Bestselling Spritz for Bits: Why use it in Pregnancy and After Birth?

The midwives at My Expert Midwife have some top tips for you on how and when to use their bestselling perineal spray, Spritz for Bits, and changes to your bits, and top tips on how to look after them in pregnancy, birth and new motherhood

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Why it was developed:

Spritz for Bits was developed by midwives for women as there weren’t any complete products to help manage soreness after childbirth.

Combining the right essential oils with naturally soothing properties in a bottle which sprayed upside down, then enabled women to deliver the product exactly to the area that needed it.

With an expert blend of witch hazel, tea tree and lavender to soothe and calm, many people soon began to voice to us just how helpful and needed this product was for them.

 

How does it work?

The unique blend of essential oils and compounds below are selected to specifically target and calm sore, swollen and irritated areas. Spritz for Bits can also be sprayed upside down to target the exact area you need it to, as well as stored in the fridge for extra cooling relief. It includes:

  • Witch hazel compound- which helps to reduce skin irritations and has anti-inflammatory properties which can help soothe and reduce soreness, haemorrhoid pain and itchiness.
  • Tea tree- which has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities.
  • Lavender- which is known to be calming, can reduce anxiety, stress and restlessness as well as ease swelling, bruising, itching and stinging.

Why include pure essential oils?

  • What essential oils are: They are oils that are extracted from individual plants, the flowers, stems, leaves or roots. Each plant has unique characteristics and aromas which are present in their individual essential oil.
  • How they work: the oils can work when applied topically onto the skin, or by inhalation to influence behaviours and emotions. They can be several times stronger than dried herbs, therefore they need to be diluted into the recommended safe quantities.
  • Effective solutions: many essential oils are so effective for helping to relieve discomfort and treat problems that they have their own monography (a detailed study) with the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which is the UK’s regulatory agency for medicine safety.
  • Safe to use in pregnancy: you can be assured that all My Expert Midwife Products contain essential oils and ingredients which are safe to use during pregnancy. In Spritz for Bits they are diluted in the recommended quantities and blended with the correct carriers (other oils and ingredients that dilute the potency to the right strength) to not only help with effective application, but to comply with safety regulations specifically related to pregnancy and the postpartum

 

 

Recommended uses for Spritz for Bits:

During pregnancy

  • If you have haemorrhoids/piles causing discomfort.
  • For swelling or discomfort around the vulval area.
  • To help calm itching and discomfort of thrush (after seeking assessment/treatment from your midwife or pharmacist).
  • Other irritations such as cystitis or post coital discomfort.

 

After birth

  • Sprayed on your perineum straight after birth from day one.
  • Sprayed onto a pad, if you prefer, from day one.
  • Use it before and after your first wee post-birth to calm any stinging.
  • Use it at each pad change (at least every 4 hours).
  • On your caesarean section wound after the dressing has been removed (around day 5).

 

Beyond birth

  • Can be used on any wound going through a normal healing process.
  • On bites and stings for adults and children.
  • On haemorrhoids/piles when not pregnant.
  • On swelling and bruising on the body.

 

When not to use, and when to contact your doctor or midwife:

  • If you think you are developing an infection- we advise consulting with your doctor or midwife first.
  • Oozing or discharge from the wound site.
  • Pain which is not improving each day.
  • An offensive odour from the wound site.
  • Feeling unwell with flu like symptoms

 

Changes to your bits and top tips in pregnancy, birth and beyond

Understanding the different changes and possible ailments that may happen to your “bits” during your pregnancy, your birth and your recovery will help you feel informed and able to distinguish what is ‘normal’ and when you may need to seek advice from a health professional.

By “bits” we refer to your vulva, vagina, anus and pelvic organs.

Thrush

This occurs when there is an overgrowth of Candida Albicans, a yeast-like fungus that naturally lives within our ‘gut’. This can be caused by the intake of antibiotics, diet, lifestyle choices and/or when there is a pH imbalance within the vagina due to other causes.

  • Top tip: Go pant-free as much as possible and keep the area well ‘ventilated’ by choosing loose-fitting clothing. Wash with plain water and use Spritz For Bits to relieve the irritation.
  • When to contact your midwife/doctor: It is important to exclude other infections/conditions, so seek advice if: your vulva/vagina feels irritated, itchy and/or swollen, you have mild pelvic pain, a white lumpy discharge or an unusual white-ish watery discharge. You may be prescribed a cream and a pessary. However, bear in mind that thrush needs to be treated systemically (by changes to diet, lifestyle, etc) rather than topically (by applying treatment only to the affected area), or it is likely to keep recurring.

 

Piles

These are swollen blood vessels in or around your anus. Constipation plays a starring role in the appearance (and exacerbation) of piles so, if you want to avoid/ease them, it is essential to prevent/manage constipation.

  • Top tip: Soak the area by sitting in a bowl/bath with Soak for Bits or place a warm/cold compress previously sprayed with Spritz for Bits.
  • When to contact your midwife/doctor:  If you experience bleeding, itching or pain around your anus and are unsure if you have piles; the bleeding is heavier than just a little blood when you wipe; your stools appear black/tarry (and you’re not on iron tablets), your symptoms are severe or haven’t eased despite treatment/management.

 

Piles after birth

These may worsen after the birth of your baby, adding a whole new level to your endurance of discomfort.

  • Top tip: keep well topped-up with regular pain-relief and take bulk-forming laxatives if you’re struggling with your bowels. A steroid-based pile-cream may be just what you need for the first couple of days.
  • When to contact your midwife/doctor: If the pain/swelling does not improve with topical treatment and pain-relief, there’s more than just a little blood on wiping your bottom, or you cannot manage your constipation.

 

Perineal massage

When done regularly, from 34 weeks of pregnancy, perineal massage has been clinically proven to help make the perineum (the muscle between your vagina and anus, which stretches to allow your baby to be born) more elastic and stretch better during childbirth, reducing your risk of tearing and the need for an episiotomy.

  • Top tip: use our My Expert Midwife’s Peri Prep Your Bits which has been specially blended and designed for perineal massage or an oil such as almond oil.

 

Sore after birth

Tender, bruised, swollen bits and recovering from tears and episiotomy – your vulva and perineum are likely to feel sore and uncomfortable after the birth of your baby, more so if you’ve sustained a tear or a cut (episiotomy).

  • Top tip: You can use Spritz for Bits for instant relief from day one. Investing time in helping your bits to recover will be time well spent, so ensure you get plenty of rest and self-care.
  • When to contact your midwife/doctor: If the pain and/or swelling worsens or does not improve with pain-relief and management, you notice an offensive smell, bleeding or abnormal discharge from the wound, or you feel unwell.

 

 

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