Inside: These are the top postpartum essentials you must have at home after childbirth to help ease discomfort and put you on the path to a quick recovery. Learn more about getting ready for baby now.
Let’s get real for a second.
Having babies is not what you think. It’s not what you see on tv. It’s not even what other people tell you. (yet here I am telling you about it. See the irony?)
Every mom has a different story. A different experience. A different body.
In a rush?
Having my first baby felt like completing a triathlon while being attacked by wild monkeys and having the superhuman senses of Spiderman. Every noise was a shockwave through my system. Every touch like being seared by scalding oil.
In short, it felt like death without an end.
Fast forward 4 years later to the birth of my second child and you wouldn’t believe the contrast.
I was like Richard Simmons on a post-workout high after birthing my second baby. I was happy, laughing and felt like I could go for a jog around the block and beat my personal record (although my midwife advised against it). My biggest complaint was my toe wouldn’t stop cramping.
It was night and day.
But there’s one aspect that didn’t change after both babies:
My postpartum care routine.
Because once you pass a baby through a birth canal, you’re going to need to help your body recover. These are the best postpartum essentials I’ve come across to help get you back on track as quickly as possible.
Postpartum Essentials You’ll Need For Recovery
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Although this underwear may make you feel like a decrepit old lady, they’re perfect for postpartum care. You’ll only need to use them for a few days to a week (in most cases), but you’ll have the peace of mind that you won’t accidentally bleed on your everyday underwear. Plus they’re very stretchy and dare I say, comfortable.
If you’ve haven’t checked out my hospital bag checklist, then you’ll be able to knock out two to-dos at one time. If you’re even thinking about nursing your baby, please, please have some nipple cream on hand. This one was my favorite because it’s all natural and it provided the most relief.
If I hadn’t taken a birthing class, I would have never known to take stool softener after having my baby. I did take it and thankfully, I did not have any (additional) pain when using the bathroom. I don’t know if I would have if I hadn’t taken it, but I definitely didn’t want to find out the hard way.
These bath herbs were recommended to me by my midwife and they were essential to provide me some much-needed relief. Although I hate to take baths, I think this herbal blend help speed my recovery time.
Another recommendation from my midwife that I want to shout from the rooftop is this after birth tincture. In case you aren’t aware, your body will have mild contractions/cramps for a few days after having your baby that are NOT comfortable. Even though this tincture had a strong taste to me it was worth it for the pain relief. When I forgot to take it, I had much more intense cramping.
You can never have too many things to help such a delicate area heal. These pads are great for dabbing around the affected area for relief from burning or inflammation.
I admit this sounds really superficial, but after having a baby you’re going to want anything and everything that’ll make you feel a little prettier. With my first son, I used a cheap belly band that didn’t end up doing anything.
The second time around, I researched more and bought this postpartum girdle. Although expensive, I was amazed at how it instantly made me look like I did before I got pregnant. Plus, it really did help my stomach and hips shrink down quicker. All in all, I would use this girdle after every baby I have!
This spray is another natural product to help speed recovery. I think this one was most effective for any tearing that happened during childbirth.
You’ll want some heavy flow pads for at least a week or so. If you have a heavy menstrual flow, then you’ll probably like using these postpartum pads. I liked how much they hold and that they’re made from organic cotton.
If you’re breastfeeding your baby, then you should continue to take prenatal vitamins. I was totally unaware of this when I had my first baby and took nothing after birth. With my second, I learned a lot more and continued to take these prenatal vitamins until after we finished nursing.
Fingers crossed for a gentle birth, but even if nothing goes wrong you’ll want to avoid using toilet paper for a little while. Instead, get a few of these peri bottles and use them to rinse after using the bathroom. It feels really strange to squirt water instead of wipe, but your body will thank you.
Have you had a baby? If so, what’s something you absolutely recommend for postpartum care? Let me know in the comments below.