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You have spent hours preparing things for the baby’s arrival. Doing things that will make caring for a newborn easier. But have you spent any time planning on how to care for yourself post delivery? Having a baby is hard work! There will be things that you want to have on hand to care for yourself as well. Taking care of yourself will be vital to your recovery along with supporting you to transition into your new role of Mommy.
Before we had our first daughter I did a lot of research on things that I might need after a vaginal delivery. I was so glad I did! After a 19 hour labor and complications during the delivery self care was a must. The items I had gathered and used after my first delivery helped my recovery process so much that I made sure to have the same things for my second delivery (which was still a 17 hour labor). I often make up a care package for my pregnant friends with these items as well.
Post Delivery Care Items For Mom
1. Earth Mama Angel Baby Postpartum Bath Herbs: Doing sitz baths are recommended to help heal and relieve pain and/or itching. These herbs are prepared much like tea. Boil water and let the herbs seep. You can prepare enough for a few days and it will stay good. I made sure to do this the first three days once getting home. It was helpful for me physically, but it also gave me a few minutes to get away from all the visitors and supporters who were at our house.
2. Tucks Hemorrhoid Pads: If you didn’t get hemorrhoids during pregnancy there is a chance you can still get them from the strain of delivery. I did not end up with hemorrhoids, but I still used them a lot after my first delivery. Maybe it was the witch hazel or maybe the cooling, but it felt great. Use them to pat yourself after going to the restroom.
3. Depend® Silhouette® Active Fit® Briefs: After my first deliver I was using some large pads that were bulky with some “granny panties”. I felt like I was wearing a diaper and it made me uncomfortable when visitors were over. My mom brought me some Depend® briefs when she came to spend time with us. They were a much better option to have. I could tell they were made with females in mind and the smoothness under my clothes made me much more confident. Now through the end of the year or until supplies last, you can get $2 off at http://bit.ly/2wPAMNA.
(To be completely honest, my incontinence lasted much longer than just my recovery time. This is stuff some ladies don’t want to talk about, but it’s real life. So I’ll just share honestly about it for a minute. After my first delivery I had incontinence issues for about seven or eight months! I started back running and would urinate on myself, but even smaller things like jumping or sneezing. I used the Silhouette® Active Fit® briefs when I knew a pantie liner would not cut it.
When prepping my supplies for post delivery care after my second delivery I made sure to have more of them. I figured not only would I be trying not to pee on myself, but I would be chasing a toddler around. After having my second baby who weighed 9lbs 9oz I had even worse incontinence problems. I was convinced the complications in my deliver causes issues to my bladder. I called my doctor in a panic. They assured me it was normal after having big babies. Thankfully, although the incontinence was worse in the beginning I experienced it for a shorter duration of time. Incontinence is a real thing. Over 65 million people experience bladder leakage. I’d guess a large percent is due to child birthing 😉 )
4. Dermoplast Pain Relieving Spray: This is a spray that makes it easy to get to the spots that may need some pain relief. With my first delivery I had a tear so the hospital gave me some that I brought home. With my second delivery I did not tear and was not given any. I have heard some mom’s talk about this being their life saver when having bad tears. Opt to get your own in case the hospital doesn’t supply you with any.
5. The Momwasher: Basically this is an uniquely marketed perineum irrigation bottle. A regular perineum irrigation bottle will work. The Momwasher provides the added length and angle that a regular one does not have. Either way you want to have one, because wiping toilet paper across your sensitive parts is going to be the last thing you want to do for awhile.
6. Colace Stool Softener: When giving birth it can effect your bowels. It is recommended that you take stool softener for a few days to ensure everything is functioning properly. The hospital will likely give it to you while you are there, but it is another one of those things that you will want to have on hand at home. It just saves you or someone else from a random Walmart run if you end up needing it.
7. Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter: If you choose to nurse or pump it can be hard on your nipples. Personally, I have never needed any nipple creams. I am so thankful! I have heard often times putting your own milk on them is just as effective (maybe even more) than creams. But if you do need a cream or want to be prepared in case you need one this brand is a great option.
8. Medela Nipple Shield: Sometimes nursing comes easily. Sometimes it’s not as easy. When you are a sleep deprived emotional mess trying to feed a baby you will try just about anything. Nipple shields are one thing you can try if you and your baby are struggling. Again, it’s one of those things I think it is worth having on hand in case you decide you want to give it a try at 2am. It’s worth the few bucks.
9. Nursing Tank Tops (that don’t unlatch): Most nursing tops have the little clip where the front of the shirt clips up to the strap. For me these did not work. The strap that goes down against the breast to the inseam actually caused me clogged milk ducts. You definitely do not want clogged milk ducts! For me it was better to get some kind of tank top like this that I could just move the fabric over to nurse.
10. Young Living Citrus Fresh: When I did get clogged milk ducts I tried everything. An “oily” friend told me about this oil. I was amazed at how it worked when other things didn’t. After that I always keep it on hand. If anything feels remotely close to being clogged I use it. Just add a few drops to coconut oil and rub on effected area of breast.
Now that you know the top ten post delivery care items for mom that I recommend make sure to get these things for yourself. Put it on the to do list. Take time to prep some things for yourself. Taking care of yourself post delivery will be one of the most important tasks you do. You must take care of yourself so you can care for your new addition!
Congratulations soon to be momma! There are a lot of things to learn about as a new mom, but thankfully we live in an age where we can find resources for it all. For more information about incontinence, Depend® products and for product coupons, please visit: http://bit.ly/2wPAMNA and follow Depend® on: Depend.com, Facebook.com/Depend, Youtube.com/ kc10dependchannel and Pinterest.com/dependbrand.
What is another must have post delivery care item you have heard about that you plan on getting?
Until Next Time- Truly Love,
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