I mean does this post need to say more? Mama DOES know best!! When it comes to preparing for baby and until baby comes, there’s something about a mother’s intuition. Whether you’re planning to be a mom, you are a mom, you’re a friend to mom or just know a mom y’all need to know that the mom to the baby is ALWAYS right! Don’t try to tell her otherwise, it’s just rude and she will think you need to buzz off! Don’t get me wrong there’s a time and place for advice- from the right people! Okay, that’s my rant about mama knows best, you get the point!
I’m so type A and the biggest planner ever. Sometimes it stresses me out a little! Oh well, that’s just how I’m wired. I’ve read and listened to how to prepare for postpartum. Everyone’s experience is different because every birthing experience is different. I want to mentally be prepared for all the emotions, hormones and body changes that could happen. Of course there’s no exact way to prevent or prepare for a postpartum experience, but I can do what I can…
I’m not going to purchase any vaginal postpartum essentials until I’m in the hospital because who knows if I actually have a vaginal birth. There’s no need to buy that stuff until you get to that point. The hospital provides what you need and you can take what you need to cover you until you get home.
I’m not going to purchase any of the vaginal postpartum essentials until I’m in the hospital because who knows
- Perineum healing- Ice your perineum every couple of hours for the first 24 hours post-birth. (google what perineum is if you don’t know) Spray warm water over the area before and after peeing to keep urine from irritating torn skin. Try warm sitz baths for 20 minutes a few times a day to ease pain. Aim to avoid long periods of standing or sitting, and sleep on your side.
- C- section scar– if you have a c-section I read that you need to keep your incision clean with soap and water once a day, then apply ointment. Your doctor should tell you to keep the wound covered or open to air it. Don’t carry or lift anything heavier than your baby.
- Ease aches and pain- take this time to take care of yourself too. Take hot showers or use a heating pad. You’re body is trying to get back to it’s “normal,” aches and pains are normal. Do not get a massage until you’re approved by your doctor.
- Stay regular– you know what I mean. Take walks, eat a healthy diet and if needed take a stool softener.
- Be kind to your breasts– I’ve heard that your boobs WILL hurt and be painful. I’ve learned from reading to use warm or cold presses and be comfy! Don’t forget that nipple cream… it will most likely be your best friend.
- Keep your doctor appointments– Check in with your doctor. If anything give them a call and have them support you. When you have stitches you’ll probably see them sooner. The stitches are HUGE, don’t be scared of those.
- Eat well to ease fatigue and fight constipation– It’s important to eat healthy postpartum. Small meals throughout the day with eating plenty of protein, fruits, veggies, fats, and whole grains. You know the drill, eat healthy! Drink a TON of water will help shed off the extra pregnancy weight and help with nursing too.
- Keep moving– there’s a time period where exercise is a no-no! You’ll be pushing that stroller around the block several times. Take it slow, but mosing will help speed up the recovery process and give you those happy endorphins.
Postpartum To – Get…
- Tylenol will help with the aches and pains.
- Keep taking your prenatal vitamins, it will help with hair loss
- Maxi pads or disposable undies
- Ice packs
- Witch hazel pads– Tucks!
- Sitz bath
- Peri bottle– this brand is really nice I’ve heard because of the way it’s shaped. The hospital one is fine, but this one is easy.
- Cotton panties– I love these and have been wearing them during pregnancy.
- Nipple cream
- Peri spray aka magic spray
- Belly band
I don’t know everything, but what I can do is my best to be aware of postpartum recovery. Above all else, loving your baby and spending all the couch time with baby is number one! I hope this helps someone who is new to all this, just like me!
I’d love to know any advice for postpartum.
Love from Texas,