After having a baby you don’t realize what you actually need until you are done having the baby. Every pregnancy is different and you may need different things for each pregnancy but here is a general list of must haves that I truly think are lifesavers for every new mom, postpartum.
As I prepare my birth bag and get ready for my third baby, I am here to give you my favorite things to have for my postpartum care. So here is my postpartum checklist for after pregnancy must haves:
The Best Postpartum Checklist For After Delivery
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Pads, pads and more pads. Well, like I said it can definitely vary from each pregnancy. This could depend on if you had a c-section, vaginal birth, tearing, no tearing, or stitches.
My first baby I needed quite a bit more larger pads and bled for a longer amount of time. My second baby I didn’t need very many pads at all and only needed one pack of large pads. I would probably recommend to have at least two large packs of pads for preparing.
Wiping after delivery can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. Peri bottles help with that by letting you rinse with water instead of using toilet paper. It also gives you the option of using warm or cool water. I found that warm water was the most soothing and helped with any pain. Some hospitals provide a peri bottle so you may not need to buy one.
Tucks are medicated cooling pads that give you some relief for pain down there. They are great for using after you have used the peri bottle to help soothe and lessen any pain you may have.
Dermoplast is a hospital strength pain relieving spray. I have never personally used this spray but I have heard a lot of moms that have had stitches, love using this spray.
These make it nicer when you aren’t completely ready for toilet paper yet but it doesn’t hurt enough to continue using the peribottle.
I love having a breast pump. Whether I am trying to pump a little extra just in case I need someone else to watch my baby or wanting to encourage my milk supply to come in, this has become a must for me. However, a breast pump is not what every mom really needs. I would say that if you are a mom wanting to pump extra for when you are not able to be with your baby, to encourage your milk supply when it is getting low, or needing to let your skin heal a little if you are experiencing cracking and bleeding while breastfeeding.
Acetaminophen is one of the things you can take for after pains. Usually after pains are worse following your first birth. Remember, they are just a way for you to know that your body is getting back to normal.
Magnesium or Stool Softeners
After birth, it may be a little difficult for you to go to the restroom. Hospitals normally will give you a stool softener. You can either use that or if you are wanting something a little more natural you can use Magnesium which is a natural laxative.
Whether you use reusable or disposable pads, these are a must for a new mommy. Once your milk has come in, it takes a while for your body to get adjusted to how much milk your body needs to produce. So, you may have times that you leak a lot and these are so necessary.
If you are new to breastfeeding, you will find that your skin is not used to your new little one nursing. Nipple cream really helps any cracking or drying of your skin.
I wish I would have known the pros of using a belly binder after delivery with my first baby. I noticed that it helped my tummy go in faster, helped Diastasis-Recti, give my back more support, and I had less after pains. Belly binding, postpartum has been used for centuries and is still used in other countries to help mothers. You can hear it called by different names like postpartum girdle, tummy compression, waist trainer and corset. There are quite a bit of options out there and it is hard to pick and find the right style, size, and fit. Below are a couple of ones that I would recommend. Reading the reviews of others that have tried any particular one, is always helpful for picking the right size. A belly binder will always be in my postpartum must haves.
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**I am not a medical professional and do not claim to be one. I am just a mommy that has found what works for her and wants to share her experiences to help other mothers. Please consult a medical professional before using this advice**
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