When I went through the whole labor process with Monster, I thought that would be the hardest part.
I didn’t know what waited for me afterwards: the postpartum stage. Funny thing is (or not really), I never actually researched what to expect during the postpartum stage so I was in for a surprise when I got to it.
Things were a little easier when I had Gremlin, even though I had a Cesarean so there were a couple of things that were different postpartum (looking after your incision).
With my third pregnancy, I was much more prepared for my postpartum recovery and I made sure I had all the necessary products to help me get through the stage and make sure that I was as comfortable as possible.
These are the products that have helped me along with my postpartum recovery; all of them can be used postpartum for a vaginal birth and a Cesarean. Right at the end of the post, I’ll suggest the products that are specific to whichever birth you have. I was planning on having a Cesarean with Cay, but that never happened as my labor progressed much quicker than expected and I had to have a natural birth.
Here’s my list of postpartum essentials:
- Maternity Pads – You’re going to use quite a bit of these during your recovery period as you’ll be bleeding for a couple of weeks so make sure you get the right ones. The maternity pads are thick and absorbent, while not exactly comfortable, they work the best!
- Nursing Bras – You’ll find a huge selection of nursing bras in a variety of shops, and they work best if you’re planning on breastfeeding. While these aren’t exactly nursing bras, they’re working like a charm for me. They are elastic and you can easily just raise the one side up when you’re going to breastfeed your baby.
- Linen Savers – These come in handy to protect your bedding during your post baby bleeding stage, and even though the maternity pads do a great job, accidents can happen.
- Nursing Pads – Leaky boobs are a thing when you’re breastfeeding your baby so you need these babies to prevent that from happening, especially in public! I use both the washable and disposable pads on occasion.
- Nipple Cream – No matter how well your baby might be latching, you can still get sore and cracked nipples so having nipple cream on hand is a must!
- Hospital panties and high-waist underwear – Hospital panties are disposable so they are great to use in the first few weeks (also rather them getting ruined than your underwear from home). If you’re having a Cesarean, both of these options are great to have as the elastic doesn’t put pressure on your incision and cause discomfort.
- Separate Wash Cloth – Get yourself a wash cloth (new ones or ones you already have at home that you don’t mind “ruining”) which you can use to wash your lady parts.
- Belly Binder – No matter what type of birth you have, this comes in handy. After a Cesarean, wearing this binder will help suppress the pain from the surgery and allow you to move around with ease. On the other hand, it helps with pushing your belly back (you’ll look around six months pregnant after labor) so that’s a bonus!!
- Happy Event Antenatal Lotion – You can use the product after you’ve already had your baby! A lot of mamas don’t think about it but after your pregnancy, your skin once again goes through changes; trying to restore itself to the state it was before you fell pregnant. You can continue using the lotion to keep your skin moisturized. It is also designed for application during rapid weight loss or gain.
If you had a natural birth:
- Epsom Salt – If you needed to get stitches because of tearing, your doctor will advise you about sitting in the bath with Epsom Salt to help dissolve the stitches as well as help with the swelling of your lady parts.
If you had a Cesarean:
- Compression Socks – These socks are recommended by doctors after surgery, to be worn as much as possible, to prevent blood clots developing in your legs, which is known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
- Tissue Oil – As soon as you’re ready to remove the plaster from your incision, you can start using tissue oil on your scar to help with healing.
Yes, there’s a nutty snack featured on the photo. Having snacks with you is a great idea, especially in the moments when you can’t sit down to have a meal (when you’re breastfeeding), you can at least munch on something. Also remember to stay hydrated, especially if you’re breastfeeding!
You’ll be prescribed pain killers by your doctor and any extra supplements (e.g. laxatives) as needed.
Stick to your pregnancy clothing for a while (go for clothing you wore around six months of pregnancy) as you’ll still be bloated for a few weeks and adjusting to this new season as well as looking after a little baby, you’ll want to feel as comfy as possible.
Good luck with your postpartum journey and congratulations on your bundle of joy!
Did I miss anything that you included in your postpartum essentials? Let me know in the comments!