There are so many things to think about when having a baby for the first time. It's simply overwhelming. We rarely think about our recovery process, we're just waiting to see our baby, hold them, kiss them, because we've waited so damn long to meet them! I knew nothing about what happens after delivering your baby. I heard about the mental struggle, possible depression, unstable hormones. I heard nothing about the physical. I didn't even think about it to be honest. So if there are any mamas out there like me, I've put a list together for you.... so that you don't need to think about it until the time comes, with this list you'll be ready. So here are the things that really helped me out.
Sitz bath Pan
. The hospital may give you a sitz bath pan and a squirt bottle for both hemorrhoids and vagina. Basically you fill up the pan with warm water, place it on top of your toilet, and sit in it for 20 min. It's so soothing, I can't even tell you. I purchased Earth Mama's Herbal Sitz Bath
to include in my sitz bath, and it totally helped. After the sitz bath, I used the squirt bottle
to clean the area well. Then I would put on hemorrhoid cream that my hospital gave me and I was healed in less than a week. I also used a donut-shaped pillow
. This is a pillow to sit on when you have hemorrhoids or stitches after birth. This helped me so much!!
Nipple cream. If your nipples are seriously damaged from learning to breastfeed for the first time, the best cream I ever used was prescribed to me by my doctor. It’s the Dr.Jack Newman cream, they’ll know what it is. It basically healed my nipples in between feeds, MAGIC. If for some reason you don't have access to this cream, you can try Earth Mama's Nipple Butter
, I've heard incredible things.
Breast pump. I got the the Medela Double Breast Pump
as a gift, when I had to go back to work pretty much 2 weeks after giving birth.
Ice Maxi Pads
by Frida. These are the best cooling pads for down there, just a 20 minute treatment, but does wonders!
Witch Hazel Liners
by Frida. These are really nice to put on top of your cooling pads, witch hazel can reduce swelling, it's worth a try!
Disposable Postpartum Underwear by Frida.
These are so comfy, I don't know where to begin. The truth is, they're also great to have in the hospital with you, not just after birth. The amount of bleeding will vary for everyone, I just found that these came in handy for some of the heaviest days after birth.
Postpartum recovery belt. If you think you might want one, the Belly Bandit
or other similar belt can help keep things in place as your belly shrinks back to size.
. This helped me sooo much in the first 2 months, that I would say if you're having your first baby, it's nice to have for support.
If you're reading this, you're probably pregnant, just about to give birth, already gave birth and desperate to relieve pain, or none of the above and just curious about after birth stuff, which is amazing! Either way, this is something a lot of women go through, and as overwhelming as it may sound, we're in this together! Feel free to DM me if you have any questions!
Lots of love to all you mamas!
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