taking a bath after giving birth is an important part of postpartum recovery. However, since you need to consider a lot of things, be cautious when getting into the shower or soaking in the tub. If you have any doubts about taking a bath, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor to raise your concerns.
Learn more about Postpartum and Self-Care here.