Keep your perineal area clean and dry.

  • Use the spray bottle filled with warm water each time you urinate or have a bowel movement.
  • Use Dial Bar (yellow kind only) to clean that area until healed
  • Use blow dryer on cool setting to dry the area after bathing
  • Pat dry, gently, from front to back, with tissue.
  • Change your pad each time you use the bathroom.
  • Wear loose cotton underwear or go without underwear when possible.

Soak in the tub or use the Sitz bath three times a day, at least.

Promote healing.

  • Get lots of rest.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily.
  • Eat lots of protein (meat, fish, cheese, eggs, legumes), vegetables and fruit.
  • Take your prenatal vitamin daily
  • Take your pain medication as needed for comfort and to allow you to care for yourself and your baby.

Call your doctor or nurse-midwife if you experience any of the following:

  • You have a fever greater than or equal to 100.4
  • You have hard or infrequent bowel movements..
  • You notice foul-smelling lochia (vaginal discharge and bleeding) or uterine tenderness (below your belly button).
  • Your perineum is not improving after 48 hours

Contact your doctor office if you have any concerns.