Giving birth is such a beautiful and traumatic experience. It brings a wonderful, new life into your world, but it’s also painful. Whether you give birth vaginally or by c-section, your body goes through a lot, and it needs time to heal. Your postpartum recovery is a time to rest and enjoy your newborn as much as you can.
Don’t forget these life-saving products in your postpartum recovery survival kit.
First of all, make sure that you can be comfortable! You should rest as much as you can during your postpartum recovery, so make sure you have plenty of pairs of soft, comfortable leggings and soft, flowy shirts. If it’s important to you, you can still have style while you lounge.
Prenatal or postnatal vitamins
We know that a good balance of vitamins and minerals, like folic acid and iron, are essential in early pregnancy, but you still need them after your baby is born. You can keep taking your same prenatal vitamin or switch to a postnatal vitamin like this one by Nature Made. It is made with DHA and extra Vitamin D and B Vitamins to support nursing mothers and their babies.
A good water bottle
Water is an important nutrient that you need every day, but you need it even more for postpartum recovery and breastfeeding. Your body uses water to produce milk for your baby, so be sure to stay hydrated! I find it easiest to drink enough water when I have a good water bottle that is easy to carry everywhere.
The Cactaki Water Bottle is a really great option because it has a strap that makes it easy to carry and time measurements to help remind you to drink water throughout the day. I also love Milton Kids water bottles because they have that same carry strap, but they are small enough to fit in bags and travel with you.
Before I discovered the convenience of the carry strap, I almost always bought Contigo water bottles. I still think you can’t go wrong with Contigo! Their standard Autospout bottle is really easy to use and carry. Plus, they also make an awesome glass water bottle with a super cute silicone sleeve. I’m a big fan.
Don’t forget to nourish yourself! Make it easy for yourself to get good nutrition fast. I liked to start my morning with a protein shake or oatmeal. Then, throughout the day I would snack on things like apple slices, string cheese, baby carrots, and granola bars. Brainstorm a list of healthy snacks that are easy for you to eat and stock up on those!
One of the best ways to prepare for postpartum life is to prepare nutritious freezer meals before you have your baby. You will save so much time and money! Check out my favorite freezer recipes here – they taste great and are easy to prepare.
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After my c-section, a belly binder was one of my most essential items. I couldn’t walk without it! I wish that I had one after my very first delivery too. It really helps you feel stable and a bit less squishy. Your hospital can provide you with a basic one, but you can also buy one like this if it better suits your needs.
Heavy Flow Menstrual Pads or Incontinence Pads
Many first-time moms are surprised by how much blood they lose after delivery. Some of that volume is amniotic fluid, so you might want to buy some incontinence pads that can handle high volume. Go ahead, rock those Depends! You might feel silly at first, but it will make your life easier.
During a c-section, a lot of the fluid is vacuumed out during surgery, so you won’t bleed quite as much as a normal delivery, and heavy-flow menstrual pads should do the trick.
Whether or not you are breastfeeding, you will want to use some nursing pads to soak up the inevitable leakage. Disposable or reusable cloth nursing pads are both great options! You can get 5 free pairs of cute, reusable nursing pads when you use the code, READY4MOTHERHOOD, at breastpads.com. All you have to pay is shipping and handling.
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Comfortable nursing bras
I liked having a couple of soft sleep bras, a couple of underwire everyday bras, and a pumping bra. My very favorite nursing bra is the Gilligan & O’Malley nursing bra from Target. It’s soft, comfortable, and much more affordable than many other bras.
Trying to use the bathroom after delivery is no fun at all! Make sure to take a stool softener daily. If you are not prescribed stool softener after you leave the hospital, you can still buy Dulcolax over the counter. Trust me, just take it!
Peri Bottle or MomWasher
A peri bottle helps you rinse “down there” so that you can stay clean without irritating your stitches after a vaginal delivery. Your hospital will likely provide you with a peri bottle after you deliver, but the Fridababy MomWasher is so much better! It is ergonomically designed to be held upside down, and it has a bent valve so that you don’t have to reach too far. It’s definitely the ideal way to cleanse those sensitive parts after you have a baby.
How to Manage Pain during Postpartum Recovery
Ice is so helpful after any delivery. It is good for reducing inflammation; plus, sometimes that cool numbing feeling is just what you need to help you forget about the pain.
After I delivered my first baby, I often sat on an ice pack. Make sure you have a malleable ice pack that’s comfortable for you to use. If ice is just too much, you can try witch hazel or a cooling spray.
Tucks with Witch Hazel
Medicated Tucks give you that cool feeling without having to sit on ice all the time. You will probably get some at the hospital, but if you don’t, you can buy some here.
Dermaplast Cooling Spray
Your hospital can also provide you with Dermaplast after you deliver, and it’s the best! It’s great for sunburns too. If you prefer all natural products, Earth Mama Cooling Spray has really good reviews.
Especially if you have a c-section, it’s important to regularly take your pain meds on schedule. If you wait too long, sometimes the pain becomes debilitating. It really helps to keep a big bottle of ibuprofen from Costco or Amazon stocked in your medicine cabinet.
Congratulations on getting this far, Mama! I hope you have a smooth postpartum recovery and enjoy your beautiful baby!