Postpartum Essentials for Every Mom
After your baby arrives, you are considered to be in the “postpartum” period of motherhood. With so many things needed to get ready for baby, you may have over looked the things you are going to need for yourself! Check out the postpartum essentials below to help you get back to feeling like yourself again quickly and comfortably!
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For the nursing mama
Nursing bras are essential postpartum. You will be whipping those ta-tas out more than the drunkest girl at a college party. It’s a good idea to have comfy, around the house bras like these and also a shaping, underwire one like this one for when you are able to leave the house.
A nipple guard was my saving grace for the first two weeks of nursing. The first couple of days were pain free. The third day hit and my nipples were so sore I didn’t even want my shirt touching them. This breathable nipple guard gave me the needed space to allow my nipples to heal.
To help with sore, cracked, painful nipples, apply a dab of Lansinoh Nipple Cream. It’s safe for baby and does not have to be wiped off between feedings.
There are not many things that are as embarrassing as leaky boobs for a new mom! It always seems to happen in public, too! Grab these nursing pads to help you with your leaky milk machines!
I lived in my comfy nursing pajamas at the hospital and the first couple of weeks home. They are also great for night time feedings while you’re getting up every couple of hours to feed the baby. These nursing pajamas are comfy and cute!
A good cup is a mom’s best friend! It will keep your coffee hot – or cold, if you like iced coffee – and your water iced down! It’s important to stay hydrated while breastfeeding! I love this one! We could all use a little Mom Fuel!
For your comfort
The mesh panties and thick pads they give you at the hospital didn’t make me feel secure with everything that was going on down there! These Tena disposable undies give you the comfort and security that everything is covered and leak proof!
I placed maxi pads in my disposable undies and then also used them until my postpartum bleeding finally stopped completely. Tena has soft, comfortable maxi pads that provide leak proof protection.
Even for those who refuse to wear “Granny panties”, I promise you, you will not want to be wearing a thong in your postpartum days! Grab yourself some comfy panties like these and choose comfort over vanity!
Spoiler alert!: Child birth leaves your lady parts sore and achy.
I used Dermoplast Pain Relieving Spray multiple times a day and after every trip to the bathroom. It’s easy to apply and gives instant relief.
Apply two tablespoons of witch hazel and a layer of aloe on to your maxi pad. Fold them back up, place in a freezer bag and store in the freezer. They help with healing and provide pain relief as well.
Witch Hazel Pads
Tucks witch hazel pads are great for soothing itching and burning in the perineal area. If you have hemorrhoids after pregnancy or birth, they will help relieve that discomfort as well.
Nothing can prepare you for the first poop. It feels like child birth all over again, but without the epidural. Start taking Colace the day you give birth. You’ll thank me later.
The hospital will provide you with a basic peri bottle like this one that you will want to use to clean yourself after using the bathroom. The Frida is another option that has an angled nozzle for easier access to your precious lady parts.
For your convenience
Those first few weeks – and months! – can get pretty overwhelming. You are exhausted from lack of sleep and you may find yourself forgetting which boob you fed from last, how long they have been napping, or when their last poopy diaper was. The FREE Baby Tracker Newborn Log helps you keep it all straight!
I used the Boppy nursing pillow with both of my little ones. It was great for nursing in those early days and was also great for tummy time and as a support pillow when they finally started sitting up. The My Breast Friend is another nursing pillow that is raved about!
Newborns want to be held – a lot! I loved my Ergo baby carrier. It made it a lot easier to get things done around my house and a much more convenient grocery shopping experience! It’s hard to fit a lot of groceries in the cart with the infant car seat in there taking up all the space!
Remember: the days may be long but the years are short! Hang in there! Things get easier!
I hope these essentials help you through your postpartum days! Click on any of the links or photos in this post to purchase yours today!
What helped you after pregnancy? Leave a comment below!