3 Natural Ways to Heal After Vaginal Delivery

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Last Reviewed: Pregnancy Leave a Comment

Looking for natural ways to heal after vaginal delivery? You're in the right place!

Passing an 8 lb human through a small space will definitely cause some degree of trauma to the vaginal tissue. This can range from swelling to large tears of the tissue. While it is always important to follow your health care provider's medical advice for your specific condition, here are some ideas to help speed recovery.

3 Natural Ways to Heal After Vaginal Delivery

Sitz Baths

A wonderful way to cleanse and soothe sore vaginal tissue. Combine several of the herbs listed below and store in a jar. When ready to use, add 1 cup of herbs to 6 quarts of boiling water. Allow the herbs to steep for 2 hours. Strain herbs and place the remaining liquid into a shallow warm bath with 1 cup epsom salt. You can sit in the bath until the water cools or add a little cool water to end the bath.

Calendula is antimicrobial and aids in tissue healing.

Calendula is antimicrobial and aids in tissue healing.

Calendula- antimicrobial, soothing, anti-inflammatory
Rosemary- antimicrobial
Comfrey- promotes tissue healing
Lavender- antimicrobial, relaxing
Thyme- antimicrobial
Uva ursi- antimicrobial
Sheppard's purse- hemostatic

Hydrotherapy

Alternating hot (not scalding) and cold therapy is an effective way to increase circulation to the vaginal tissue and bring needed nutrients to help new tissue grow and heal. The simplest way to do hydrotherapy is to end your showers with cold (or cool) water, with special attention to the pelvic area. If you've got a bit more time (which is a new mother luxury), you can repeat the cycle of hot and cold 3 times. Use warm water for 1 minute followed by cold water for 30 seconds to the pelvis, repeat 3 times, always ending with cold.

Kegels

Not just for urinary incontinence, kegels increase circulation to the pelvis. Increased blood flow and lymphatic (immune system) flow can help promote healing while helping your body fight microbes that could cause infection. Performing kegels early in postpartum can also help you maintain muscle tone and reduce the risk of other complications, such as incontinence or organ prolapse.

Initially, maintaining muscle contraction or even initiating kegels may prove to be difficult, but stick with it. The goal is to work up to 8-10 repetitions with a contraction of 5-10 seconds, 2-3 times daily. Sometimes the muscles have difficulty performing a balanced and uniform contraction or their may be pain associated with it. Seeing a health care provider who can help reduce muscle tension and pain can help you be more effective with these exercises. To learn more about these therapies and what they can offer click here and here.

For some women, time and a little TLC is enough to heal. However, there are many women who are left with residual pain, scar tissue or other unpleasant issues in their pelvic floor following vaginal delivery. If you are experiencing any unwanted symptoms following the birth of your child, consider working with a physical therapist or a doctor that specializes in pelvic care.

Natural Ways to Heal After Childbirth

Looking for more natural support? Read my book, Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth.

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Dr. Jolene Brighten

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Dr. Jolene Brighten, NMD, is a women’s hormone expert and prominent leader in women’s medicine. As a licensed naturopathic physician who is board certified in naturopathic endocrinology, she takes an integrative approach in her clinical practice. A fierce patient advocate and completely dedicated to uncovering the root cause of hormonal imbalances, Dr. Brighten empowers women worldwide to take control of their health and their hormones. She is the best selling author of Beyond the Pill and Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth. Dr. Brighten is an international speaker, clinical educator, medical advisor within the tech community, and considered a leading authority on women’s health. She is a member of the MindBodyGreen Collective and a faculty member for the American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine. Her work has been featured in the New York Post, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, Bustle, The Guardian, Sports Illustrated, Elle, and ABC News. Read more about me here.