Sunday, August 12, 2012

postpartum survival kit

I figured the most practical way to help other new (expectant) mamas deal with the awfulness that is recovery from childbirth would be to recommend some products that made my life easier:

[1] Belly Bandit - I've been wearing one since a few days after giving birth. I was skeptical of its worth at first but after reading a few blogs that recommended it I decided to give it a shot. I'm so glad I did. This band helps me feel like I can breathe easier--keeps everything in place where it should be. I normally wouldn't shell out that kind of money for something like this, but I think it was worth the splurge.

[2] Earth Mama Angel Baby New Mama Bottom Spray - While I didn't have the opportunity to give this a shot, one of my trusted mama friends highly recommended it to me and I wish I would have gotten it before I had Elden. The Dermoplast stuff just doesn't provide much relief.

[3] Motrin - This hasn't helped tons with the pain, but at the very least it has a placebo effect.

[4] Nursing sports bras - These make nighttime feedings infinitely better. I recommend you buy at LEAST 2... but more like 4-5.

[5] Earth Mama Angel Baby Booby Tubes - These can be heated or frozen to provide relief after a nursing session or helping with milk letdown in preparation for one. I love mine. I'd recommend getting 2 sets so you can always have a set for freezing and one for microwaving.

Those are the 5 things that come to mind fastest. You should also have a stock of pads, underwear you don't care about, etc. for the post-delivery bleeding. Hospitals usually provide instant ice packs but it's worthwhile buying some to have ready for you when you get home when you run out of the instant packs. Even with these products, be prepared for at least a week of discomfort and pain following your vaginal delivery.

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