Obstétrique

Nipples

Should I wash my nipples before each feeding?

It is not necessary to wash your nipples before breastfeeding; however, it is very important to wash your hands before each feeding. Hand hygiene, one shower per day is enough for breasts. After feeding, spread a drop of milk on the nipples.

 

Do I need to prepare my nipples during pregnancy?

No preparation of the nipples is recommended

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Constipation

Constipation is a term used most often to refer to the slowing of intestinal transit (less than 3 bowel movements per week), associated with a decrease in the number of stools passed, a somewhat hard consistency, and difficulty passing the stools.

Some tips to reduce constipation:

  • Keep well hydrated (1.5 to 2 liters a day, preferably water)
  • Move, walk
  • Eat fiber (green salad, fruit, vegetables, cereals, etc.)

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Bleeding after childbirth

I am still bleeding after delivery and I have a stomach pain; is this normal?

Vaginal discharge or "lochia" is normal after childbirth; it gradually becomes less bloody, becoming pink, then yellow and white and ceases between the 2nd and 6th postpartum week.

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Return to work

I have to return to work, what should I do about breastfeeding?

Returning to work depends on your contract and your employer. Depending on your wishes or your options, you can continue breastfeeding, for example the morning and evening milk can be stored. You can express your milk and keep it in the fridge to provide meals for your baby during the day. The alternative is weaning, either by spacing feedings to reduce milk secretion, or by using appropriate drugs. Prepare for your return to work by contacting a breastfeeding professional.

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Sexual intercourse

When can I have sexual intercourse?

During pregnancy:
In most cases, there is no risk to having sexual intercourse during pregnancy. It does not harm the baby and helps to strengthen the couple.

Sexual intercourse must absolutely be avoided in the event of:

  • risk of premature birth
  • placenta previa (placenta covering the cervix)
  • rupture of the amniotic sac

After childbirth:
As desired, as soon as the suture is well healed, free from pain and there are no more heavy discharges.

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Perineum

How do I care for my perineum?

Whether your perineum is stitched or not, it requires hygiene care. It is important to:

  • Rinse (with mild soap or Kamillosan) every time you urinate
  • Dry thoroughly
  • Regularly change sanitary towels

The stitches heal and the threads are spontaneously resorbed within about ten days.

Perineum care:
Perineal rehabilitation (strength training for the perineum) is important, and can be started within the first two months after childbirth.

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Nausea

I am suffering from nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy (approximately the first 3 months), what should I do?

Nausea and vomiting in the first trimester is due to a hormone (beta-HCG). It normally subside after 3-4 months. One in two women suffer from these symptoms. In the event of repeated vomiting each day or weight loss, consult your physician.

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