Postpartum what?! Embarrassing stuff you need to know.
“At least if you have a C-section, you don’t bleed for six weeks.”
“No. You still bleed.”
Birth is a subject that is widely covered. But what about the ‘scary stuff’ that happens afterwards? Here’s a list of things you might need (or might not) with a quick reason for why you might need it. Some are obvious and some are lesser so. If you have any questions, please ask – but don’t be scared.**
Knowledge is power as they say.
Maxi pads or incontinence pads
Whether you have a natural birth or a C-section, your uterine wall will take a while to heal where the placenta was attached. This takes around six weeks and in that time you will bleed while it heals over. Incontinence pads are also useful as they have a higher level of absorption – and you may even need them for what they are designed for until you can strengthen up your pelvic floor again.
Ah bras/Crop Bras
A crop top bra or ‘sleep bra’ will be a comfortable option day or night as they are easy to feed in and are stretchy to accommodate fluctuations in breast size.
Granny knickers and/or disposable knickers in dark colours
Things get messy, so you may as well be prepared.
Disposable ice packs or home-made ice packs (or frozen pads with witch hazel)
Post birth you may be sore and ice can be a great way to reduce swelling and reduce inflammation around any tears.
Some liken the first ‘movement’ to having another baby. Things are pretty tender so why not make it easier on yourself.
As above, even releasing gas can be difficult. Mag phos helps.
As above. Can we move on now?
You will be spending a lot of time nursing, resting and healing. Comfort is key.
Soft toilet paper
Life’s little luxuries are important.
Prune juice and fibre rich treats
See previous points about the importance of stool softeners.
Comfy robe (We recommend Outie silk kimono top (of course))
For nursing or for privacy when receiving visitors, a comfortable robe is gold.
Spare changes of sheets
You will be leaking milk and your baby will spill and you will probably also have night sweats. All of this might happen without you having time to do any washing. Having a spare full set of sheets (or three) on hand is worthwhile.
Post birth you will want to flush any drugs out of your system quickly and drinking lots of water will also help reduce water retention. If you are breastfeeding it is also important to keep your fluids up.
Yoga pants can offer a little more support around your tender tummy and they are comfortable too.
You might have a spill or you might have leakage from your maxi pads or you might get blood on your towels after showering. Having old towels on hand is pretty useful.
Foot stool for the bathroom
Some women say that this really helps pass the first motion post birth.
A waterproof sheet or mattress protector
See the previous note about spare sheets. A waterproof sheet will help keep your mattress protected too. Much cheaper than a new mattress.
Long tank tops or shelf tanks
Wearing tank tops or singlets are easy for nursing and if they have a built in bra then they also reduce your need to buy a nursing bra. Wearing them in a longer length means that you can cover your tummy while you heal up nicely too.
Batwing Nursing Dress (of course!)
You can wear these as a top or as a dress over a shelf tank or long tank top and they can be easily ‘dressed up’ while breastfeeding on demand.
You can wear these around your tummy to help support your abdomen while you heal. Some women find that these help to shrink your tummy faster too.
See the previous note on ‘Ah bra’ or crop top bra. A shelf tank top will also work but you will need some support when sleeping with your larger than normal milk-filled boobs.
You might be given these post birth to help reduce swelling in your legs.
Some women swear by these to relieve the pain of sitting with haemorrhoids caused by pregnancy and/or child birth.
Anything with oats can increase your milk supply. Porridge is a nice comfort food to have on hand.
Kids have them, old people have them and you can have one too. It can be really sore bending down post-birth (especially after a C-section or tear) and a grabber might just help you put your own knickers on.
A peri bottle or tea tree oil spritz
You may have ‘raw’ areas that will benefit from ice packs but you might also want to bathe these areas in an antiseptic spray. A peri bottle takes the hassle out of that particular job.
Cloth breast pads (we recommend hemp ones from Laulipop’s Shop)
Waterproof on one side and absorbent on the other, you will need these if you are breastfeeding and you want to avoid spending unnecessary money on disposable breast pads. Buy as many as you can to ensure good hygiene as frequent changing is required (plus your washing machine gnomes might steal a few).
This is a fatty cream that can help with cracked nipples which is a common complaint of women when breastfeeding.
Any front-opening warm top will do but you will want something to wear that is easy to breastfeed in and still cosy.
Trinity Nursing Wrap (of course!)
If you have guests and want some discretion, these are perfect for this purpose. They can be worn three ways – as a loop scarf, as a neck warmer and as a nursing cover. They can also keep you warm for those chilly night feeds.
Blue incontinence sheets
If you don’t have a mattress protector but you still want to be protected in bed, these sheets can be a disposable replacement or in conjunction with a mattress protector for ueber protection.
Prop pillow or Tri pillow
Anything to stop you falling over at night when you are breastfeeding for the fifth time and struggling to stay awake – these are also good for general back support and breakfast in bed. If feeding on the couch, these can also be used across the tummy as a replacement for a breastfeeding pillow.
** Some of these are Outie products but we wouldn’t have made them if we didn’t need them! X
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