Planning your baby registry? Make sure you add these postpartum essentials to your list! Whether you’re a first-time mom or a fourth-time mom, you’re guilty of the same thing: forgetting that you have essential items that you’ll need during the postpartum phase. Most moms will put their needs on the back burner because of the concern they have in making sure that their new baby has all the things he or she needs, this is not unusual. We’re here to help you remember that you need aftercare as well. We’ve compiled a list of nine postpartum essentials that every momma needs. These items are designed to help you with your transition from pregnancy to being a new mom.
Postpartum Essentials Every Mom Needs
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It’s inevitable, you will have your monthly cycle in a big way after birth. Since you’ll be unable to use tampons, you’ll need Maxi Pads because most women do bleed heavily after birth, and for a longer period of time. Be sure to get at least a couple of packages, just in case.
Tucks/Witch Hazel Pads
Most mommas will have hemorrhoids during and after birth if you’re one of the lucky ones that didn’t, Kudos! Even if you don’t have hemorrhoids, Witch Hazel Pads also great for soothing any itching or burning you may have. Witch hazel has many other uses as well, so it’s great to keep around.
Sitz or Herbal Bath
Whether or not you had a natural birth or a C-section, you should definitely go out and purchase one of these. Sitz Baths are great for soothing wounds, aches & pains, healing tears, and even perineal bruising. Pair it with some bath herbs, and we promise you’ll feel better.
It goes without saying that all moms will be a little sore down there after giving birth, so the numbing spray can turn out to be one of your best friends. It’s easy to use and there are many brands to choose from for consumers.
Chapped and cracked nipples are a part of breastfeeding, but with nipple cream, this can be lessened quite a bit. It’s good to use a dab or so between feedings to help lessen the sting and pain.
After having a child, many times it will sting when you try to urinate for a few days. A peri bottle can help lessen the burning you’ll feel. You’ll usually get one from the hospital to go home with, but having an extra doesn’t hurt.
It would be best to stock up on nursing bras, 5-7 of them should do the trick. If you’re breastfeeding, leaking throughout your day is not unusual, that’s why it’s best to have a few extra at your disposal.
Along with any soreness, you’ll be feeling down there, using the bathroom after birth will probably be as painful as giving birth. The best thing to do after your little one has arrived is to start taking stool softeners to lessen the blow, so to speak. You’ll most likely only need them for about a week, but they are great to have for those painful bathroom trips.
Nursing pillows are one thing that should be on every new momma list for both you and your tiny tot. They not only help take some of the strain off of positioning your baby during feeding time (for both bottle and breastfeeding, by the way), they take some of the load off your back. If you’re recovering from a c-section, they also help take some of the pressure off your incision.
The best time to stock up on postpartum essentials is, of course, BEFORE your baby arrives! That way, you’re prepared for anything!