After labor and delivery, you may find yourself facing postpartum changes that you didn’t expect.
Pain. Bleeding due to vaginal tear. Constipation. Headaches. Hemorrhoids. Hair loss. And other physical changes that may occur.
To better combat these changes, you can be prepared by creating your own postpartum recovery kit. The recovery kit will include a number of items that can accompany you during this time period and can act as your “mini assistant”.
I will be sharing with you 11 of my top postpartum care essentials that I believe will help you during your recovery.
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1. Maxi Pads
Grab a pack (or two) of those maxi pads and place it in your recovery kit. You may also receive maxi pads from your delivering hospital but it is recommended that you prepare more in case you run out.
2. 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 you can order it online here.
3. Pain Relieving Spray
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 unsure where to start, I recommend the Dermoplast Pain Relieving Spray.
4. 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 similar to when you were pregnant but with the waist trimmer belt, it can help ease the uterus and increase abdominal support.
5. 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.
6. 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!
7. Nursing Apparel
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.
8. A Water Bottle
Remember to stay hydrated in your postpartum period.
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 now.
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.
9. Stool Softener
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 can help relieve constipation after birth.
You can find any stool softener medications over the counter at your local pharmacy.
10. Pain Medication
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.
11. 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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