Okay, you’ve carried this angel around for nine months, given birth, and brought your sweet bundle home. You would think that would be it and everything could just go back to normal now, right? In reality you will need time to recover from birth and get your body back to functioning at normal. I have had four children and I’ve compiled a list of 10 things to help you recover from baby.
10 Things To Help You Recover From Baby
- Dermoplast Spray – If you deliver vaginally then this will be one of your best friends. You will be so sore down there and this numbing spray will help you carry on with your day instead of focusing on all the pain your downstairs bits are in.
- Tucks Medicated Pads – Putting one of these bad boys on your pad go right along with the dermoplast spray. This helps you stay comfortable in your pelvic region in between bathroom visits throughout the day. These are soaked in witch hazel and not only provide vaginal relieve, but if you were also gifted with hemorrhoids during pregnancy these also help soothe the pain from those.
- Bikini or Hipster Style Undies – You will be bleeding for a few weeks and will not be able to use tampons. You will need large enough panties to house your larger than life pads. These are the panties I use and I love them (even though my husband refers to them as my parachutes lol) because they are large, full-coverage and cheap enough that if they are ruined it will not be a big deal.
- Maxi Pads – I have tried many flow sizes over the years and have found that my safest bet was to just go ahead and buy the overnight with wings maxi pads. They don’t leak even after four straight hours of sleep at night. That is a plus because you will be bleeding A LOT and you don’t want to bleed into your bedding during a nice (and much needed) three to four hour stretch of sleep.
- Advil – Since you will be in pain in multiple areas of your body then some type of pain medicine will come in handy. My preference is Advil because it helps with inflammation, whereas Tylenol only helps relieve pain. I have always found Advil to work much better.
- Belly Wrap – Belly wraps are super beneficial for many things after having a baby. They aid in posture correction, which is super awesome for those nursing mamas out there who will be hunched over a baby most of the day and night. Also, they aid in getting the uterus to shrink back down to it’s normal size. The most noticeable benefit would of course be helping you to bounce back to pre-pregnancy size and shape quicker than you normally would. I was thinking of trying a 3-in-1 belly wrap, but have since changed my mind because I don’t want it to be too noticeable under my clothes and I feel like the 3-in-1 would not lay flat under shirts.
- Stool Softener – This is especially important if you had any type of pain medication or narcotic during or after the birth of your baby. That will typically cause constipation and that will lead to hard stools when you are able to go. On top of the hemorrhoids you probably have, that will be a nightmare. Using stool softener will ease the bathroom trips for you.
- Nursing Pads – Even if you don’t plan to nurse your baby, you will still have a lot of milk coming out. Nursing pads will prevent you from ruining any clothing.
- Bidet Bottle – Some hospitals will send you home with a little squirt bottle because if you deliver vaginally then you will not be able to wipe. You are typically told to spray warm water down there after each bathroom trip. This specific bottle is amazing because the nozzle tilts to making spraying off SO much easier than a regular squeeze bottle.
- Rest – This obviously cannot be purchased, but if I have learned anything over the past four births it has been that resting as often as possible (which I know is not often in the first few weeks) is absolutely necessary. It helps with recovery, your mood, your health, and if nursing then it helps your supply. So when someone offers help, take it. When baby naps, stop doing the things your doing and just sit down. Rest as often as you’re able!
So those are my favorite postpartum recovery items, most of which I have on the before baby checklist to make sure you’re prepared, which you can print below. I hope that you have an easy recovery and that you’re well prepared for baby and recovery! Your baby needs a happy, healthy, and energized mommy so making sure your comfortable is the foundation to achieving that!
What is in your postpartum recovery kit?
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