I'm nearing the end of my second pregnancy and have been finalizing all the details before I come home with two tiny babies—yes, twins! We already have their bassinets set up and I have my hospital bag packed so we can run out of the house with everything we need when the time comes.
But mamas can often forget about *their* recovery—you know, how you're going to heal postpartum. Being a second-time mom means that I have a better sense of what I will need to recover after birth. My first experience was a C-section and this one will likely go the same route, however I'm making sure to have some products to help if I do have a vaginal delivery since you never know how and when babies are going to arrive.
Here's what I have at home for my postpartum recovery:
When you're recovering from pregnancy and birth, proper pelvic cleaning and care are important. Our midwife recommends Tucks pads to help relieve perineal discomfort and to aid in healing—just line them on your pad and you're good to go. They offer immediate relief from the burning and itching while soothing and protecting inflamed areas. The witch hazel formula is gentle and can be used for cleansing outer rectal and vaginal areas. Tucks Pads also offer relief from hemorrhoids which can occur during the 3rd trimester or after giving birth.
When I was at home the first few days after having my first child, all I wanted to do was walk around with as minimum clothing as possible. This time around, I'm treating myself to a robe so I can be comfortable all day but still feel covered up in case guests drop by.
Whether you are breastfeeding or pumping, your nipples will forever thank you when you put on some of this butter on them. Trust me when I say this: It makes everything easier and better.
This is one of the items I skipped after my first birth and still regret it. I didn't like the compression band I got from my hospital so instead of looking for alternatives, I just didn't wear one and it made healing and recovery take so much longer.
You won't want to wear your regular clothes (plus, your body needs time to adjust) for a while so invest in a pair of comfortable pants you can wear around the house and maybe even venture to the supermarket in. No judgements from us, mama.
These undies are not only super soft and elegant, they are also high-waisted—an ideal cut regardless of how you gave birth since it keeps incisions covered and your softened tummy supported.
If you deliver at a hospital you will probably be sent home with mesh undies and pads, which are fine for the first day or so. However, for me, disposable underwear really made a difference because it stays in place and you don't have to worry about leaks.
When my milk came in, it did so at full force and I was soaking through bras and shirts constantly. These nursing pads catch the extra milk so you don't have to worry about giant stains on your top.
If you decide to breastfeed, a nursing pillow is key to help you (and baby) stay comfortable and in the right position. It will help your posture now and then you can use it to do some tummy time with your baby later on.
You can also get a leakproof bra from Knix instead of the pads above. It comes with nursing clips, making your breasts accessible for baby at all times—and yes, it really does work.
One of the softest items I own, but most importantly, it gives you easy access to your breast for you to feed or pump easily if you choose to breastfeed.
If you have a C-section, I recommend using a silicone gel once your scar is fully healed (no stitches and after your postpartum visit) to keep the area moisturized and to help the scar fade away.
File under: Items I didn't know I needed, but really needed. I'm not going to beat around the bush—pooping after childbirth can be... a lot. Have these handy to help you out when needed.
This mini fridge is perfect to keep in your room so you have beverages around the clock while you rest. A bonus use for it is storing breastmilk you pump overnight so you don't have to get out of bed and walk all the way to the fridge, maximizing snooze time.
This upside down peri bottle helps mamas recovering from any type of birth. It makes cleaning down there easier without having to bend over or get in uncomfortable positions.
Nettle infusions are great if you have low iron, are tired or need some extra hydration. I drink them throughout my pregnancy and postpartum recovery. As with many herbs, we don't have many studies to confirm their safety during pregnancy or breastfeeding, so it's always a good idea to check with your provider before starting a new herb.
Bone broth is incredibly nourishing and ideal for your postpartum recovery. I love that it helps me stay hydrated when I'm tired of drinking plain water.
It's so important to stay hydrated after birth so I carry around a water bottle with me at all times. I like this one because it's glass, which makes cleaning way easier.
I know this might seem extra right now, but when you are stuck under a napping baby and cannot reach the remote control and your phone is out of battery, you'll wish you'd have this at home. I used one to listen to the news, music, podcasts, anything to keep me entertained.
You'll be spending a lot more time at home and on the couch so what better time than now to catch up on all the shows you've been meaning to watch?
If you find that getting all these items separately is a bit overwhelming, you can get one of the many recovery kits Bodily offers to make sure you have the basics covered for when you come home.
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