I was not prepared for the aftermath of childbirth, I honestly wish I had done more research and reading about it. I was young to think that I would go in and it would all be honky dory. Hopefully you didn’t make that same mistake as I and did your research! What I learned from my experience with the aftermath of childbirth is that having a Postpartum care package is a must. It will help your recovery go smoothly.
My Postpartum Must Haves
Our oldest son was a big, big baby. I ended up tearing internally and developing hemorrhoids from the 2.5 hours of pushing. It wasn’t very pretty! The tucks pads have witch hazel that helps soothe the area and keep it clean while the area heals. I definitely recommend stocking up on it–you’ll thank me later.
I nursed our first born son and man, those suckers were sore. Nipple creams / butter are used to help soothe and moisturize them in between feedings. The awesome thing about this product is that it is all natural, meaning you can use it all you want! No need to wash before nursing.
Don’t laugh, this was a godsend. After the birth of our big head JJ, things were swollen down there–badly. Luckily I only had an abrasion with our youngest, but with JJ I tore internally, it wasn’t very pretty. It was nice to just sit and soak for a few minutes a few times a day.
I learned the hard way what could happen after epidural, ended up having two (yes two) blockages after having JJ. I was already in so much pain from delivering and now I had to deal with blockages. Not fun. The stool softeners will help loosen everything up for you and prevent even more discomfort.
You do not have to buy nursing bras that have all of the bells and whistles. I bought the cheapest ones I could find and they held up. I definitely recommend using nursing bras because they have easy clasps at the top of the breast for you to pull down when it was time to nurse. Also if you can buy some nursing pads to insert into your bras, you’ll find that your milk will drip as well.
Comfy shirts or tanks are a must! When your milk drops, usually a couple days later, your boobs will be engorged. I liked big shirts because I could easily hide my breasts when nursing if we had company over. Not only was it good to hide under, it was just much more comfortable lounging around in. You just had a baby, you don’t need to get dressed up!
During my postpartum period I lived in my husband’s sweatpants. I couldn’t fit into anything of mine, they were too tight and constricting. I definitely recommend borrowing your significant other’s sweats or purchasing a couple larger pairs for recovery.
If you didn’t buy cozy maternity underwear I definitely recommend purchasing some larger sized panties. You will need large cozy underwear (or granny panties) because you’ll be swollen from the excess fluids. Having a large pair of underwear will also benefit you because of the heavy postpartum period you’ll experience after birth.
STOCK UP ON THESE BAD BOYS. Postpartum periods are very, very heavy! It is like aunt flow but on steroids, I would definitely recommend purchasing heavy flow pads until about the 4th week. Definitely keep a stash of some light flow pads until the coast is clear. Some have recommended to soak and freeze the pads the night before to help soothe.
This is so amazing and discrete and a must! I used this a lot during my Postpartum, it helps soothe your stitches and abrasions. You just have to add in warm water and use it after you use the restroom. Small too so you can keep it in the bathroom or discretely in the diaper bag.
Lastly you’ll need a large water bottle, I was lucky and received a free large water bottle from the hospital when I was in labor. The bottle was maybe 64 ounces and I used the shit out of it. You’ll need to stay hydrated so if you don’t get one from the hospital you can snag some on Amazon.
My postpartum experience
Delivery was very traumatic on me, therefore I couldn’t walk right and waddled everywhere. I could not lay on my side in bed and had to lay up right, my poor husband would get up with the baby and hand him to me to nurse.
After about two weeks I was able to get up on my own to get our son to nurse and walk right. My poor pelvis didn’t stop hurting up until I was 6 months postpartum.
I was more prepared with the second
Recovery was much simpler with Jaxson due to the fact that I had experience from the previous pregnancy and delivery. There is nothing fun about postpartum but I hope that my list of must haves will help make your recovery much easier.
Am I missing anything on my list or want to share your experience? Let me know!