course the best way to quickly heal a sore perineum is to have avoided any
tears or episiotomy in the birthing process. Some suggestions to try and
avoid tears during birth are to:
- apply warm compresses to the tissue before and during crowning,
- carefully apply counter-pressure while crowning,
- be submersed in warm water in a tub so tissues are soft and stretchy,
- and/or allowing the tissues time to fan out and take on the new shape of
your baby's head by gently pausing in the crowning stage.
However, torn or not, your perineum may still be tender
for a few days. Here are a few suggestions to help aid the healing of your
perineum: (NOTE: Please do your own personal research before using any of
these alternatives, as these are only suggestions.)
Place a dozen or so pads, face up, on a cookie sheet. Next, fill a spray
bottle with water and add some Calendula
tincture to it until the water is slightly coloured from the herb. Spray
the pads with the mixture until they are damp, but not sopping. Place the
sheet of wet pads into the freezer. When they are all frozen, store them
in a bag in the freezer. After you have had your baby, pull them out one
by one, as needed. The pads become a combination of a soothing cold pack,
a lochia absorbing pad, and a healing herbal compress.
When filling your perio-bottle with water to rinse your bottom after
using the bathroom, add a dropper or two full of Calendula
tincture to the bottle. That way, when you gently rinse your perineum, it
is receiving the benefits of healing properties as well.