Must-have postpartum care kit items
When it comes time to deliver, you’ve likely been mentally preparing for what labour is really like for months. But what about after your baby arrives? From breastfeeding to your first postpartum bowel movement, taking care of your body after childbirth should be a top priority.
Make sure you have these eight postpartum care kit must-haves to ensure your after-birth experience is comfortable and worry-free:
1 Maternity pads
The first thing you’ll need when leaving the hospital are maternity pads. For the first week or so after you give birth, you’ll experience significant bleeding. These heavy-duty pads have extra leak protection and are much safer to use than a tampon or menstrual cup.
2 Maternity underwear
Additionally, you’ll want to have plenty of large, comfortable underwear on hand. You may prefer to buy some postpartum underwear, which is made of soft mesh and designed to hold everything in place. From ice packs to pads and even C-section stitches, these lifesavers will be your best friend for the first few weeks after giving birth.
3 Witch hazel
If you’ve never discovered the miracle of witch hazel, now is the perfect time! Witch hazel helps manage swelling and haemorrhoids. Some mums like to make their own witch hazel-soaked pads, or even freeze them as an ice pack. You can also buy witch hazel wipes to keep with you when you’re out and about.
4 Epsom salts
Since you’ll be sore and sensitive after giving birth, it can help to prepare a bath with epsom salts in it for a soothing soak. Fill the tub with a few inches of warm water and a cup of epsom salts (aka magnesium sulphate heptahydrate). Pat yourself dry, so as to not irritate your skin.
5 Numbing spray
There are a lot of new products on the market that can help provide extra relief, such as perineal healing foam and numbing spray. Keep some of this close by and you’ll be able to manage your discomfort while you care for your baby.
6 Donut pillow
While you’re healing from childbirth, a donut pillow or boppy pillow can help make it more comfortable to sit down. You’ll be exhausted from labor and making sure baby is settled, so taking breaks is a must. A donut pillow can also provide arm support when you’re breastfeeding.
7 Breast pads
Speaking of breastfeeding, there’s always a chance of leaking when you first start learning your rhythm, so stock up on breast pads to save a few changes of clothes throughout the day. There are plenty of options on the market.
8 Nipple cream
If it’s your first time breastfeeding, nipple cream is another great investment. Breastfeeding can cause tenderness and some pain, and nipple cream can help soothe any soreness in the meantime.
Postpartum care should be a top priority, along with the health and comfort of your new baby. Make sure you have everything you need and splurge on the good stuff. You deserve it, mama!
- Jennifer Hart