Since I am officially recovered and feeling awesome, I felt that it was time to share what you really need for post-partum recovery! Well, what I needed anyway;) I had a few things that seriously helped me recover from the trauma that is childbirth, and I knew I needed to share them. This is by no means going to be a glamorous post……But recovering from a baby is basically the least glamorous thing you will ever do. Ever. Ever. Ever.
- Padsicles. Don’t let anyone tell you they don’t work. They. Are. Amazing. My hospital gave me a huge bag of them to take home, so I never had to make any….But here is a how-to if you need to make your own. I had a crap ton (yeah, that many) of stitches, so they really helped you know….numb the area.
- Nipple Cream. Lucy and I haven’t exactly had the smoothest breastfeeding journey thus far, so this stuff is a necessity. The day I came home from the hospital I was in so much pain, I couldn’t stop crying! I used the Motherlove Nipple Cream, and I think it definitely helped to speed up the healing process. I can not tell you how important it is to get into contact with a lactation consultant though, and make sure your babe has a good latch, or else you will be like me rocking back and forth icing my nips 24/7.
- Motrin. Have that shit in every room. You’ll need it. Again, I had a crap ton of stitches….So maybe if you didn’t need your lady bits completely sewn back together, you could do without it. I however, could not. Just take the meds.
- Stool Softeners. I’m going to be very real, and very blunt….The thought of pooping after having a baby is absolutely freaking TERRIFYING. Stool softeners will make the experience much more pleasant. I promise.
- Big ole’ undies, also known as granny panties. Coming home after you give birth to a small (but feels very, very large at the time) human, the last thing you want to do is scurry into your pre-baby cute underwear. For one, they probably don’t fit; and two, you are in no condition down there to be wearing anything tight ANY time soon. At least me anyway, but see above statement *lady bits being completely sewn back together* I went to Walmart and picked up the biggest pair of Hanes briefs and settled in. I didn’t even splurge for the bikini cut….I mean, who am I trying to impress here. I also highly recommend snagging as many pairs of the mesh underwear from the hospital as possible, and don’t feel bad….They are charging you thousands of dollars to birth a child, take the free stuff. “free” lol.
- Nursing bras. So many people told me I didn’t need nursing bras, so I only had two. Well listen here, they lied to me. Nursing bras are SO convenient. They make it so much easier to just whip out your boob and not fumble around with pulling up your sports bra and covering it in milk. I love the sports bra style with the clips (I have THESE), they are so comfortable and an absolute must!
- Nursing Pads. I had no clue that your boobs just leak at any given time. Keep nursing pads in your bra at all times, or else you will be like me and be casually getting ready for the day in your freshly cleaned clothes (which is a huge accomplishment when you just had a baby) and you look down to see milk covering your shirt. & if you’re like me, you leave it for a few hours. Seriously, this is glamorous stuff people. These Lansinoh pads are my favorite.
- Post-Partum Belly Band. I don’t know that this really made a life changing difference in the size of my stomach, but it helped me to feel so much more put together the first week after I gave birth. You are so jiggly those first few days, so anything to really suck you in will make you feel just a tiiiiny bit better about yourself. A tiny bit.
So there you have it, eight things that really helped me recover from the whirlwind of childbirth. There are definitely more things that I am probably just completely blanking on, but these stood out. I managed to feel semi-normal again relatively quickly, and by four weeks I felt amazing! Lucy was 100000% worth it all, and I would still do it a million more times;) Happy recovering!