In 9 out of 10 mothers, the perineum has to be taken care of after the birth. Even if not every woman needs stitches – during the first birth it often happens that the midwife or the doctor has to sew up the perineum.
Taking care of the perineal area is not easy especially when there’s nothing except wet tissue and toilet paper in most hospitals. If a sitz bath is not yet possible or desired, the wound area can also be rinsed with a peri bottle, especially since sitting is not so comfortable for many women anyway.
Your must-have item for assisting in the healing of birth injuries and in your hospital bag is a good peri bottle. Goodbye disposable plastic and sandpaper, hello peri bottle.
Why do you need a peri bottle at all?
Birth injuries should always be kept clean to allow for proper healing. Whether with birth injuries or without, whether vaginal birth or belly birth, rinsing the intimate area with lukewarm water when going to the toilet for the first few days after the birth is simply good. Peri bottles help you clean yourself gently, optimally removes the weekly discharge, and support wound healing.
Urinating can be a bit painful and (hospital) toilet paper feels like sandpaper. Disposable plastic cups for rinsing are not exactly sustainable and also not precise. Our intimate douche will be your reliable companion and will save you the first few days after the birth.
Here is what to look for in some of the best peri bottles to help you recover after giving birth.
Curved beak for keeping the seam clean
In the first few days after the birth, you should change your pads every 2-4 hours so that no infection can spread. You should also wash or shower regularly to prevent bacteria from multiplying. Use clear water from your peri bottle that can be sprayed to the sore area with a curved pipe.
Ample capacity of water in peri bottle
While not necessarily aiding in healing, peri bottle washing will ease the pain. If you let warm water run over your intimate area when peeing, the urine on the perineum burns much less. And even if it may seem strange to you: the classic watering can is really practical! Look for at least the 300 ml (10 fl oz) capacity of your peri bottle.
Non-toxic plastic of peri bottle
The plastic of the peri bottle should be pliable and soft yet toxin-free. It should also be able to hold warm and ice-cold liquids. Ideally, your peri bottle should hold a measuring cup of cold chamomile tea or an arnica solution kept by the toilet. It is crucial that you let the liquid run over the vagina and perineum during or immediately after urinating. This brings real relief and keeps burning to a minimum.
Important: You should speak to the midwife and gynecologist if your sutures are very tight, the threads are not dissolving or the sutures have become infected. And hold on: The pain usually gets much better when the threads have dissolved.