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I thought I was prepared for my first few weeks postpartum after delivering my first child. I had all the essentials that my baby needed like diapers, clothes, and swaddle blankets. However, no one told me that I needed diapers as well. Unfortunately, new Moms aren’t properly prepared to take care of themselves postpartum. It is so vital that new Moms have the tools necessary to ease the discomfort of after birth and here are the five must haves every new Mama should know about.
1) Adult Diapers
Most women will continue to bleed for about 3 weeks after giving birth.The hospital will provide you with mesh underwear and a few HUGE pads. These are uncomfortable and not practical if you plan on getting dressed and leaving the house. The best solution is to buy adult diapers. This way you don’t have to worry about pads moving around or having a huge noticeable bulge on your bum.
2) Perineum Care
As you can imagine your downstairs is a little sore, having pushed a human through it and all. Using the bathroom may be painful, especially if you tear and require an episiotomy. The hospital or birthing center will send you home with a perineal bottle, which is essentially just a water bottle, to use to help you clean up after you use the restroom.
These will not offer much comfort. However, Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics makes 3 products that will offer a soothing relief.
Bottom Spray – a cooling, soothing mist that helps to ease the discomfort of postpartum vaginal soreness and swelling.
Bottom Balm– Helps relieve discomfort from prenatal and postpartum hemorrhoids, vaginal swelling and bruising, perineal tears, and episiotomies. This can also be used as a diaper rash cream for your new baby.
Postpartum Bath Herbs– herbal pads that provide a soothing and comforting relief for both prenatal and postpartum bottoms.
3) Nipple Cream
Breast feeding hurts… badly. During the first few weeks of breastfeeding your nipples will become very raw and maybe even crack and bleed. There are creams and ointments available to help ease the pain and offer protection as your breasts adjust to breastfeeding. These creams do not need to be removed prior to breastfeeding and are extremely helpful.
This ointment is safe for babies and is the most common nipple cream used by breast feeding mothers.
Earth Mama Angel Baby has created a natural organic plant based, lanolin free alternative.
4) Pain Killers
After birth, you may experience contraction like pain as your uterus shrinks and returns to its proper location. Before you deliver, research what types of pain killers you are comfortable taking and how much. You don’t want to suffer more than you have to and you also don’t want to let the pain make you make a decision that you will regret later. Here is a list of drugs that are considered safe to take while breastfeeding. You can also try this Organic Monthly Comfort Tea to ease cramping.
Because YOU GOT THIS MAMA!