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What was the biggest mistake that I made before having my baby? It was not having a postpartum kit ready for me when I came home from the birthing center. As a young mom, I was going into this postpartum journey extremely blind and also a little over-confident about how I assumed I would feel after giving birth.
Long story short, a 15 hour, all natural birth to a whopping nine pound baby (I’m a very small person), put me in a (just being honest here), painful position. Furthermore, I quickly learned what I needed to heal my postpartum body and mind.
From one mama to another, here are the products that I have discovered during my recovery after child-birth. This is a list consisting of all the postpartum care essentials that are necessary for healing after you have a baby.
P.S. If you have not already given birth to your sweet baby, learn from my mistake Mama. Prepare this kit before hand for a convenient recovery.
1.BIG Maxi Pads
Yes, I know, everyone says it, but I could not leave this one out! While the amount of bleeding that will happen after child-birth is nothing to be scared of, it may be shocking to someone who is unprepared. Four words for you: THESE PADS ARE LIFESAVERS!
2. Bed Pad
It is also a good idea to have a bed pad underneath you when you sleep. Sometimes we sleep longer than expected and the bleeding can soak through the pad if we are not careful. Save your sheets and effort it takes to wash them with this simple solution!
3. Large Underwear
The first week you are going to need underwear that will fit the big maxi pads. I suggest buying underwear that you don’t mind throwing away later, in a size up than you were wearing when you were pregnant. Additionally, within the first few weeks, you will NOT want anything tight-fitting down there. So keep it as comfortable as possible!
The homeopathic Arnica is, let me just say, A LIFESAVER TOO! It is made to help lessen bruising and aid in helping with muscle soreness; exactly what a newly postpartum mama needs! Arnica is safe to take moments after giving birth (which I actually highly recommend) and if you choose to breastfeed. Arnica is also safe to give to babies!
5. Witch Hazel Pads
Witch Hazel is good for cleaning as well as fighting infections. It is also good for preventing itching. There are a couple of ways that you can use witch hazel.
First, you can do what all moms rave about; witch hazel pads. Although something that I did not do myself, I like this recipe from modernalternativemama.com because it combines some of my favorite healing essential oils.
Additionally, I used witch hazel in wipe form. As soon as I felt everything was well enough for me to gently wipe with a witch hazel soaked wipe, I did.
6. Perineal Spray
During my postpartum journey, this was the best thing on earth. Am I exaggerating? Not at all! Perineal Spray is used to sooth the pain and itch that is going on down there as well as helps with the healing process overall. While not many things will “feel good” during this early time of your postpartum journey, this most likely will.
Here is a DIY Perineal Spray by doterra.com, combining the best essential oils for soothing and healing.
Also Related: The Best Essential Oils For Energy
7. Peri Bottle
You will need a peri bottle for two reasons. The first one is to use instead of wiping after using the restroom. The first week or so after childbirth, wiping is not recommended in prevention of irritation and (if you have stitches) ripping your stitches out. I KNOW, OUCH RIGHT?! This is why your new best friend is a peri bottle.
Secondly, you can use the peri bottle to fill up with your DIY Perineal Spray from above. Just spray on yourself the mixture after using the restroom to provide relief.
8. Protein Bars (Or Easy Protein Source)
After child-birth and especially if you are breastfeeding, it is essential to nourish your body with protein that will keep your body going throughout the long days of little sleep. Protein bars are a great and easy source to consume a high amount of protein in a quick amount of time. (Because we all know the baby starts to cry as soon as we sit down to eat, right?)
These REDCON1 MRE Bars are my favorite because they are HIGH in calories that are needed to nourish my body and HIGH in protein. They also taste amazing (hint…they have a Sprinkled Donut flavor!) Additionally, I love them because they contain whole foods in which REDCON1 claims, “won’t upset your stomach, cause cramping, or give you unwanted gas”.
While the MRE Bar’s food label states that they may contain milk, REDCON1 claims that there is such a small amount of milk, that even the most allergic consumer will not react to it. Personally, my exclusively breastfed son is allergic to dairy and he DOES NOT react when I consume these bars.
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Also Related: Sweet Potato Pie Protein Pancakes Recipe
9. Bath Herbs
Bath Herbs are great for healing the “down there” parts as well as just relaxing. When I used bath herbs after having my son, I brought him into the bath with me. While a good healing step for me, it was also an unforgettable moment for the two of us. It completely relaxed him and I enjoyed (finally comfortably) siting down while cuddling and nursing my newborn.
10. Nipple Balm
For my breastfeeding mamas out there, this is also a lifesaver. I’m just going to get down and dirty, OUR NIPPLES ARE NOT USED TO THIS! Cracking, soreness, etc. is bound to happen. Nipple balm will help!
11. Breast Pads
Also, for my breastfeeding mamas, breast pads may or may not be an obvious essential. If you are breastfeeding, these are A MUST. Breast Pads will help prevent leaking. You can use reusable, cloth breast pads (the money saver) or if you’re like me and have an extremely heavy milk flow, you can use disposable breast pads (that absorb like a diaper). Either way you decide to go, make sure to STOCK UP Mama!
12. Afterbirth Sitz Bath
Similar to the bath herbs, sitz baths are a great way to promote healing and sooth your sore body. I like this sitz bath by Wish Garden Herbs because it is full of wonderful, organic healing components.
13. Mama Tea
Most mamas do not thinking about the contractions that will continue to happen during the first week, after you have given birth. Although not nearly as bad as when you were in labor, these crampy contractions (your uterus shrinking) will be uncomfortable. Nourishing your body with this tea will help sooth those cramps.
14. Lactation Bars
Although not a necessity, lactation bars are a great way to boost your milk supply/promote healthy breastfeeding in general. I am a huge fan of the Milkful Lactation Bars in Maple Walnut. Containing 250 calories, these are such a great source of nutrients for your milk-making body. They contain all organic, and good-for-you ingredients too.
15. Belly Support
Belly support is NOT to shrink your belly but to provide support for your floating organs trying to find their way back to their spot and loose skin (that will go away with time if you are on the right healthy postpartum track). Belly support also provides pressure on your midsection, which helps your uterus shrink.
16. Perineal Cold Pack
I am sad to say that I waited to start using Perineal Cold Packs until a week after I had my son. Mama’s, learn from my mistake and start using them as soon as possible! Along with aiding the swelling to go down, they feel SO GOOD (well as good as good can get at that point). Disposable, adhesive perineal cold packs are the way to go because they allow easy clean up, acting like a pad and stick right onto your underwear.
17. Mother’s Milk Tea
Mother’s Milk Tea is again, great for boosting your milk supply as a breastfeeding mom. It contains herbs that are awesome for promoting healthy breastfeeding.
18. Essential Oils/Diffuser
Essential oils were a huge part of my healing process postpartum. Diffusing oils in a diffuser, such as lavender at night can aid in relaxation and better sleep. Additionally, using oils such as frankincense or lavender topically can promote healing. Essential oils have many beneficial opportunities to them.
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