Postpartum can be a rollercoaster and it is important to prepare for after baby comes. Sometimes you are in physical pain from a major abdominal surgery or a second degree tear. Or maybe you’re hormones are regulating and mental health needs to be a priority. Along with freezer meals and an awesome IBCLC, here are my favorite postpartum items that will help support you while you heal.
I am not being paid in any way to promote these items. I just truly love them and have found that they’ve helped tremendously throughout my postpartum healing journey.
Frida Mom Perineal Cooling Pad Liners: If I could suggest only one thing for perineal healing, I’d definitely suggest these. I’ve used the perineal bottles but I’m quite sensitive after birth and feel shocked every time the water hits me. With these, you can control where to touch and how. I never used them as pad liners, but in place of toilet paper. They’re soothing, they help clean any blood, and the material is very soft.
2. Pink Stork Postpartum Mood Support: These are meant to be taken in combination with your prenatal or other vitamin you choose after birth. I took these for months after I had my fourth child. My midwife suggested them after I expressed that I thought I’d need some extra emotional/hormonal support, especially with my husband being deployed and taking care of the kids on my own. Compared to my postpartum experience with my third child, I felt much happier and less moody while taking these.
3. Water Bottle: Hydration is one of the most important things you can do for your body. Not only does hydration promote healing but it also helps establish your milk supply should you choose to nurse your baby. I love insulated bottles because they keep the ice frozen and you can fill it up many times before you need more. I also recommend getting one that can hold a large amount of water…you’ll be more likely to drink it if it’s there. Bonus if it fits in the car cup holders! If water doesn’t sound that appealing to you, you could try putting some True Lemon in your water to give it a bit of flavor.
4. Blanqi Highwaist Postpartum + Nursing Leggings: Have you ever had a baby, and then go to stand up only to feel like your stomach and intestines are falling, causing a pulling feeling and leaving a TON of space in your chest? It is the weirdest and most uncomfortable thing to me. So to counter this, I bought the Blanqi shorts version of these pants and they helped support my stomach more than any belly band I’ve tried. They go underneath clothing really well and can also be used while nursing to cover your stomach if you lift your shirt up to nurse like I do. They also have maternity pants, which I loved just as much.
5. House Dress: These house dresses are perfect for lounging or sleeping in. I love the ones made my Dwell and Slumber as well. I’ve even dressed them up with flats to run errands. They have snaps going to the front, perfect for nursing or pumping. The buttons go down far enough that you even have enough room to put your baby inside and do skin to skin. This would work great to birth in and put your baby immediately to your chest as well.
6. Snuggle Me Organic Nursing Pillow: I’ve tried a few different nursing pillows and this one takes the cake! I love that the side taper and come to a point so to fit nicely on the side of you. I used this in my rocking chair, in bed, on the couch…you name the place, I’ve probably taken it there. It’s important to try and stay upright while nursing so you don’t hurt your neck (nursing neck). This pillow will helps support this.
7. doTERRA Citrus Bliss Oil: I’m sure you’ve heard how smell can alter your mood. The smell of vanilla is calming while the smell of citrus helps brighten your mood while energizing at the same time. What new parent couldn’t use a little boost after a long night with a newborn? It’s not overpowering either. I diffuse this in my living room and find myself in a much happier state of mind even minutes after.
8. Promptly Journal Postpartum Journal: I love to journal. I feel it helps me think on a deeper level and access thoughts and feelings that I NEED to think and feel in order to grow and heal. This journal has a daily check in, milestones, and very thoughtful questions that get the wheels turning. What do I need today? Do I need help with something? These are the type of questions that are asked and are necessary to think about in the postpartum phase. Not only is this journal great but literally ALL of their journals are amazing. I have 4 other types of journals from them and can’t recommend them enough.