Most women prepare for the actual labor and birth, but often the postpartum pain and recovery takes them by surprise. And as mothers we get so caught up in our babies that we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. After the birth of baby it is so important that you take care of yourself, so you can take care of your baby. It is so important that you spend the first few days post baby, resting, recovering and bonding. Take the time to take a bath, relax, read a book, take naps, drink the tea that you love! Love yourself, so you can love you baby. It is time that should be spent learning to breastfeed, latching and getting to know your baby.
I have built a daily to do list to guide you through recovery and a list of items you will need to get through those first few days and weeks of early motherhood.
What we are going to do is we are going to build a postpartum care box that you can store easily and keep in a small space that can be close to you in case you need it.
Please feel free to add extras into this you think you would love to enjoy during your post part of healing journey. Here we go!
Postpartum Care kit Contents
- A decent sized box that can be stored easily and be accessible.
- Depends (the most comfortable alternative to pads!) – No one has time to wash out stains from underwear with a newborn. These are affordable enough to wear and toss.
- Padcicles (you can pre make these and store them) – Put these in the freezer for maximum pain relief.
- Ibprofen – Advil will work wonders to help manage the pain and swelling after birth
- Nursing bra – Find a bra that is super comfortable and buy 3 or 4 of them so you don’t have to do laundry all the time
- Breast pads – You want to be ready for when your milk comes in and avoid leaks
- Epsom salts – Works wonders for healing after birth
- sitz bath tea bags – See my blog post on how to make your own tea bags! https://mindfulmommydoula.com/diy-postpartum-herbal-sitz-bath-tea-bags-mindful-mommy/
- Witch Hazel – An alcohol-free version is best. You can add this to your peri bottle for added relief and cleansing, or pour them into pads and freeze them to create “padsicles.
- Peri bottle – Use this to squirt your underside with when you go to the bathroom after the baby is born. If you tear, your urine stings as it touches the sensitive spots, so you fill the bottle with warm water and squirt it on yourself as you pee. It’s also good for cleaning yourself during those early days of lots of lochia
- Heating pad, magic bag and Ice pack – For swelling or comfort. Heat can work wonders for aches and pains after baby
- Stool softener – The first bowel movement after baby can be scary and this can really help!
- Refillable Water Bottle – Stay hydrated! Your body will be working extra hard and producing milk, so drink up!
Daily Postpartum To Do List
**This level of recovery self-care is needed only for a few days or a week or two!**
And don’t be afraid to ask your partner/doula for help with this list of things to get done. Let your partner/doula to take the baby while you sit in the tub for a bit or nap with your baby.
Your postpartum recovery won’t be just a few days and full recovery from pregnancy and childbirth can take months but keeping this kit close at hand will help your recovery to be more restful. Many women feel mostly recovered by 6-8 weeks, it may take longer than this to feel like yourself again and during this time, you may feel as though your body has turned against you. Try not to get frustrated. Remember that your body is not aware of your timelines and expectations. The best thing you can do for it is rest, eat well, and give yourself a break. Also during this time, your hormones will be fluctuating. You may not be thinking clearly and will be more emotional. Again, give yourself time for this to pass.That is not to say that postpartum recovery won’t have its challenges. It is very common to feel as though your body is not healing as quickly as you’d like. Remember, the more you can rest your body and let it fully recover, the better you’ll be for it. Even if you can only manage to eat, sleep, and care for your baby, that is enough.
If there are any extra items that you think could/should be added to the list, please comment below! I’d love to hear them!