8 Postpartum Items I Guarantee You’ll Need
As distant as it may seem, someday you are going to have this baby! I know, pregnancy lasts approximately 3847829348 days, but it will happen, I promise. When it does, you are going to be overcome with love and affection – but you are also going to feel like you have been hit by a truck. Not to worry! I have put together a list of eight postpartum items I can guarantee you’ll need so that you can focus on what’s important – your new baby!
This may seem like common sense, but make sure you have plenty of pads! (You will not be able to use tampons or insert anything into the vagina until you are six weeks postpartum.) Your postpartum bleeding will be very heavy in the beginning, heavier than any bleeding you may have ever experienced. By the time you go home from the hospital, your bleeding should slow significantly, but you are still going to have a heavy flow. I would say to have at least three weeks worth of pads handy, just to be on the safe side.
Lots of people told me about how awesome mesh undies were before I had Chunker, but I just didn’t understand. I am happy to report that they are pretty fantastic and you need to make sure you have several pair. After birth, you are going to swell even more than you did at the end of your pregnancy. I was so swollen that my own underwear wouldn’t fit! These mesh undies fit nicely, were super comfy, and saved me from worrying about ruining any of my own underwear (if they had actually fit!) Plus, they accommodate those jumbo pads you are going to be wearing quite nicely!
This stuff was my absolute #1 best friend and lifesaver after having Chunker. This is a magical pain relief spray that works instantly to soothe your perineum (that spot between your butthole and ladyhole that is going to be pretty dang sore) after an episiotomy. For me, recovering from that cut was the most painful part of postpartum recovery. I kept a bottle of this next to the toilet both while I was in the hospital and at home and made sure to use it every single time I went to the restroom. I really think this stuff saved me from taking a butt ton of pain medicine.
Until you have had your little angel, you cannot begin to understand the majestic magnitude of the peri bottle. If you have an episiotomy or tear during delivery, it is an absolute must. This perfect little bottle allows you to squirt water in all the right places to clean yourself, scratch your healing stitches, soothe your swollen lady parts, etc. You can use with warm or cool water, whatever feels best to you!
As you may already know, hemorrhoids happen. If you didn’t get them throughout pregnancy, you are likely to develop one while giving birth due to all the straining. If so, these lovely wipes will help soothe that area for you. Even if you don’t have any hemorrhoids, still get the wipes! They are coated in witch hazel which will help soothe all your very sensitive bits once you can actually start touching them again!
While you are pregnant you can only have Tylenol, so I was so glad to have ibuprofen back in my life! My doctor prescribed me some pain medicine and I did take it in the hospital, but once I got home ibuprofen did more than enough for me to dull the pain and to take care of swelling. Just make sure to have whatever pain reliever you prefer on hand – you’re going to be needing it for a little while.
Whether you are planning to breastfeed or not, make sure you have a tube of this! I breastfed and pumped in the beginning, so this cream was an absolute lifesaver. Even if you don’t breastfeed, your nipples are going to be sore and they are going to be rubbing against your clothes and everything else! I don’t know what kind of voodoo is in this little tube, but it was like instant pain be gone. A little goes a long way with this stuff, but it will absolutely help your tender nipples!
Again, whether you are breastfeeding or not, get you some of these! I bought these bad boys and they are absolutely awesome. They can be used hot or cold and either directly on the breast or around the flange of a pump. I originally bought them to use warm in the hopes that it would help me express more milk, but I found a ton of other uses for them, as well! When I quit breastfeeding, I used them cold to soothe my aching, engorged breasts. These squishy little things also make awesome warm packs to soothe an aching baby tummy and most recently I warmed it up to put on my face after I had my wisdom teeth removed. They are the perfect size for all kinds of things, so they are definitely worth buying. I promise, you will find a use for them.
The awesome thing about so many of these items listed is that you can get most of them straight from the hospital you deliver at! That’s right, you don’t have to spend extra money on most of these things, you just have to remember to ask for them! Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Sign up below for a FREE printable checklist of all the items listed above! I’ve even broken the list down into items you can get from the hospital and those you need to purchase, as well as added blanks for you to add to the list and a spot for reminders so that you have one convenient list to take with you to the hospital!