A little while back I wrote a post about what actually happens after labor. Yes, you meet your precious little baby, but it’s not all rainbows and sunshine. In order to make it through those first couple of weeks, I think every mom should be prepared with a Postpartum Survival Kit. I have created two lists: items provided by the hospital, and items you need to purchase yourself. I decided to include the first list because if you plan on birthing at home, you’ll need to get all these items.
Provided by the Hospital
- Peri bottle
- Tucks wipes – Even though the hospital gave me a container of wipes, I bought extra because I used more than provided.
- Mesh underwear – You can rinse and re-use the mesh underwear given by the hospital, or you can buy some for yourself.
- Dermoplast numbing spray – Make sure you buy the Dermoplast with the blue top, NOT the red top. If you want a more natural alternative, you can try Earth Mama Bottom Spray. I haven’t used this myself, but it has a lot of great reviews.
Items to Purchase
- Always overnight pads – These are the closest I found to the pads I was given at the hospital. Use these for the first couple days and at night. Then decrease the size pad you need with the amount of bleeding.
- Always regular pads
- Always ultra thin pads
- Disposable bed mats
- Witch Hazel – Witch hazel is an antisepctic and numbing agent. If you want to make some ice packs, pour some witch hazel on a fresh pad and freeze.
- Breast pads
- Magnesium – This acts as a natural stool softener, which you will appreciate.
- Vitamin D – Postpartum is full of some raging hormones. To help with all the craziness, I took some Vitamin D, the natural happy pill. I know some moms encapsulate their placentas, but I’m just not that crunchy. Pick whichever works for you.
- Postpartum tea bath – This tea bath helps a lot with the healing of your nether regions. I delivered in an alternative birthing unit and was able to purchase my tea bath there. A lot of doulas make tea baths. If you are using a doula, ask if she has some you can buy from her. Also, if you search for “postpartum herbal tea bath” on Etsy, there are lots of options there.
- Belly Bandit – There are lots of brands out there, but I used this one, and it worked great.
- Mother’s Milk Tea
- Water bottle
- Paper products (plates, bowls, cups, flatware) – Dishes are a pain in the butt even when you don’t have a newborn. Do yourself a favor and use paper products for the first couple of weeks. You will appreciate having one less household chore on your mind.
- Prepared meals – Unless someone is going to make meals for you, I would suggest prepping and freezing some crockpot meals. Then you can just throw the meal in the crockpot, and you just have one dish to clean. You will want meals planned (could be take-out, frozen, or from friends) to last about two weeks.
- Disinfectant wipes – It’s hard to find time to do much around the house those first few weeks. If you have some disinfectant wipes around the house, you can use them to give the bathroom a quick wipe down.
Is there anything you’ve used in postpartum recovery that you would add to this list? Tell me in the comments!