A Complete List of Your Postpartum Needs//That everyone is too embarrassed to talk about


Before I had Simon I had gotten all the emails and read all the lists on what you needed to pack in your hospital bag and what things you needed at home. I thought I was set, and I figured if there was anything I was missing once he arrived, I'd just pop out of the house and pick it up from the store. Well none of those lists prepared me for the excruciating healing process my body was going to be experiencing the months after delivery. Granted, I had a pretty traumatic situation, and I know some women who are just bouncing around a few days after delivery, like nothing happened, but my advice would be to assume you may not be those women and you may be like me. Unable to get out of bed without your husband hoisting you out. Taking 5 minutes to carefully and gently maneuver your way down the stairs. Carrying your donut pillow/seat with you in the car, to restaurants, to you in-laws and everywhere in between. It was not pretty and it was a very humbling/humiliating time and I feel like a lot of that was because I just had NO IDEA it could be like that--and for so long.

No matter how wonderfully you recover, your body just went through a hell of a lot. And you'll probably never feel cooler in your life, than when you go through all that and they hand you that amazing and perfect baby at the end. But gosh darn it, your body still has a hell of a lot to do after and so here's an extensive list to make it a little less hard, a little more comfortable, and maybe make you feel a little less awkward talking about those rips and tears and dreaded hemorrhoids that are a lot more common than people are comfortable mentioning.

I put out a mass question on my IG stories last week and I think I had over 100 answers from woman of things they needed or wish they would have had--here were the most common answers!

  • For Healing:
  • Witch Hazel Pads--Like Tucks
  • Peri-bottles in every bathroom (The hospital has them, beg to get sent home with an extra one)
  • Padcicles (Also from the hospital, these are frozen pads that sooth your poor, sore vagina--hoard these!)
  • Hemorrhoid Cream--yup, even if you avoided them through pregnancy, there's a very good chance you'll get the joy of experiencing them from all that hard pushing :/
  • Dermaplast--bluelid (Also from the hospital--ask for extra!)
  • Earth Angels Mama Spray (a natural option)
  • Capsulized Placenta (didn't try this, but I've heard amazing stories regarding milk supply and mental health)
  • Mesh Undies from hospital (just keep requesting more while you're there, so you don't ruin all your underwear when you get home!)
  • Adult Diapers--Depends fit/flex diapers or Depends silhouttes (The pads shift around, so once you're home, I highly suggest just suckin' it up and wearing adult diapers while the discharge is heavy)
  • Maternity undies (I really want to try Thinx brand for when the bleeding isn't so heavy)
  • Donut seat/pillow (the swelling, the stitches and the hemmorhoids do not make a comfortable seat, so these keep that area free of pressure, plus you'll look so fancy, requiring a personal pillow everywhere you go!)
  • Stool Softener/Digestive Support
  • Tushy Bidet (if you're really lucky, those hemorrhoids won't go away for a long time and this is a toilet attachment that keeps things hygienic and irritation free. Europeans have been using these for a looooong time, I'm not sure why we've been so slow to adapt, but I have one, and I attest that they are very cool.)

  • For Breast Feeding/Pumping:
  • Warming Pads and freezer packs for sore breasts
  • Nipple Cream
  • Hands-Free bra if pumping
  • Nursing Basket with Easy snacks and new toys for other siblings (I thought this was such a cool idea, you just pull it out when toddler needs a distraction while you nurse)
  • Nursing Pads--Lansinoh Brand is my favorite!
  • Snacks for mama (that can be opened one-handed and aren't loud to chew)
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Nursing Pillow (your back and neck will experience a whole new level of soreness from nursing, you need all the support you can get!)
  • Milk Catcher (while you nurse on one side, the other breast will just drip and drip and if you're like me, SPRAY!, so these will catch the extra milk so it doesn't go to waste)
  • Burp Clothes (both for spit up and for wiping up the milk that drips from your boobs)
  • Water Bottle that keeps water cold in every room (gotta stay hydrated to keep your milk supply up!)
  • Comfy nursing chair
  • For Changing:
  • Puppy Potty Pads (for boy moms especially--for the first month, S would pee EVERY SINGLE TIME we opened his diaper. We started keeping stacks of potty pads around where we'd change him, we'd throw one under him so when he started to wiz, we could throw a corner over him and avoid the major clean up. I always stick some of these in shower gifts if they're having a boy)
  • Night Lights
  • So many diapers
  • Extras:
  • Pre-Written Thank you notes
  • Frozen Breakfast Burritos/waffles/overnight oats (you get lots of dinners brought in, but not a lot of breakfast options, so something to think about!)
  • Fresh fruit and veggies (Most of the dinners that were brought to me were delicious, but rich and creamy with not a lot of fresh stuff, so I was majorly craving just a big bowl of cut of fruit or veggies and dip!)
Comment anything we missed! Happy healing!


Sarah Waggoner said...

Even though birth and everything is painful and hard, your post just made me want another baby. Nic is in trouble. ;)

Anonymous said...

Where is your shower curtain from?

Noni said...

Blackstrap molasses and chlorophyll will get your iron up in a hurry without constipation. (Sorry don't have instagram, but saw you were wondering if your iron was low.) Just had a friend use this for her daughter and Dr. was amazed that it came up in less than two weeks when he rechecked it.

Noni said...

Another well kept secret...raw onion slices heal hemorrhoids and other oweys down there faster than anything else I know of...just put a slice--cold from the fridge feels great--right on the sight (small enough you can flush it is best.) My Dr. couldn't believe how quickly I healed up and asked me what I had done. The sulphur works wonders!

Whit said...

I always keep those bed liners- similar to the potty pads but the ones they make for people who have bathroom problems- and put them under my bed, on my nice chair, anywhere I'm worried about leaking onto while the discharge is heavy.
Also, my second labor/recovery was SO MUCH EASIER than my first. Hope it goes the same for you. (Max's head is waaaaay smaller than Abe's. Lol.) I think my body was just more prepped and I was, too. Good luck! Excited for you! It's chaos of the best kind.

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