There’s a not-so-cute side to the post-natal experience that sends shivers down parents’ spines. Yes, finally getting to enjoy your baby is a beautiful thing, but if you’re a mother who’s just given birth, your body’s healing process is not as pretty. Thank goodness we’re not in the middle ages anymore, though!
Modern technology has gifted us with countless cool gadgets that make the landing into motherhood a lot less bumpy. Let’s go through some postpartum essentials to put into your kit for when you finally make it home.
Not every woman will want to breastfeed, and that’s a-okay. But if you do plan on it, you’ll want to have a breastfeeding pillow handy to reduce strain on your back and make the experience much more comfortable for you and your baby.
In the same vein, if you do breastfeed, you’re bound to encounter some cracking, soreness, and even bleeding; adding nipple cream to your arsenal will save you from a lot of discomforts. However, consistent pain is not normal, so be sure to speak to a lactation consultant if this is something you experience.
It does not matter whether you had a c-section or natural birth; pain down there may be inevitable. Tears in the vagina or haemorrhoids from pushing or constipation can make it painful to sit on hard surfaces. Keep a doughnut pillow handy to avoid wincing at the dinner table when you sit down.
Nursing bras aren’t just for making feeding time more convenient; they’re also super comfortable! Nursing bras tend to be seamless, so you won’t get any irritation around your breasts or nipples, which will undoubtedly be very sensitive. Some nursing bras even come with moldable cups to adjust the shaping to your liking.
Belly wraps don’t just help flatten your tummy after giving birth; they also offer back support, allow you to be more mobile, and even strengthen your core. If you had a c-section, belly pads are also a great way to protect and support the incision site comfortably.
Padsicles or Other Ice Packs
Padsicles probably sounds like you’re taking a regular pad and putting it in the freezer. Well, you’re not too far off. Padsicles are pads filled with a gel that you can freeze and then wear to reduce swelling in the perineal after a natural birth. Ice packs in general for your breasts, back, and anywhere else you feel discomfort are lovely to have at arm’s length.
When you’re healing from childbirth, the thought of having a bowel movement is nothing short of terrifying. If you’re constipated from anaesthesia or have some perineal healing to do, taking a stool softener can help eliminate the stress of having to use the bathroom. Often, your doctor will suggest one that’s safe, but if not, be sure to ask them first; especially if you’re planning to breastfeed.
Most of the time, over-the-counter pain relief is perfectly okay to use, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. But once again, if you plan on breastfeeding or have any risks associated with bleeding, asking your doctor first is your safest bet.
Comfy clothes are a must-have whether you’ve had a baby or not, but loose-fitting clothing such as sweatpants will make your life back home with your baby so much easier. You’re not going to wear your Padsicles with skinny jeans, are you?
Remember, no post-natal recovery plan is one-size-fits-all, but equipping yourself with these items will ensure that you’re one of many new mum success stories.
Written by: Marie Miguel
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.