After giving birth to my first, I remember being totally unprepared and feeling so defeated. I had NO idea what I actually needed for myself those first couple weeks after delivery. Three kids later, I’ve got this thing down pat. Below is a list of the postpartum items that seriously helped me out in those first few weeks after delivery! Check it out and subscribe for more articles and helpful tips.
1. Always Maxi Overnight Pads with Wings
After having a baby, you’re going to bleed. A lot. I bled for about 3-4 weeks after. These bad boys kept me dry and comfortable and didn’t make me feel like I was wearing a diaper, like the hospital pads did. These are definitely a must have!
2. Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads
Here’s the thing, if you plan on breastfeeding, you can count on having outrageously sore nipples. These soothing nipple pads are the bomb and a total game changer. They give a cooling sensation to relieve pain almost instantly. Get these, mama! Trust me!
3. Stool Softener
Most moms will experience some degree of constipation after delivery. Whether you have a vaginal delivery or cesarean section, you will want to take a stool softener, if recommended by your doctor.
4. Lansinoh Absorbent Nursing Pads
These nursing pads keep you nice and dry when you leak throughout the night. Trust me when I tell you that waking up with a cold, milk-soaked shirt is awful. Not to mention wet sheets that need to be changed. It’s also a good idea to wear these when you’re out in public. You don’t want to be like me a few years ago, walking around the grocery store wondering why everyone is staring at you. I have tried several different brands of nursing pads and none of them are quite as durable as Lansinoh, in my opinion.
5. Insulated Water Bottle/Cup
Okay, trust me…I know this sounds silly. But my insulated cup on my nightstand during those late night feedings, was seriously the best. I don’t know why, but breastfeeding makes me stupid thirsty. So, having ice water right next to me was super convenient.
6. Soothing Nipple Cream
Remember me talking about sore nipples? This cream is magic. If you plan on breastfeeding, I suggest you stock up on some! Breastfeeding in itself is quite an adjustment. Might as well make it as pain free as possible, right?
7. Heating Pad
I remember my back feeling so sore for quite a few weeks after delivery. Having a heating pad made a world of difference for me! My husband also bought me a Microwaveable Neck Heating Wrap by Sunny Bay. It drastically improved muscle soreness in my neck and shoulders caused by breastfeeding!
That’s a wrap! What are some of your postpartum must-haves?