Whether you are pregnant or have just given birth, you probably have many questions about how to properly care for your body down there.
The question, “Can you use a bidet postpartum?” has probably crossed your mind.
Don’t worry; you’re not the only one with this question.
You can use a bidet postpartum. Bidets offer many beneficial features to help women stay clean and healthy after giving birth. Customizable water temperature and pressure allow for an easy and safe experience.
To ease your mind and help you decide if a bidet is for you, I’ve compiled a list of 10 reasons a bidet can benefit you after giving birth.
You’ll be surprised how helpful it can be with various aspects of postpartum life that you may not even be aware of.
- Relieves Pain
- Helps with Hemorrhoids
- Helps You Go to The Bathroom
- Easy on Stitches
- Prevents Infections
- Tends to Lochia
- Eliminates Need for a Sitz Bath
- Assists When Mobility Is Limited
- Lights Up at Night
- Traps Odors for a More Dignified Experience
Does A Bidet Relieve Pain Postpartum?
Giving birth is painful, even after the baby is born. You are left with a swollen and/or bruised perineum, and if you need stitches, they can be itchy. This pain can last for about 5 weeks or more.
The more fancier bidet seats offer customized water temperature and pressure features, at a turn of a knob or push of a button that eases your discomfort while on the throne. Making your bathroom time a little more relaxing and bearable.
The bidet toilet seats come with a water heater included, making it easy to install and use—no need for a hot water line behind your tank.
Do Bidets Help With Hemorrhoids?
You probably were not expecting hemorrhoids, but you will be happy to know that you are not alone with them.
Many pregnant women get hemorrhoids late in their pregnancy that persist after the baby is born. This itchy, burning sensation can be worsened by the use of toilet paper.
Luckily, bidets do not require the use of toilet paper, and instead, help soothe your hemorrhoid pain and discomfort by spraying a regulated amount of heated and pressurized water from the nozzles mounted behind and under the toilet seat. The spray pattern and pressure can be controlled from your control panel or remote, depending on the bidet seat you own.
Comfortable Bidet Seats That Help You Go
You have already gone through the pain of childbirth, but now going number two is your next quest.
Constipation is common after giving birth. With your perineum bruised and most likely stitched up, the constipation only adds to the pain of going to the bathroom.
A heated bidet seat may help you relax and take an edge off the pain. This added layer of comfort to your postpartum life can be accompanied by a warm air dryer to help with the pain after you’ve completed your business. Leaving you feeling fresh and dry until your next bathroom break.
Are Bidets Easy On Stitches?
Speaking of stitches, not only can they be itchy, they are also difficult to care for in this area. Most women tear something during birth and require stitches afterwards.
Traditional toilet paper leaves behind pieces and simply smears things around without fully cleansing. It also pulls at stitches and can be painful.
Warm water from the bidet thoroughly cleans around stitches without tugging them. A gentle spray leaves you feeling completely clean and unworried about accidentally pulling out a stitch.
Can A Bidet Prevent Infections?
It’s important to keep your stitches clean in order to prevent infection. Bidets are not only easy on stitches but clean you better than traditional toilet paper. Urinary tract infections (UTI’s) are also common after childbirth.
Using a bidet allows you to feel as if you have just come out of the shower, fresh and clean. This fresh clean feeling is because they offer a more targeted and thorough cleansing than traditional toilet paper, decreasing your chances of getting a UTI.
No need to worry about your wiping habits being adequate or not. Poor wiping technique is a thing of the past with a bidet.
This hands-free way of wiping helps prevent all sorts of infections, not just associated with giving birth like anal abscesses from bacteria. (Link)
How Does A Bidet Help Deal With Lochia?
After birth, all the periods you missed seem to make up for lost time.
Lochia (Link) is the term for the bleeding you experience for about a month or more after giving birth. It can be messy and hard to keep clean, especially while you are trying to care for a newborn.
Even though you are sleep deprived and quickly trying to get back to your baby, the bidet thoroughly cleans you with each bathroom break. A bidet takes a lot less time to cleanup than sitting on a regular toilet repeatedly trying to wipe yourself clean.
Is There A Need For A Sitz Bath After Childbirth?
Sitz baths help soothe your postpartum pain, but they may be difficult to fit into your new infant’s schedule. After all, you are busy taking care of your new bundle of joy which requires a lot of attention.
When are you going to find the time for this bath? Bidets eliminate the need for a sitz bath (Link).
Instead of taking the time to sit in the tub occasionally, have your pain relieved every time you go to the bathroom. A quick and easy solution that fits into your busy day.
How Does A Bidet Assist When Mobility Is Limited?
It is no surprise that you gain weight while you’re pregnant. Though you may hope it all goes away the moment the baby is born, this isn’t always the case.
This extra weight and tiredness your body is experiencing from a crying baby at night greatly affects your ability to move around and reach certain places. New babies don’t always want to wait for you to go to the bathroom, either.
So, if you’re in a rush or perhaps handling the baby while doing your business, the bidet guarantees a thorough cleaning down there without you having to reach and hope you get it all.
Are There Bidets That Light Up At Night?
When it’s late at night, and you have to pee yet again, you are probably stumbling groggily to the bathroom. You risk the chance of bumping into something and waking the baby or injuring yourself.
You don’t want to turn the light on and risk the chance of waking your baby yet again. Some bidets come with lighted toilet seats that make it easy for you to find your way to the toilet, even in the darkest of nights.
No need to wake anyone else with the harsh lights, just follow the glow of your throne.
Go With Dignity
You’ve gone through labor. You’ve dealt with the bleeding and the pain. You even managed to go number two. Now walk proudly out of the bathroom, knowing that no one will know what went on inside.
Certain bidets offer a pre-mist function that sprays the bowl with water before you start your business. This helps trap odors by making it difficult for anything to stick to the bowl. The deodorizer function traps nasty odors in its carbon filtration system. This system doesn’t use a spray to simply mask the odors; it completely eliminates them. This leaves the bathroom, smelling like any other room. Some bidets even come with an auto flush function just in case you still have a pregnancy brain.
No need to worry if you flushed as you watch the next person walk in, the bidet flushed you.
You should never be worried about what goes on in your restroom because the bidet has your back in all aspects of your postpartum bathroom life.