5 Preventive Tips to Keep Postpartum Infections Away!

Once a new life has been added to our lives, their well-being becomes our prime importance. But safeguarding the mother's health and keeping her away from common postpartum infections to important too. Read these preventive measures!

Johanitha Moraes
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The postpartum period is a time of transition, filled with a wide range of emotions that can leave new mothers feeling both exhilarated and overwhelmed. As they scour through the intricacies of motherhood, from the tender moments of bonding with their newborn to the challenges of sleepless nights and physical recovery, a gush of emotions sweeps through their hearts. Yet, in the midst of it all, there is an undeniable strength that emerges- a strength born of love, resilience, and the profound bond between mother and child. 

The postpartum period also comes with the risk of postpartum infections, which can derail the recovery process. WHO estimates that the global prevalence of maternal sepsis is 4·4% among live births, representing more than 5·7 million cases per year, accounting for up to 10% of maternal deaths. To minimise this risk, new mothers can take specific preventive measures tailored to their personal needs:

Post Cesarean Journey: Incision Care and Essential Precautions
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Prevention of Post-Partum Infections


1. Proper Perineal Care:

After childbirth, the perineal area (the area under your umbilicus) is vulnerable to infection, especially if tears or episiotomies occur during delivery. Episiotomies are the extra incisions or tears given to your mucosa to widen up the natural orifices to facilitate quicker deliveries. To prevent these infections, new mothers should:

  • Clean the perineal area with warm water and mild soap after using the bathroom or changing pads.

  • Pat the area dry gently with a clean towel, avoiding rubbing.

  • Change their undergarments frequently to maintain cleanliness and prevent bacterial growth.

  • Use bottles filled with warm water to cleanse the area after urination or bowel movements, rather than wiping with toilet paper.

2. Wound Care for Cesarean Section Incisions:

Caesarean section is the most important risk factor for maternal infection in the immediate postpartum period. For mothers who undergo C-sections, proper care of the incision site is crucial. To prevent infection, new mothers should:

  • Keep the incision clean and dry, avoiding contact with water until it has healed.

  • Follow healthcare provider instructions for dressing changes and wound care.

  • Report any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, warmth, or discharge, to a healthcare professional immediately.

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3. Breast Care and Hygiene:

Breastfeeding mothers should take steps to prevent infections such as mastitis by:

  • Ensuring proper latch and positioning during breastfeeding sessions to prevent nipple damage.

  • Allowing nipples to air dry after breastfeeding to prevent moisture buildup.

  • Practising good hand hygiene before and after breastfeeding to minimize the risk of introducing bacteria.

  • Using clean nursing bras and breast pads to maintain cleanliness and prevent bacterial growth.

4. Strengthen Immune Health:

Strengthening the immune system can help prevent postpartum infections. New mothers can support their immune health by:

  • Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains provides essential nutrients. Visit the Gytree Shop to purchase nutrient-rich supplements to strengthen your immune system and well being. 

  • Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

  • Getting adequate rest and sleep to support immune function and overall well-being.

5. Attend Postpartum Check-ups:

Regular postpartum check-ups with healthcare providers are essential for monitoring recovery and detecting any signs of infection or complications early. New mothers should:

  • Attend all scheduled postpartum appointments to ensure proper monitoring of their health and well-being.

  • Communicate any concerns or symptoms to their healthcare professionals promptly.Check out our 52 week- Gytree Program which offers support and personalised care as you navigate through pregnancy and post-pregnancy. 

By following these specific preventive measures, new mothers can reduce the risk of postpartum infections and promote a smoother, healthier recovery after childbirth. Bringing a new life into this world is not easy, right? So let's empower ourselves with this knowledge to take care of both the mother and the child and be cautious about this danger that can linger on our doorsteps post-pregnancy. 

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