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Preparing for Your Postpartum Care

Chelsea Gonzales

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Gathering baby stuff before your little one arrives is tons of fun. For this reason, most new mamas get everything set up for baby with time to spare. Unfortunately, not many new mothers think much about themselves during their preparations, and this can leave them without the tools they need to ensure a pleasant healing process after baby arrives.

If you are currently expecting, trust me when I say you don’t want this to happen to you. Lucky for you, I’ve compiled a complete list of items you’ll want to gather in order to ensure a healthy postpartum healing process and a smooth transition into your role of new mother.

 Padsicles — Giving birth is magical. However, it is also physically taxing and can leave a woman feeling quite sore down there. Padsicles are one of the most effective remedies for sore lady parts. To make your own, simply follow these instructions.

 Herbal Sitz Bath — Another great option that is both soothing and healing is an herbal sitz bath. A DIY sitz bath recipe can be found here, and the relaxing bath experience can be shared between mom and baby to promote healing and bonding.

 Motherlove Nipple Cream — A good nipple cream is a must for anyone who plans on breastfeeding. One of my personal favorite products is the Motherlove brand nipple cream. It is organic and 100% safe for baby, meaning you can rest easy when using it.

 AfterEase Tincture by WishGarden — The perfect solution to after-birth pains, this tincture is easy to use and completely natural. It is definitely something you’re going to want to have on hand during the first few weeks postpartum.

 Peri Bottle — After giving birth, toilet paper is less than pleasant. Save yourself some pain by keeping a peri bottle on hand. It’s much nicer to use when you’re sore down there, and you’ll be sure to get everything nice and clean.

 Witch Hazel Wipes — Another great option for getting clean and soothing sore spots are witch hazel wipes. These wipes are moistened with a lovely blend of witch hazel and aloe extracts for a soothing cleansing experience.

 Extra-Large Pads — In the first few days after giving birth, extra-large pads are a must. In fact, many women prefer to invest in Depends or mesh underwear to use during this time in order to preserve their panties. Whatever you choose, make sure the product is very absorbent, and be prepared to use them for 2–4 days.

 Organic Pads — Even after the first few days of incredibly heavy bleeding, you can expect to continue bleeding for quite some time. During this time, tampons will be off limits due to risk of infection. Therefore, a good stash of pads will be necessary. I personally prefer organic pads for this, as they tend to be gentler on sensitive areas.

 Mother’s Milk Tea — Establishing a good milk supply is key in a budding breastfeeding relationship. For this reason, you might want to keep a box of Mother’s Milk Tea on hand. This amazing product will help bring your supply levels up should you experience any issues.

There you have it, mamas! Once you have baby’s stuff all set up and ready to go, go ahead and check off these few things for yourself as well. You’ll be happy you did.

Want someone to help you during your first weeks with the new addition? I’d love to offer my assistance! Please contact me today for information on my postpartum doula services.