You've done all your research and shopping for everything baby could possibly need, but what about you? Did you remember to remember you? It is so important to take care of yourself so you can be the best shape possible and enjoy that blissful newborn stage. Recovering from childbirth is certainly not glamorous and perhaps not something you want to think about before your first delivery, but take my word for it--you'll want to have this stuff on hand!
Despite having a little more "activity" in my lady region during my recent delivery, this recovery has been much more smooth than my first. There are however a few things I have found that make that "time" a little more comfortable.
Here are my postpartum essentials ::
one || Somehow, I had convinced myself that nipple discomfort was limited to your first child. Wrong-O! Slather some Lanolin and colostrum on those babies and go about your business. I like this stuff because it is completely safe for both baby and myself plus it makes great lip balm. ;)
two || How many times were you told during pregnancy to "stay hydrated and try to take it easy?" 1,000? 15,000? A lot. Just a lot! Both of those things are still important after your baby is born, in fact your milk supply and energy levels depend on it. I like to keep a few CamelBak water bottles stashed around the house as a reminder for me to drink up!
three || I'll spare you the gory details, but suffice it to say your regular period pads may not be up to the postpartum bleeding challenge. I like the Always overnight pads.
four || Personally, I like wearing button up sleep shirts both in the hospital and lounging around the house. They are easy to breastfeed in and they make me feel a little more pulled together than if I was just a ratty old t-shirt.
five || Refer to number three. ;) Even the most heavy duty pads fail, so invest in some cheap undies so you can just toss them as you go. Oh, make sure to size up.
six || Hear me out on this one, steal a couple of diapers from your little ones stash. Soak them in water then stick them in the freezer. Once they have frozen put them in your underwear and you have an icepack/ pad combination made in heaven! If your looking for even more relief, you can fold up one of the wipes from number seven and place it between your skin and the diaper. Ah-mazing!
seven || Umm, why doesn't anyone give you a heads up on hemorrhoids?! I mean, help a sister out! Anyway, these Preparation H Medicated Wipes for Women are the only hemorrhoid wipes on the market designed specifically for women making them ideal to use both during pregnancy and postpartum. They are made with aloe, chamomile, and cucumber making them super cooling and refreshing. I have a couple packs of these--one by each toilet.
eight || Now, I'm not sure what kind of actual healing power these soothies gel pads have, but they feel damn good! I keep them in the fridge during feedings and put them on over the lanolin ointment as soon as baby is finished nursing... Ahhh! Cool, refreshing, nipple bliss.
nine || I seriously live in comfy black pants for the first few days, even weeks after delivery. I repeat black (or navy, or dark gray) pants. Not white or light colored pants, you feel me? Aside from preserving your clothing, comfort is the name of the game!
I have only had vaginal deliveries, so if you have any must-haves for recovering from a c-section, please let me know in the comments below!
I wish you all the best in your delivery and recovery!