5 Things to have on-hand for yourself postpartum
A lot of moms ask me what they should stock up on and have on-hand for when they get home from the hospital. Most mamas put a lot of energy into planning what they'll need for the baby, but don't forget to plan for what you'll need to be comfortable, too! I've polled several of my mom friends, and this is what we came up with!
1: Depends / Pads
Most women experience bleeding & discharge for up to 6 weeks postpartum, and you don't want to ruin all your underwear with unexpected leaks! A lot of women find Depends a bit easier to manage & more comfortable than using pads, but stock up on whatever you feel most comfortable using!
2: Easy Snacks
If you're planning to breastfeed, you will likely experience the "hangries" at some point, but you may have finally gotten baby to settle down and not want to get up! Stash easy snacks that you can eat with one hand around your home in places where you may sit down to breastfeed. Think granola bars, dried fruit, anything nutritious that you can open & eat with one hand! I also always tell my mamas to stock the freezer with healthy, easy meals you can heat up for those days when you just don't feel like cooking.
3: Sitz Spray
I've heard nothing but good things about either purchasing or making a sitz spray for yourself. You will likely have some soreness after a vaginal delivery, and you can either spray this on pads/depends (& stick in the freezer for a few minutes!) or spray directly on your perineum/vaginal area for some soothing relief. Here's a recipe for how to make it yourself at home, or you can purchase it for yourself from Motherlove.
4: Magazines / Audio Books / Podcasts
Treat yourself to some trashy magazines or an audiobook that you've been wanting to listen to! It's great to be present & loving with your baby while you're breastfeeding, but it can also be nice to have something on-hand to listen to or read that's interesting & compelling. Most libraries have free audiobooks available to rent!
5: A New, Beautiful Journal
You may not get to this every day or even every month, and that's ok. But set the intention to journal when you can about how you're feeling, what baby is doing, what's hard, what's amazing. Many people say that those first few months are a total blur, and having memories in a journal to look back on will be an amazing treasure to create for yourself!