I’m excited to be talking about postpartum because its so important, and I am currently 2 months postpartum myself. Being prepared for postpartum is just as important as being prepared for birth. Having items that aid in healing and rest during your postpartum is essential. I want to share my favorite and most helpful items that I used during my postpartum period.
I hope this list of essentials for postpartum is helpful to you in your postpartum. I included links to products that I use so you can try them yourself!
- Basket of postpartum supplies: maxi pads, adult diapers, wipes, peri bottle, perineum spray. Keep this right next to the toilet in your bathroom for easy access to everything that you need to help heal down there. Frida Mom has a postpartum kit that has all the essentials!
- Perineum healing spray. This is easy to find at stores and on amazon, and actually really easy and inexpensive to make yourself! Just fill a glass spray bottle with equal witch hazel and aloe vera, and add 10 drops each of lavender and tea tree essential oil.
- Essential oils and a diffuser. I have one running at my house daily for both the physical health benefits of the essentials oils and the mood booster they are to me. My favorite oils to diffuse postpartum are lavender + cedarwood for healthy sleep and rest, clary sage to help with postpartum cramping, a citrus blend of oils like grapefruit, orange and lemon for a mood and energy booster, and I really love premade oil blends from Young Living like Stress Away, Joy, Gentle Baby, and Thieves, which is specifically great to boost your immune system.
- Smoothies. Smoothies are an amazing way to get your fruits and veggies, and you can add great other things like coconut oil or avocado for healthy fats, flax seeds for fiber, protein powder/ collagen or a greens powder if you want to get all of the good things in one drink. When you’re breastfeeding, you need to have more carbs, calories, and fats for healthy milk production, and smoothies are a really great way to make sure youre getting all of it.
- Nipple balm or nipple cream. When you first start breastfeeding, your nipples often get really sore and painful for a short amount of time, and having some sort of soothing cream or balm is amazing. Lansinoh makes a pure lanolin nipple cream, and Earth Mama makes a really great nipple butter, and i’ve tried several different products, and these worked the best for me.
- Bone broth. Bone broth is a really nutritious food that contains protein, healthy fats, collagen, and other vitamins and minerals that aid in healing in the body and sustaining a healthy digestive system. Bone broth is also really easy to make! Click here to see my bone broth method.
- Hot herbal tea. Herbal tea is a great way to get the benefits from healthy, healing herbs like nettles, raspberry leaf, echinacea, and lavender. I like to drink Mother’s Milk and Raspberry leaf tea from Traditional Medicinals and echinacea tea mixed with green tea. Herbal fruit teas with honey are also some of my favorites. One of my favorite hot tea drinks is hot water with a splash of lemon juice, a few slices of ginger, and local honey for a cozy, healing, and healthy postpartum drink.
- Salt Lamp. A salt lamp is a super cute way to get a nice soft glow of light for breastfeeding in the middle of the night and setting a cozy mood for rest. Himalayan salt lamps also have cleansing benefits and help purify the air.
- This electric mug heater. It is surprising, but I used it every single day for over two weeks after I had my third baby. It is an amazing little gadget that keeps your tea and coffee warm for hours!
- High waisted compression leggings. You can buy these at many stores, but my favorite high compression leggings are these on Amazon. This keeps your belly gently compressed and help you feel like a person again after having a baby.
- The Haakaa breast pump. This is a really easy way to effortlessly collect let down from your other breast while you are feeding your babe! I have saved countless ounces of liquid gold simply by using this once daily.
- A cozy nursing nightgown. The last thing you want in those first days postpartum is to have to wrangle your legs out of pants every time you have to go to the bathroom.
- A big cup with a straw is essential for making sure you’re drinking enough water. Having a cup with a straw makes it easy to sip on water while you are laying down! Reusable straws are great, as well.
- A baby wrap will be very helpful once you have completed your bed rest period of postpartum. Carrying around that babe is not only helpful for you, but beneficial for the baby’s physical and social development. The boba wrap is my favorite!
- The book, The First 40 Days, is a great resource for learning about postpartum rest and ideas for postpartum recipes.
- Arnica gel is an herbal way to help with those aches and pains after childbirth. I love rob this on my lower back!
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