As you prepare for your baby's arrival, it's important to consider how you'll care for yourself after giving birth. One essential tool for postpartum healing is a peri bottle. In this blog post, we'll explain why a peri bottle is important for postpartum healing and how to use it effectively.
What is a Peri Bottle Used For?
A peri bottle, also known as a peri-care bottle or a cleansing bottle, is a plastic bottle designed to help you clean your perineal area after giving birth. It's usually filled with warm water and used to gently squirt water onto the perineum, which can be sore and swollen after delivery.
Why is a Peri Bottle Important for Postpartum Healing?
Using a peri bottle is an essential part of postpartum care for several reasons:
Promotes Healing: Squirt water onto the perineum during urination can help to soothe soreness and promote healing. It can also help to keep the area clean and reduce the risk of infection.
Provides Comfort: Your perineum may be swollen and painful after giving birth. Using a peri bottle can help to reduce discomfort and provide relief. If you have any tears after birth, a peri bottle can help dilute the urine and reduce any stinging you might experience while peeing.
Easy to Use: A peri bottle is easy to use and can be used with one hand, making it convenient. Hopefully, you are staying at home and getting rest during your postpartum recovers, but a peri bottle is small and can travel with you if needed.
Cost-Effective: A peri bottle is an affordable and reusable tool for postpartum healing.
How to Use a Peri Bottle
Here are the steps to effectively use a peri bottle:
Fill the bottle with warm water. Add a few drops of witch hazel and 5-10 drops of therapeutic-grade lavender essential oil for comfort and healing.
Lean over or sit on the toilet seat with your legs spread apart.
Gently squeeze the bottle to squirt water onto the perineum. Aim the water towards the front of the perineum and let the water flow over the area. TIP: Start by spraying a little on the side of your leg to get used to the temperature before squirting the more sensitive tissue around the perineum.
Don’t worry about patting the area dry. Do not use toilet paper if you are particularly concerned and want to dry off. Dry with a soft towel. With very gentle pats.
Use the peri bottle as often as needed, especially after using the bathroom or changing a pad.
What peri bottle is best for postpartum?
Most hospitals and care providers will provide you with a peri bottle; however, their designs make them a little difficult to use. I recommend the Peri Bottle for Postpartum Care for Perineal Recovery and Cleansing by Golden Deer. The spout makes it much easier to use.
In conclusion, a peri bottle is an important tool for postpartum healing. It promotes healing, provides comfort, is easy to use, and is cost-effective. Make sure to have a peri bottle on hand for your postpartum recovery, and use it as often as needed. Remember to be gentle and take your time while using it, and don't hesitate to contact your healthcare provider if you have any concerns. Best of luck on your postpartum journey!
Peri Bottle Postpartum Healing Recipe
12oz Peri Bottle
Therapeutic-grade Lavander Essential Oils
Fill your peri bottle with warm water. Add 5 drops of witch hazel and 5-10 drops of lavender oil. Shake and use as desired.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not meant for diagnosis or treatment. Use of this information should be done in accordance with your healthcare provider.
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Clara O'Rourke (she hers),
Holistic Doula & Childbirth Educator.
I am a researcher turned total birth nerd with a passion for supporting people birth in their full power! I guide people through their pregnancy, labor, and postpartum journey by helping them overcome fear or anxiety about birth, providing evidence-based information so they can make informed decisions, and ensuring they have everything they need to birth with confidence. Birth is sacred and it should be treated that way. I am committed to providing support for birth and beyond, regardless of a person's background, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or relationship status. También ofrezco mis servicios en español. I wish you and your growing family the brightest of beginnings!