What’s a Mama Care Kit and what’s in it?
A Mama Care Kit is a kit full of postpartum essentials that will help you during your recovery after birth.
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After labor and delivery, you may find yourself facing postpartum complications that you didn’t expect.
- Bleeding due to vaginal tear
- Vaginal pain
- Swollen nipples (from breastfeeding)
- Back pain
- Hair loss
With a list of possible postpartum complications, you can prepare yourself for a better recovery by stocking these items before giving birth.
When Should I Prepare My Mama Care Kit?
You should prepare your Mama Care Kit during your third trimester of pregnancy. The earlier you prepare it, the less stress you will be when you need it.
What’s in it?
After having your little one, you might find yourself faced with vaginal bleeding. Grab a pack (or two!) of those maxi pads and place it in your Mama Care Kit. You may also receive maxi pads from your delivering hospital but it is recommended that you prepare more in case you run out.
Witch Hazel Pads
Place this on your Maxi pad after each change to help relieve pain (as stated above). You can purchase this at any pharmacy or order the awesome Birchwood AER Witch Hazel Pads.
Pain Relieving Spray
Vaginal tear is common during natural birth, which can lead to vaginal pain and a slight stinging sensation. For maximum benefits, use the pain relieving spray along with your maxi pads and the Witch Hazel Pads for a better recovery. If you’re not sure where to start, I recommend the Dermoplast Pain Relieving Spray.
Gold’s Gym Waist Trimmer Belt
Grab a waist trimmer belt to help you with your postpartum belly. After you give birth, you may notice that your belly looks the same – just like your baby bump! The waist trimmer belt can help ease the uterus and increase abdominal support.
A Warm Fluffy Beanie
Get a warm beanie to prevent wind exposure postpartum. Personally, I find that a warm beanie protects my head from cold winds and can decrease headaches.
Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream
If you plan to breastfeed, there’s a chance you will experience sore or swollen nipples. Use the Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream for pain relief!
Nursing apparel is essential for breastfeeding your baby. When you want to nurse your little one, easy access and comfort may be your priority. Prepare a nursing bra and nursing top to help you along the way.
A Water Bottle
Remember to stay hydrated postpartum. Your body has been nurturing your little one – and will continue to do so after birth – which is why you need more water in your system. Staying hydrated is good for your physical and mental health.
I find it helpful to have a clear and transparent water bottle that shows its water level. It can increase your awareness of your water intake and may encourage you to fill the bottle up each time the water level is low.
You might find yourself struggling to promote bowel movement and may feel a slight pain when you try to use the restroom. Having a stool softener in your Mama Care Kit can help relieve constipation after birth.
Pain medications (acetaminophen) can help relieve back pain, headaches, or other type of pain you encounter postpartum. Keep this in your kit for instant relief.
Vitamin E Supplements
Hair loss is a common health issue postpartum. If you find yourself with less hair in certain places, you may try taking Vitamin E to help promote hair growth. Vitamin E has antioxidant properties that may reduce oxidative stress – which contributes to hair loss.
There you have it – a list of postpartum essentials you need! Don’t see something on the list? Comment below and share with us!
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