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THe New Father OR PARTNER

Sometimes, the father or partner experience feelings of neglect or loneliness after the baby joins the family. Mom and baby get all the attention from family and friends. The new mother seems to be giving all her attention to the baby. The mother’s partner can make life easier by remembering that, in time, the mother will have more time to share. Meanwhile, the partner can use the extra time and energy productively at work and home. He needs to share his feelings with the new mother. It is important to communicate!

There may be a new baby in the family, but with a little planning, parents can still share time together by dining or walking (perhaps with the baby in a stroller). Healthy adult relationships are important to the baby’s emotional well-being, as well as your own.

Self -Care Hints

Getting Around On Your Own

It is best to get up and move around soon after your birth, but exactly when you start depends on the particular type of anesthesia that was used for your labor and birth. Moving around minimizes the risk of blood clots in veins of your pelvis and lower extremities. It also helps with better bladder and bowel function.

Hygiene And Episiotomy

Change sanitary pads frequently to absorb the discharge and avoid infection. The perineum should be rinsed and cleaned with lukewarm water 2 to 3 times daily and after urination and bowel movements. Use a hand-held shower, a squeeze bottle or sitz bath to cleanse the episiotomy.

The occasional use of antiseptic spray or antibiotic cream may provide relief. Use moist antiseptic towelettes or toilet paper in a patting motion to dry the perineum. Washing or wiping should occur from front to back to prevent contamination of the birth canal and avoid potential infection. The episiotomy will heal quickly if kept clean and dry.

Mothers With A Cesarean Birth

Keep your incision clean and dry as instructed by your healthcare team. Please call if it becomes red, swollen, tender, warm to the touch or if it is draining.

Bathing

Showers are usually fine as soon as you can walk postpartum. Sitz or tub baths are generally safe after the second day. They are preferred by many because of the episiotomy and discharge. Vaginal douching is not recommended until after your postpartum check-up.

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