When I was getting ready to have baby Z, I spent so much time figuring out what all the best baby products Zayd would need were and where I was going to get them all from. This took up so much of my time that I didn’t once think about myself and what I could possibly need after my birth. Luckily, a very close friend of mine who had just had a baby, came over and gave me an entire box full of things I would need for my recovery. If it weren’t for her, I would have forgot about my needs entirely. For that I will be eternally grateful. Here is a list of the things she gave me and a few more that I think are a must have when you’re freshly postpartum.
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Behold one of the best things invented for postpartum pain relief! I didn’t actually use these exact ones (I used disposable cooling icy pads) but whenever I can advocate for reusable products I do. I was one of those people who barely thought of what I would need after birth and just focused on all the different things my new little addition would need. Luckily, I a very dear friend of mine gave me a whole bunch of products just for Mommy! Icy pads were one of them and let me tell you, they are a lifesaver! Anyone who is pregnant should definitely stock up on some of these before the big day. They make recovery a lot more bearable.
This product is a must have for every new Mommy. It soothes the hurt and cools the sting when you pee. It provides effective, continuous, gentle water pressure right where you need it. When leaving the hospital new Moms are usually given a peri bottle which technically has the same function. This bottle however is considered an upgrade. It’s got a more gentle spray that’s also angled, and the top comes off and can be stored inside the bottle and in a travel bag for when you’re not at home. This bottle will put you on the road to a speedy, relatively less painful recovery!
These are the softest most absorbent nursing pads out there! Oh, and they’re washable and reusable which is a huge plus in my book. Safe the planet, save your wallet as well! If you’re the Mommy who leaks a lot while nursing these are a life saver, and if you’re a Mommy who doesn’t leak at all, these are also a life saver. They’re made of bamboo velour, cotton and hemp fabrics so they can absorb quite a bit. They are so soft that they soothe any sore or cracked nipples as well. You can easily wash them in the washing machine. The pack comes with 3 sets of regular pads (heart shaped) and 1 set of heavier overnight pads (round shaped).
Tucks cooling pads are specifically made for hemorrhoids and they work great for that. They also work great for new Mommies who are healing from the pain of childbirth. Whether you need them for the former, the latter or both, these things are magic. The pads are very thin and round. They really are cooling and help a lot with any burning or itching you may have. I also like the idea of just laying a pad down in your underwear as you go about your day. They really do feel so nice and cool and they definitely take the edge off.
Any new Mommy knows the pain of breastfeeding for the first time. It feels like your nipple are just always going to be sore and you’re just going to have to live with it and bite your tongue every time your baby goes in for the dreaded latch. Luckily Mom’s don’t have to suffer anymore. This 100% lanolin cream is the best way to soothe those sore, chapped nipples! It’s as thick as Vaseline so it creates a barrier between your nipple and your nursing pad stopping the friction. It’s also pretty amazing how quickly this stuff heals, it almost feels instantaneous! The best part is that it’s 100% safe for baby so there’s no need to wash it off before your next feed. I’d have a couple of these, one next to my bed and one in my diaper bag. You really can’t have enough. (I hear some people even use this stuff as a lip balm it’s so good!)
Sitz baths are great for postpartum Moms who have had episiotomies, tears or hemorrhoids. Hospitals usually give them to their patients to take home with them (if you have a hospital delivery). It’s basically a bowl you sit in that sits over your toilet and is filled with a mixture of warm water and Epsom salts. Epsom salt is great at healing cuts, reducing inflammation and even reducing pain. This specific Sitz Bath is better than your typical one because it comes with a manual pump to help gently flush and clean the area. There’s also the option of having the water come out from the front or the back of the tub. For added soothing, add a few drops of lavender or tea tree oil to the bath and enjoy how nice and tingly your bottom feels afterward!
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