As it is with natural birth, you will be quite tender and a little sore for a few days. The feeling may just make you wonder if you had been cycling on a very pointy seat for days! Not nice!
Even for the ladies that have had a C-Section, the Sitz Bath Postpartum soak can help that cut to heal nicely too. But there is relief from this in the way of pain medication and anti-inflammatory pills. However, if you prefer to soothe the delicate skin down there in a more natural approach, try these options in the way of a Sitz Bath Soak. Reasons to try a Sitz Bath are pretty simple – recovery, healing and relaxation!
The How To Do A Sitz Bath Postpartum
A simple recipe which you can put together yourself and purchase the ingredients from any local store or pharmacy is:
- Epsom Salts
- Baking Soda
- Which Hazel
- Olive Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil Extract
- Chamomile Essential Oil Extract
- 2 Tablespoons of all mixed together along with 8 drops of the Essential oils should do the trick.
Simply pour in a warm bath, mix around with your hand and have a good soak for at least 30 minutes.
A few other ingredients recommended but a little harder to come by are:
- Calendula Flowers
- Yarrow Flower
- Comfrey Leaf
- And Uva Ursi Leaf
A Sitz Bath can be used at any time and not just after giving birth. Many woman use it as a regular cleansing agent especially after their period, after sexual intercourse and after discomfort from bowel movements or if they are experiencing irritating itching in the vagina. If you do find that after a Sitz Bath you have an irritation, itching or rash, stop using the Sitz ingredients. You may be allergic to one of the items. Another aspect to be aware of is that you don’t want to disrupt your delectate PH balance and using too many chemicals, instead of natural remedies in the bath, may just do that.
From personal experience, the over the counter bought Sitz remedies irritate me and cause a kind of thrush. So just be aware of what you are using and do the touch test before soaking yourself away for hours on end. It is important to note that a Sitz bath should not be used on baby. Their delicate skin will not handle this. Children over the ages of 5 can bath in this, but with supervision. (especially if you use the leafs and flower options – you wouldn’t want them eating the ingredients).
Further benefits of a Sitz Bath would be for cracked and bleeding nipples, often caused from the breastfeeding. As the Sitz Bath has salt it will help with this healing process too. So, whether you are still at the hospital or back at home, all comfy and settled, put together a mix of natural ingredients and have a good, long soak with our options on Sitz Bath Postpartum. (or as long as baby will allow you to).