8. You can use a ‘peri bottle’ which is a specially designed bottle with a curved spout to spray water on your perineum when you squeeze it. This can help you to keep the area clean in between bathing or showering. You can also use a jug with warm water in whilst sat on the toilet.
9. Start gentle pelvic floor exercises as soon as you feel able to and gradually build them up in intensity. Strengthening your pelvic floor helps you to control your bladder and bowels more easily.
10. If you are worried about any changes or you think something is wrong don’t hesitate to talk to your midwife, health visitor or GP. These could be anything from unusual discharge- which may or may not smell, soreness which is not improving, to problems with holding urine, or later on pain when trying to have intercourse.