Confused about what you may need for postpartum recovery? I have some great recommendations for you! Many of you know that we welcomed baby number 3 to our family early in March. It was a beautiful experience. It was my third unmedicated birth, but my first home birth! This meant my postpartum recovery was a tad bit different. My first was delivered in a birth center. With your first, afterbirth pains are uncommon. I also had the help of my parents, and didn’t really need much extra assistance postpartum. My second was delivered at a hospital, so I had almost 2 days of care in hospital – I didn’t cook any food, and was fed a steady diet of prescription ibuprofen and lortabs to help with afterbirth pains.
With my third, I did not have the option of prescriptions for afterbirth pains, and have found myself needing a lot of additional help! Since it’s still early April, all of my favorite things are still really fresh on my mind and I figured this would be a perfect moment to share those things with you
WishGarden AfterEase Herbal Tincture
This AfterEase tincture from WishGarden has been a must have this time. Afterbirth pains intensify after each pregnancy and this time was ROUGH. For perspective – my contractions were painless in labor this time, but after birth pains were so intense that I shed a few tears this time. AfterEase is a herbal tincture that can be used 24 hours postpartum (this protects against hemorrhage). You take it as needed and preventatively. I would take a dose before breastfeeding each time, and then every 15 minutes after the first dose until the pain would subside again. In my experience a one ounce bottle was enough for 2 days. I wish I had ordered the two ounce bottle – to help me through all the worst pain.
Blossom Maxi Pads (found at Aldi)
I know it may be TMI, but pads are just a necessity postpartum. I have tried different brands, and this time I bought an off brand from Aldi and it is my new favorite for the early days of postpartum bleeding! To quote my sister when I showed her the pad “it looks like a magic carpet you could hop on and ride away!”. These pads were massive, I’ve heard of some women using depends postpartum – but that would not at all be necessary with these. They are really inexpensive, and large, and can be worn in your normal comfy undies postpartum.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars
If you are planning to breastfeed, go ahead and plan to be starving all the time for a few days. These Larabars are a filling, tasty vegan option. I kept mine close by for a few days as my milk was coming in. It was really helpful to have a snack I could eat with one hand while breastfeeding!
BAI Cocofusions Antioxidant Waters
Postpartum hunger is always accompanied by postpartum thirst. I love to drink water – and of course that is what is best for you! But I have to admit after about 100 ounces of water I get REALLY tired of the flavor. Initially I added in gatorade – because the electolytes are supposed to help with milk production. But it has so many yucky ingredients and calories. So I switched to BAI Cocofusions and my milk production really increased! I only drink one a day because it has naturally occurring caffeine in it. But it is a great vegan option without all the calories and food dye!
This was undeniably the biggest help of all. With my first, a couple people provided meals which was helpful. But the recovery was also pretty gentle so it wasn’t a massive need. With my second, I was still relatively new to Alabama and we did not receive any meals aside from those prepared by my family when they came to visit (which was super helpful!). This time, my sister set up a meal train, and it was such a massive blessing! You can advise others of food allergies or preferred delivery schedules and friends and family can sign up to bring you food postpartum. Our baby is 3 weeks old at time of writing, and even today a sweet friend brought us a delicious dairy free meal! This has been so incredibly helpful, because in the midst of the sleep deprivation, and nursing marathons, I have felt so supported. Do yourself a favor and signup for mealtrain.com postpartum. Better yet, ask a trusted friend to do it for you. You won’t regret it!
What did you love postpartum?
The truth is, there are so many items that provide comfort postpartum and everyone’s needs are a little bit different. What did you love postpartum?