According to the strict rules of Ge Lai, Post Partum women are not suppose to wash any part of their bodies with water. So, ideally even washing your hands under a running water is a no-no. Ideally.
Some use wipes. Some opt for sponge baths.
But what about the vagina...the part of the body that worked the hardest during labor? How do you keep your vagina happy during your Po Ge Lai?
And yes, I'm calling her by her real name because she deserves respect.
According to my OB with a specialization in perinatology (high risk pregnancy), I must wash my privates religiously and frequently during my post partum period to avoid infection.
One of my friends, told me she only used wipes.
A reader emailed me and this is what she said..
I did the "sauna" thing.. (boil water with herbs or in my case bayabas leaves for antibactirial properties) then put that in the urinola then "steam" my err. nether regions.. bawal maligo eh. but I did still wash it with a wash my OB prescribed ha... and warm water.
...punas punas ng wet wash cloth except for the nether regions na I was adamant to wash. Nakasquat pa ako nun trying not to wet my legs. and mabilis lang talaga. Warm water too. I did it after I steam myself.
Another reader pointed out...
And after giving birth pala duduguin ka pa parang mens.
I talked to my mother-in-law about this and she said.
You can wash your private parts. Just use the bidet so that you don't get other parts of your body wet.
That seems like a reasonable compromise.
Bottom line is...keep your vagina happy. She worked hard.