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As a first time mom, I had no idea what the postpartum recovery period entailed. In fact, I was so focused on making sure I had everything I needed for baby’s arrival and my hospital bag that I didn’t prepare at all for what happens to me AFTER I give birth. That’s not so good considering I vaginally delivered an almost 10 pound baby and ended up with a fourth degree tear and stitches… Thankfully, I’ve mostly recovered since then and I can now really enjoy spending time with my wonderful baby boy 🙂
Remember, that your recovery situation will be different from mine. I’m just sharing my thoughts about what my postpartum recovery essentials were. If you have any postpartum questions or concerns please consult your doctor.
Note: Some items are also on my Baby Registry Must Haves list
- PERI BOTTLE and/or FRIDABABY FRIDET- The hospital gave me a Peri Bottle, but in case you didn’t get one, this one looks pretty similar. If you received this Fridababy Gift Set, it should have come with this Fridet MomWasher. I have both the Peri Bottle and Fridet, and they were definitely crucial for my recovery! I used the Peri Bottle for pee diluting and the Fridet for rinsing and cleaning after. I cannot tell you how much I LOVE THE FRIDET. Whoever invented it is an absolute genius. Seriously. It’s the perfect design for getting a nice clean down there without bending over and having to stick your arm in the toilet to try and get the necessary angle for the water to squirt upwards with a regular Peri Bottle.
- ADULT DIAPERS or LARGE PADS – Because I wasn’t about to deal with any sort of leaks that snuck past my pad when I can barely move, I just used Depends so I didn’t have to worry about constantly changing and washing undies throughout the day.
- VARIOUS PAD SIZES – I stocked Overnights, Regular, and Liners; downgrading absorbency sizes as my blood flow slowed down. I also changed the pad every time I used the bathroom, in order to help prevent infections. Also, many new Mama’s pre-make “Padsicles,” which are basically frozen pads to help soothe down there. At the hospital they gave me the baby diaper version of the padsicle which felt really nice, especially because I was super swollen. However, I never actually made any padsicles myself since I didn’t have any time to do so once I got home 🙁
- DERMOPLAST NUMBING SPRAY (the BLUE one) – The hospital gave this to me, and taught me to spray this on after using the bathroom to give your lady parts some numbing and cooling relief 🙂
- NIPPLE CREAM or BUTTER – From baby’s first latch, or in my case “chomp,” my nips were so sensitive and tender that even just the touch of a cotton shirt was agonizing! Even the water spray from taking a shower was nerve-wracking! The hospital gave me Lansinoh Nipple Cream, but I’ve been using this Natural Nipple Butter.