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Postpartum Must Haves for new moms that every new mom needs in their recovery kit…
Congratulations mama, you’re expecting. It’s not too early to think about what you should have in your postpartum recovery kit.
I was honestly not prepared for the aftermath of childbirth, I wish I had done more research and read more about it. I was so young to think that I would go in and it would all be honky dory.
My Postpartum Experience
Postpartum is far from anything the influencers are portraying on Instagram. Postpartum is brutal and I was honestly not prepared for it. My doctors didn’t prepare me for it nor did I do my own research.
I know, I know.
Don’t be like me, do your research. I’m not trying to scare you but some times recovery can be very, very difficult. Like the recovery after my first born.
I didn’t have a wonderful team of doctors and nurses educating me on how to push while under epidural. I wasn’t prepared at all and ended up pushing and pushing with all of my might – even when I didn’t feel the urge (some say it’s the feeling of having to poop).
Two and a half hours later our oldest son was born, and it was time for me to make my rounds around the labor and delivery ward.
I had a hard time getting up and down the bed, just walking in general. I needed to be helped up into the car, and my husband had to sleep on the baby’s side to help with late night feedings.
Not only was my pelvis in terrible shape, I had to endure TWO blockages from the epidural.
That was my least favorite experience, and then you had the heavy bleeding, engorged breasts, swollen feet, and the crazy emotions.
Why You Should Have a Postpartum Recovery Kit Ready
As you can see it is important to be prepared, don’t be naive like me. Postpartum can be just as unpredictable as pregnancy and birth. You just don’t know what could happen.
You can still prepare for the unknown by having the essentials stocked up and ready for when you come home with the baby.
Trust me, you’ll thank me later!
I actually gifted things that worked for me postpartum to a good friend of ours who recently had their first child. She told me how comfortable she was in her soft nursing bra.
My Postpartum Must Haves Recovery Kit Essentials
If you delivered a football, like me, you will want to stock up on some of these bad boys. Tucks pads have witch hazel in them and that helps sooth the area and keeps it clean while your lady parts heal from birth.
My hospital gave me some tucks pads when I was being discharged but it wouldn’t hurt to go ahead and add some in your postpartum essentials kit!
EARTH MAMA NIPPLE BUTTER
I nursed our first born, JJ, and man my nipples were constantly sore. After feeds I would put on some nipple butter to help alleviate redness and moisturize them. The wonderful thing about the nipple butter is that you don’t have to worry about wiping it off prior to feeds.
Earth Mama is a natural product which means your little one can feed – no need to wash before nursing!
If you’re nursing your little one, make sure you’re aware of the five alarming signs that your baby isn’t getting enough. I had to deal with that with our youngest son who had the inability to suck or swallow.
Number one on my postpartum must haves! Having a sitz bath is definitely recommended. My good friend didn’t buy the insert that you put over the toilet – and soaked in the tub instead. However it caused the tub to get dirty and oily, which means cleaning.
Who wants to clean a bathtub after you just pushed out a football? Not me.
I love that you can place it on the toilet with warm water and sit comfortably while you’re soothing and recovering.
Would you rather soak? That’s fine too! Choose the best recovery option for you. I just prefer sitting on the sitz bath.
I highly recommend using stool softeners after having a baby! I ended up having two blockages post baby due to the epidural (side effects), and man were they painful.
It was definitely difficult because I was already having trouble with getting up and down from the bed and walking.
Using stool softeners will help loosen things up in your digestive tract, but drinking a lot of water will also help with that.
Honestly, you do not need to buy a nursing bra that has all of the bells and whistles! I bought the cheapest one because we were not a one income home – I was a stay-at-home mom.
My favorite nursing bras are the ones that do not have any wires and no clasps – wires are not comfortable.
When it’s time to feed your baby or pump, you can just push the padding to the side. Very simple and cozy. We are all about comfort after having a baby.
I do recommend buying a Haakaa to catch any leaking breast milk while nursing. My breasts leaked a lot when I would nurse my baby, you can capture whatever leaks and feed to baby later.
Related: How to Properly Store Breast-Milk
COZY TANKS + TEES
I used a lot of over-sized shirts and tank tops postpartum, you definitely don’t want anything hugging too tightly.
Plus when your body is trying to adjust to the milk, you’ll find your breasts will be engorged a lot. Anything tight or anything that touched my breasts when I was engorged – hurt.
Another benefit of a large shirt is hiding your breasts and baby while you’re nursing (only if you’re self-conscious about it).
You can also snag one of those cute nursing covers for more privacy.
Like I mentioned above, postpartum recovery after my oldest was very rough. Everything hurt and everything was bloated. The last thing I needed was tight and constricting pants.
I lived in my husband’s sweatpants and yoga pants!
For Christmas I bought my friend these really comfortable sweatpants for recovery – she was very thankful!
COMFY GRANNY PANTIES
I didn’t think maternity underwear was a necessity but it really is. Not only can it benefit you during pregnancy, it can benefit you postpartum.
The wonderful thing about maternity underwear (or granny panties) is that there is nothing constricting! You won’t have a band digging into your postpartum belly or c-section stitches.
It’s also nice to have granny panties (or old underwear in general) for postpartum because of the heavy, heavy bleeding.
PADS + DEPENDS
YOU MUST STOCK UP ON THESE, SERIOUSLY. Postpartum bleeding is very, very heavy. It’s like your aunt flow but on steroids.
I definitely recommend purchasing heavy duty pads, or even depends, for your fourth trimester recovery period.
You can also make pad-sicles – soaking and freezing pads for a more soothing recovery.
Peri-bottles are awesome. I used these a lot for both pregnancies! It’s quite simple to use, you take warm water and you spray your lady parts after you use the bathroom.
It helps keep the area clean without you irritating it with toilet paper! It’s also amazing to have because it is so small and discrete, no one will know you have it in your purse (or diaper bag).
WATER BOTTLE TO STAY HYDRATED
As I mentioned above, staying hydrated is definitely important and key for postpartum. Not only will it help flush out your epidural, it’ll help with milk production as well.
When I went through labor and postpartum with my boys, I had a large water bottle (32 ounces) with me at all times.
Drink your water ladies!
My Final Thoughts on Postpartum Must Haves
Postpartum doesn’t have to be so bad! It is important to prepare, prepare, and prepare! Preparing for postpartum is just as important as preparing your baby’s room, preparing for birth, and more.
Postpartum can be unpredictable but I hope my postpartum checklist helped put your mind a little at ease.
Congratulations mama, and good luck!
Was my postpartum must haves recovery kit helpful to you? Let me know what your postpartum must haves are in the comments below.
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