A postpartum sitz bath is a special bath used in the early postpartum period to help ease pain, promote healing and give good hygiene to the perineal area. This is particularly helpful after an episiotomy or tearing during birth. Though it can also help ease swelling in the perineum or a swollen labia when there is no cut or tearing.
The site bath sits over a normal sized toilet. You fill a bag with warm or cold water and sit on the sitz bath. The water then flows over your perineum allowing for healing and cleansing. You can add medication or herbal preparations at will.
The postpartum sitz bath can be done often throughout the day and is a lot easier than getting into the bath tub.