Yay! You gave birth to a beautiful baby! Unfortunately, your body thinks it ran a marathon and went through five rounds of boxing! You hurt in places you didn’t even know were places! This is all normal (however, I will soon be writing a post about postpartum symptoms you should never ignore).
So, momma, I found some great things you should have close by that’ll make this recovery thing a little better…
- Always Discreet Boutique Incontinence Underwear for Women: Ok so, after you get home from the hospital and no longer have access to their “wonderful” mesh panties, these are the best for the first few days. Absolutely no worries, ladies! Cough, sneeze, yodel! You got this and this is not forever! I promise!
- Padsicles: I found this recipe that literally was so great! Make now, enjoy later as a way to reduce the swelling and to speed healing (If you want the truth about swelling, this video will help!). You really only need witch hazel, aloe vera gel and Always Overnight Maxipads with Wings. Put the witch hazel then the aloe vera on the pads, wrap them back up, stick like 10 of these in a freezer bag and freeze for later delight.
- Maxi Pads: Grab an extra package… You’ll thank me later.
- New Mama Bottom Spray: This stuff works and is so easy to apply! It contains witch hazel which will reduce the swelling “down there”, antibacterial lavender, and cooling peppermint. It sprays upside down which makes it easy to apply on the loo.
- AfterEase, Organic Herbal Supplements: Guess what? You may continue to feel contractions as your uterus returns to unpregnant size. Joy. Get these.
- Postpartum Antianxiety Room Spray: My marvelous friend at Better Blends made me an essential oil mixture. I’m on board with oils, but haven’t the slightest clue how to blend. I just told her that I wanted help with the postpartum anxiety that sometimes came with my firstborn. She delivered 😊
- Stainless Steel Tumbler: I love this tumbler! I swear the stainless steel makes the water taste better. I like the straw too because I drink so much faster with a straw and it’s easier to maneuver since you now have a newborn glued to your boob. Breastfeeding makes you thirsty!
- Comfy Robe: I recommend staying in bed as much as you can the first few days. I know I was a hot mess wearing the same nightie for many days, but with this robe you’ll be covered to answer the door for that yummy delivery pizza you just ordered!
- Sleep Nursing Bras: You’ll want to get these and use bamboobies overnight reusable nursing pads because milk will get everywhere if you don’t (why didn’t anyone warn me??). Bonus they are comfortable and work under most t-shirts.
- An appointment with your chiropractor, masseuse, and pedicurist. Then you’ll be back to feeling like your fabulous self in no time!
What an amazing body you have! It carried, nurtured and protected a human being for 40 weeks (give or take)… Then it pushed out a baby or maybe is beautifully healing from a cesarean! I want you to look down at that small (and believe me it’s small!) belly and smile! It did a wonderful job.
A tip I came across that really helped me, watch a sad movie about three days after the birth. It helped me rationalize the strange emotional roller coaster of postpartum hormones. However, if you think that you may be suffering from more than just the baby blues, please know that you are not alone and please contact your OB/GYN or midwife who can further evaluate you.
Did I forget anything? Leave it in the comments!
Love & hugs,
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