I was absolutely not prepared for postpartum recovery.
Yes, it is worth it. I got a beautiful, healthy bundle of joy and the recovery is what comes with that blessing. Some people might not want to know what comes with recovery…you know, ignorance is bliss. But, I wish someone told me how truly hard recovery was going to be.
Hey, maybe I am sensitive (check) and have a very low pain tolerance (yep… check there, too). But, I don’t think I am alone in this.
For some reason, I didn’t think recovery from birth would be that difficult. Ok, maybe a few days of exhaustion and a few days for my lady part to recovery. Boy, was I WRONG! Recovery (the hardest part) lasted about 4 weeks for me.
I should also note that I had a healthy, normal vaginal birth with an episiotomy. A C-section has a very different recovery, being that it is surgery.
If you are a new mom, theses are some of the things you should be prepared for (you might experience some or all of these) during postpartum recovery:
- Lots of bleeding & some cramping
- Back pains (oh em geeeeee)
- Sitting is very uncomfortable
- The worst bowl movement(s) of your life
- Manly gas passing
- Stinging while you pee
Enduring some or all of these is 100 PERCENT worth it. Motherhood is an experience unlike any other and the pain/discomfort doesn’t last forever. But, that doesn’t mean you should suffer any more than you have to!
Today, I am sharing the items I used (and swear by!) when it comes to postpartum recovery.
My Must-Have Items for Postpartum Recovery
You kind of feel like you got hit by a truck after you give birth. Especially if your labor is long and laborious. My hospital gave me Motrin and I continued to take it for a week after giving birth to help with overall symptoms. I think it helped take the edge off and my doctor told me it was fine to take while breastfeeding. Definitely check with your doctor to make sure it is the right (and the safest) choice for you and baby! Get yours here!
Cleansing Squirt Bottle
It will most likely burn for you to pee the first week or two after giving birth, especially if you get the episiotomy (which is very common). The hospital will most likely give you a squirt bottle, but I bought this one in advance just to make sure. Basically, you spray warm water on your lady area with this bottle while you pee in order to get relief! Trust me, you NEED it!! But, next time I am DEFINITELY upgrading to this one! I am told it is much more functional and it totally worth the switch.
Yes. GET THESE FOR POSTPARTUM RECOVERY! At the hospital, they will give you mesh panties and these gigantic boat sized pads. Some people love them. I tried them the first few hours and bled all over the bed. I know, cute. Also, super easy to notice when wearing pants even slightly form-fitting. In the hospital, you are not going to care. But, you WILL care when people start to come to see the baby. I got these thin and discreet adult diapers and wore then for over two weeks! So easy to wear under pants and no one notices. Plus, way better leak protection!
In general, you will feel overall discomfort in your lower area during postpartum recovery. This is a cooling spray that helps ease the pain you will feel, while also keeping it clean. It is easy to use (the sprayer works upside-down!) and is said to speed up your recovery. What I liked best about it is that it is made of all natural and organic ingredients. It also is free of any parabens, propellants, and artificial fragrance. You can get yours here.
Tuck’s Witch Hazel Pads
Not going to lie, I am still using these till this day (fighting hemorrhoids, unfortunately!) and they are continuing to give me so much relief. Most women either develop hemorrhoids or existing ones get much worse when giving birth. These pads help provide extra cooling relief. I used them both to wipe at the end of a BM and also lined my underwear with them for extended relief and protection (#REALTALK). I bought a double pack here and I am so glad I did!
ASK FOR THESE THE MINUTE YOU ARE DONE GIVING BIRTH! Seriously, life changing. Many people are not told that you will take THE WORST BM of your life after giving birth. It is basically tiny rocks and cement. A bit of crying. Lots of pep-talking to yourself. Allow yourself some relief! I continued to take these well after giving birth. Next time, I am packing them in my hospital bag to take at my own leisure. You can get a good supply here. You will need this many! Take them the whole first month or two. Trust me!
Various Sized Pads
After about two weeks of wearing the adult diapers or the gigantic pads with mesh undies (seriously… get the adult diapers!), you will bleed a bit less and will be able to graduate to regular pads. I personally liked these ones for nighttime sleeping and these for during the day weeks 3-4 of postpartum recovery. I wore these week 5 just in case. The first two are super super super thin and wrap around the base of your panties to keep them in place. You might not need the ultra thin ones during week 5, but I liked having them while I continued to wear my Tuck’s pads.
Like I said above, it will not only hurt your back to stand for a week, but sitting is not any better. Think about it. You pushed a baby out of yourself and now it needs massive recovery. Sitting on it does not feel fantastic. Personally, I used the baby’s Boppy while sitting down around the house. But, for the next baby I am investing in a donut seat like this one because I deserve it! You will need/want it when breastfeeding, eating, driving, or just sitting down to watch tv. Treat yourself and get this for postpartum recovery!
Find an area in your bathroom to keep all of your postpartum recovery items together once you are home from the hospital. You will be so busy figuring out new life with a baby, so keeping these items in one spot will make things a lot easier for you.
I personally cleared a drawer right next to my toilet for easy access. My girlfriend made a cute, simple little basket that sat right behind her toilet. Do what works for you!
What items have you used or have been told you should use when going through postpartum recovery?