I prepped for months leading up to Thea’s birth. Now after it all, I can tell you nothing fully prepares you for giving birth and the recovery period. But that is to be expected! From not knowing what real contractions felt like to the uncertainty of post-partum pain, it’s crazy to think I’m on the other side of it, having gone through it all. And honestly, I feel like a superwoman.
Today, I wanted to chat about the necessities I found with post-partum. Before I dive in, I want to point out two things. 1. If you are a male, skip this post. You’d rather not read it, trust me. Or if you are a woman who doesn’t want to learn about feminine care, exit this tab. 2. These are things that I loved and needed but they may not be for everyone! I should also note that I had a vaginal delivery and am breastfeeding.
Every mama’s experience is different but hopefully, this helps the mamas-to-be to know what to have on-hand the moment you come home from the hospital!
1. Bellefit – I HIGHLY recommend getting a Bellefit postpartum girdle. I’ve received so many compliments (ya’ll are the sweetest) on my post-baby body bounce back and this is my secret. It’s worth every penny plus helps relieve my back pain!
2. Perineal Spray – You’ll want this because it gives you quick soothing relief via a spray bottle. Trust me, you’ll need it after a vaginal delivery.
3. Always Discreet Underwear – These came in handy the first few days after delivery. Pack some for the hospital too.
4. Nipple Cream – This cream is worth the extra money. It glides on like a charm.
5. Nursing Bras – I had two of these but quickly realized I needed at least! I recommend looking at Kindred Bravely, H&M, Motherhood Maternity, or Target for these. My favorite is from Kindred Bravely!
6. Nursing Pads – I got these washable ones. You’ll need one for every day of the week!
7. Lotion – I’m washing my hands non-stop which made them very dry! Put a lotion by each sink to avoid cracking and soreness.
8. Frozen Peas – You’re going to be very swollen. Buy these to sit on these for the first post-partum week.
9. Pads – Get a variety of sizes. You’ll want to be comfortable in what you’re wearing!
10. Medication – You’ll want to have Tylenol, stool softener, ibuprofen, and possibly even milk of magnesia on hand.
Hope this helps you new expecting mamas!
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