I know, I know, this isn't your typical Weeknight Bite healthy recipe or nutrition post. Today we're trading cauliflower rice for nipple cream, so read on with caution! 🤣I do think this is a topic that will be really beneficial for a lot of women because let me tell ya, behind every newborn cutie pie is a tired mama who is also wearing a diaper (for real, tho 😳).
I didn't realize how tough the recovery would be, and when I mentioned that the other day on my insta stories, I received countless messages from women asking questions and wondering what they would need for their own recovery. So I figured I'd put it all together in a blog post! That way, you can stock up on everything early and avoid frantically texting your mama-friends at 3am when you're back from the hospital and you realize you need way more comfortable pads, a better alternative to the hospital spray bottle, and something to heal your sore nipples (and fast!). I placed a lot of middle of the night Amazon orders those first few days at home, so I'm hoping this list will get you all prepped so you can just focus on healing and on your baby, rather than "adding-to-cart" all night long!
Labor is called labor for a reason - it's hard work on your body! Everyone's labor is different, and I assume some have a harder recovery than others, but either way, you can never be too prepared! Personally, I was much more sore and swollen than expected and I had a hard time walking and sitting for about a week afterwards. It took 8 or 9 days for me to be able to sit on a chair or a couch without a pillow under me. Ouch! You also bleed for several weeks, and treating it like a period just doesn't cut it. To quote the slogan of my favorite brand of pads... "it's not your period, it's postpartum." and you need to take care of yourself differently! Since the supplies they give you in the hospital are a little harsh, here are the products that are much more gentle and so helpful in recovering.
For down there: Pads
After delivering Noah, I was in hospital mesh undies with an adult diaper inside and a pad inside of that. Not comfortable! Switch the hospital pads for these:
For down there: Spray Bottle, Witch Hazel Pad Liners, & Foam
For down there: Ice Packs & Undies
For the boobies:
Alright, that about covers it! Did I scare ya? Hopefully not! The pain, swelling, and exhaustion is well worth the newborn cuddles and the insane amount of love that comes pouring out of you the second you meet your baby. Promise!
July 28th, 2016
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Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.