My first birth was an Induction/C-section. I put the slash between those two words because I’ve come to learn that a c-section often accompanies an Induction, and this was the case for me. I had both a C-section to care for and my VaJayJay. It was rough. I was thrilled when I had my first VBAC, but also had an episotomy, and then two more vaginal births. Surprisingly, no one really spoke with me about vaginal aftercare. I mean, an entire human being came out of my VaJayJay, you would think someone would have told me how to care for it! I learned, after 4 babies, that there are some helpful products from the Hospital, and there are some products no one tells you about! Let’s talk about Post-Partum Vaginal Aftercare!
After my first VBAC I sat in my hospital room wondering what my vagina had just gone through. I was afraid to look, but eventually mustered up the courage to have a peek with my makeup mirror. I thought that for sure there was a giant tunnel. I thought I’d be able to see up my giant Vagina tunnel straight through to my eyeballs or the top of my uterus at the least. To my surprise, it looked fairly normal. Swollen and bleeding, but pretty normal considering that a baby just came out. The Hospital gave me a stack of items, I’ll link in affiliates if I can help you find them. They included:
- Giant Disposable Pads
- Disposable Nylon Underwear
- Dibucaine numbing ointment
- Peri Rinse Bottle
- Witch Hazel aka Hemorrhoid pads
The peri-bottle was both friend and foe. While it’s nice for rinsing blood off, it can spray too forcefully and I found it to be painful on my episotomy. It does make a nice at-home rinsing tool for cloth diapers, but often a regular cup was better. I would fill up the cup and pour it slowly over my vagina while sitting on the toilet. In addition to the toilet, the hospital had a shower right in my room and I was able to stand, not sit on the wooden bench they provided, and let the water run over my lady parts. This helped rinse off blood without requiring scrubbing. After pain and swelling went down I was able to clean gently with a wash cloth, but never required any more then an ibuprofen with the ointment and ice-pack combo.