Postpartum is a time in a women’s life where so many things seems blurred. You are trying to heal physically and mentally all while becoming connected with your newborn. Not too mention the load a of mother who already has other kids, or a new mama trying to breastfeed for the first time. It’s a lot to manage, it’s exhausting. Can I encourage you today? Those first few weeks seem tough, but it doesn’t stay like that forever. You’ll find your rhythm, you’ll get out of the house once again, and you’ll continue to fall in love with your baby as they grow each day. A postpartum experience can be shocking and tough to go through but take it one day at at time.
This isn’t meant to be a “scary” blog post. I know many people on IG can scare women when it comes to sharing THEIR postpartum journey, or it seems that many can bounce back right away- is it a wild experience? YES. But I had to turn the channel as I healed because it was just too much and I started to compare. Each individuals pregnancy, birth, and postpartum is unique and special. Don’t feel like you have to “bounce back” – heal, rest, recover, bond with baby, take your time. My postpartum experience is unique being a c-section mama. I can only be specific to the things and products that helped me during my recovery, but I hope this post to any and every mama on their journey.
Here are some postpartum products I loved for my recovery.
High waisted undies– I wore the mesh undies for literally as long as I could. I asked the hospital for several pair. They were loose and just very comfortable on my incision site where I didn’t want anything touching the area. After the first two weeks I graduated to undies but they had to be high-waisted as to not be right at the incision site. I grabbed a couple from Amazon.
Boppy pillow– I’ve mentioned this in prior posts but I really didn’t think I would use a Boppy pillow, but I can tell you that it was the best thing for me for the first few months. I couldn’t use it right at first as a breastfeeding pillow because I was way to sore to have any pressure in that area, but once I was able to it allowed me to comfortably feed Caden. I was able to feed him in a variety of ways as well.
Pain reliever– I trusted my doctor to give me the correct pain medication knowing I would be breastfeeding. So, they gave me Ibuprofen and that’s what I used those first weeks and being in so much pain. I’m telling you, just take the medicine, even if you don’t want to. It will help. It will help ease the body and mind. Ask your doctor prior to leaving the hospital so you are prepared when you get home.
Stool softener– Same with the stool softner, I took what the doctor gave and the dosage they prescribed. I never had any issues in this area. Drinking lots of water also helps.
Comfy loose clothes– The first few weeks all I wanted to wear was a robe. It was easier to feed Caden, it was comfortable, and easy to wear. My daily #ootd would be my mesh undies, a massive pad and a robe for the first two weeks. When I started to feel better, and wanted to put clothes on, they had to be very comfortable. So, I got a couple of Amazon lounge sets that came in handy. Pretty much all I still wear to this day. Lounge sets are comfy, but make me feel put together, especially when I had my family come over to visit.
Pads>Diapers.- Originally I purchased diapers to wear in postpartum, but when I tried them, they were so uncomfy, and didn’t feel good on my incision site. I stuck with the big ol pads from the hospital (I asked for some when I left and they gave me two packs), and then went to regular pads when needed.
Baskets for postpartum care, and newborn products– I don’t think I can recommend these enough, but GET BASKETS FOR EVERYTHING. I had a small basket in my bathroom for my pads and postpartum personal care, then in my nightstand I had one for my breastfeeding items, and one for Caden’s newborn products. I had a large one next to our bed with diapers, wipes, and a changing pad. It made things more organized so I didn’t have to search all over the house for things.
Postpartum care that isn’t a product but so important: HELPFUL TIPS
Hold your incision site with a pillow when you sneeze or cough for extra support.
Try a variety of breastfeeding positions. I found more comfortable to hold Caden in a football hold for several weeks, then with the boppy pillow I held him in front, and then I was able to comfortably lay down and feed him. You can check out my breastfeeding journey, products I loved, and tips in THIS POST.
It sucks, but you gotta walk. I screamed in the hospital multiple times when I tried to walk for the first time. They told me I needed to and that it was good for healing. So I did. I walked and did what I could. Each day I could tell I was getting better and I was able to walk a little longer distance each time. This can help ease gas pains, help you have a bowel movement, and prevent blood clots so it’s very important.
REST REST REST. This is the most important part of healing. REST. Our body NEEDS it. If you need help, ASK. If you can’t do it all, don’t. Take time to rest when baby rests even if you don’t think you need it. Each day, find something that is restful or relaxing for you.
** TIP** The hospitals gives you postpartum products to use, TAKE THEM HOME and ask for some more. I was prepared for 2 weeks with the products they gave me and that’s all I needed! It was great!