Hey there, mamas! I cannot believe it’s 2020 already and that Michael and I are due with our first baby ANY DAY now! We are beyond excited and can’t wait to meet the lil’ kiwi. As you may have guessed, I am a bit of a control freak when it comes to organizing and planning for big events. So, naturally, childbirth was no exception. As I’ve said, I have done an extensive amount of research on what to expect and how to prepare for a new baby and I must say, I’ve learned A LOT! I am so grateful for the time we live in-where information is at the tips of our fingers and everyone is willing to share their knowledge!
I wanted to give you insight into how I have prepared for not only childbirth, but the aftermath…the 4th trimester. I’m talking postpartum care, ladies! I don’t know about you, but I want to be as comfortable and as prepped as I can be before this baby arrives so that when the big day comes, I can easily access all that I need to. So, without further adeau, here is how to make your own DIY Postpartum Care Kit and what it should include.
- Disposable Underwear
Theres nothing quite like the beauty of your period coming back with a vengeance after you’ve birthed your sweet babe. Be prepared to either do a ton of laundry and change your knickers every hour, or get ahead of the game and stock up on some disposable underwear. I personally plan to bring a few of these to the hospital while we stay overnight just in case!
2. Earth Mama Perineal Spray
I can imagine how painful the postpartum recovery is, especially if you suffer from a perineal tear. I’ve heard amazing things about the Earth Mama brand and since it’s all organic, I’m definitely on board! Just spray this heavenly helper where the sun don’t shine before putting on those stylish disposable underwear, and you’ll be on your way to healing in no time! 😉
3. Always Extra Absorbent Pads
Like I said before, after your beautiful experience birthing your baby, your Aunt Flo is going to invite herself back to the party and it’s better to be prepared for her nonsense. If you didn’t get that, you’re going to BLEED…a lot. So, these extra absorbent overnight pads placed on top of your disposable underwear should really help with the recovery. For extra protection, I actually bought some of these puppy pads to place underneath me while I sleep. I really don’t want to have to get up in the middle of the night to find not only a crying baby, but a blood-stained bed sheet.
4. Medicated Cooling Pads/Tucks
Another way to help with the pain is to layer on some of these medicated cooling pads onto your absorbent pad inside your disposable underwear…sounds like we are creating some Postpartum Care Lasagna, people! YUM. Anyway, I have heard nothing but great things about these bad boys from fellow new mommies. I personally bought the off brand that is soaked in witch hazel, but I’m sure they both do the trick! Just place two or three of these on top of your Always pad and you’re good to go!
5. Earth Mama Nipple Butter
One of my best friends just had her sweet baby girl in September of 2019 and she has been a SAINT about giving me all of the best advice and tips on new mama life. One tip she gave me was to purchase Earth Mama’s Organic Nipple Butter. Apparently, cracking nipples are a thing after you start breastfeeding, so this little concoction may help do the trick for seriously sore nipples. A great perk about this product is that you don’t have to worry about wiping it off before feeding your baby…it’s organic! LOVE!
6. Sprix Nasal Spray
This is actually a prescribed medication for pain relief, so I won’t be linking this one to Amazon…sorry peeps. However, talk to your midwife or OB about ordering some of this stuff. It enters your bloodstream quicker than Ibuprofen and helps alleviate some of the pain after childbirth. Michael and I have great insurance through work and this was free for us. In your next appointment, ask about it and see if they offer it! It’s worth a shot!
7. Sitz Bath Soak
I guess hemorrhoids are a thing too after birthing your baby, so taking a nice hot Sitz bath can help reduce swelling and ease the pain of those pesky things. The trick is to fill your tub up about 6 inches and soak your perineum in it for about 10-20 minutes. This particular brand is organic and some of the listed ingredients include epsom salt, witch hazel, Dead Sea salt, and lavender essential oils. I’ve been soaking in epsom salt and essential oils for the last few weeks of pregnancy and I must say, it’s SO relaxing! I can only imagine that soaking with this stuff postpartum will be a great relief as well.
8. Water Wipes/Cleansing Bottle
Postpartum care means being gentle on your lady parts! Your body just did a magnificent and wonderful thing, so we gotta make sure to treat it with care. Instead of using regular toilet paper, I am planning to use these gentle water wipes. Along with that, a perineal cleansing bottle is another great way to cleanse your lady parts. I recommend using this one.
That’s all, loves! If you’ve learned something of value from this post or if you have any other suggestions, please leave a comment! I love hearing from you guys and want to learn as much as I can about mama tips and tricks! Have a happy first week of 2020!