It seems like the first thing we do when we are expecting is prepared for the new baby we will soon snuggle in our arms. We gather up things for our hospital bag and collect tiny baby essentials we will soon need. It took me three pregnancies to realize that I never stopped to think about myself, recovery and the afterbirth must-haves. I don’t think I truly prepared for my recovery like I did this time around, or maybe because no one really talks about the unglamorous reality of postpartum recovery.
Maybe because of our excitement of soon meeting our new baby that we forget about ourselves. Something very important I learned throughout my previous pregnancies is, preparation is the key to a quick recovery and transition. If you have things on hand for the post-op period, you’ll breeze through it, I promise. Your recovery should be about feeling comfortable and slowing getting healthy again. Not about fitting into your skinny jeans right away, be patient and caring to your body. Trust me you will have plenty of time for that later.
What essential products do you need for a post-partum recovery?
+ Belly Binding
I’m a firm believer of belly binding after giving birth and the benefits it provides. After you give birth, your midsection is deflated, and it takes a while for the abdominal muscles to regain strength and return to its normal size quicker.
You will especially need one if you had a c-section delivery (like me), they add great incision support and help recovery immensely. Wearing a girdle or belly band can relieve lower back and muscle pain. It can also help with posture and repair diastasis recti, which can occur from the uterus growing and stretching out the abdominal muscles. I’m currently wearing a Bellefit Corset and I’m obsessed, the support it provides is incredible I plan to wear it for 30 days, I will provide an update on a separate blog post here on my site. The Bellefit Corset helps new moms recover their belly after giving birth. Made with Medical-grade & Hypoallergenic Fabric, this Corset provides support and compression to help moms have a faster postpartum recovery.
There is a big difference between using a postpartum girdle and waist training, and I wouldn’t want you to confuse the two. Using a postpartum girdle is completely safe and it provides the support your body needs after giving birth to slowly get active again.
+ Sprays, Balms, Lotions and Salves
- HYDRATING LOTION – Jergens Skin Firming Lotion, the formula features a unique illuminating HYDRALUCENCE blend, Collagen, and Elastin. Improves skin’s resiliency, elasticity, and firmness. It also relieves dryness and replenishes moisture to improve skin’s tone, texture, and luminosity.
- LIP BALM – Day and Night
- ALOE VERA – Apply aloe vera all over your stomach and breast to hydrate your skin.
- LANOLIN – Nipple cream for breastfeeding provides safe and effective relief for sore nipples
+ Stool Softener
The scariest thing for me after delivering my boys has been passing the first bowel movement, TMI I know but its the truth. This was my third c section and my biggest fears after delivery have been passing gas/bowel movement, sneezing, coughing, or feeling menstrual cramps. Right after surgery, you feel like your insides will fall out with the slightest movement. If you had a c section before, then you know exactly what I’m talking about, even laughing hurts. Ouch! I strongly recommend taking a stool softener to make that first bowel movement easier and less scary. Always make sure to ask your care provider before using.
+ Peppermint Tea
It helps you increase your fluid intake and ease trapped gas to help with bloating and discomfort. Regular use of peppermint extract is known to reduce breast milk supply. However, you will only need a few doses to shift the trapped win.
+ Ginger Tea
Perfect for indigestion, soothes pain, menstrual cramps, headaches and helps with bloating and inflammation. I currently drink 3x cups a day, one after each meal.
+ Peri Bottle
Use your peri bottle every time you use the restroom, keeping your self dry and clean is essential to avoid any infections or urinary tract infections. You can get fancy and purchase a Frida baby MomWasher, I just used the free bottle they gave me at the hospital, its free and gets the job done.
+ Disposable Underwear and Flushable Wipes
Instead of using the mesh underwear and adding a maxi pad like they tell you to do in the hospital I found using disposable underwear like Always Discreet Boutique Underwear a lot more comfortable and helpful. No matter how you deliver your baby, you will have a bloody show after giving birth for a few days, maybe 2 weeks. I used these for the first week, then switched to cotton high-waisted underwear and regular liner pads.
+ Cotton Underwear / Boy Shorts
Big cotton underwear or boy short panties are essential after giving birth if you have a c-section like myself you want to make sure you buy comfortable high-waisted underwear maybe with 25% spandex.
+ Hot/Cold pack
Keep handy to relieve back pain, if needed.
+ Nursing Bras and/Pads
Finding a nursing bra is simple. If it fits and you feel comfortable, get it! Keep in mind that if you’re shopping before baby arrives, consider buying one or two sizes larger than usual, so you have one ready to wear after birth. Current nursing bras I’m loving.
+ Pain Killers
Lastly, keep your pain killers close by, I tried my hardest to deal with the pain instead of reaching for pills. Keep in mind that taking too many pills can cause constipation.
Well there you have it, it truly hope this helps and if you have any question please feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org.