It’s so easy to get carried away when you’re packing your hospital bags, you always get baby’s things ready before your own and you’re never able to pack exactly what you need. I always found myself just throwing everything in. After 2 babies, and now getting ready for my third, I feel like I know what items have benefited me the most during postpartum. So here’s my list of the top 5 essentials.
1.Sanitary/maternity pads Personally, I found maternity pads rubbish. I leaked through them constantly and I hated that they didn’t have wings, the only plus I found was that they were super thick which helped to cushion my episiotomy cut while it healed, well just a little bit it was still super sore. I found the Always Maxi Long Plus pads, with wings, were amazing. They were the only pad I used after the birth of Joshua, until I could switch to a regular pad when the bleeding had calmed down. I loved that they were individually packaged too which made changing and disposal a lot easier and more discreet!
2. Big, black knickers I recommend going at least 2 sizes up so that they can cover the sanitary pad. Black so that they hide the mess a bit more than light coloured knickers. The bigger the better, also the more comfortable they’ll be!
3. Super comfortable pyjamas I lived in pyjama bottoms for the first couple of weeks (unless we were going out of course) as they were the most comfortable clothing I owned. I bought some in a size bigger than I normally would, so that they were looser, and I bought vest style pyjama tops to go with them. If you’re breastfeeding it makes it easier, but I found with all the hormones surging around I was having hot flushes, even in the winter with Keira, so it was nice to have something loose fitting and cool.
4. Stool softener That first bowel movement after having a baby certainly isn’t the most pleasant and it can be quite difficult so a stool softener can help a lot! I used Senokot tablets (I’m not sure if these can be purchase abroad) but they really helped me with that first bowel movement. (These can’t be used while breastfeeding but you can use Lactulose.)
5. A luxurious body wash/cream Once baby is born all attention diverts to that precious little bundle, but we mustn’t forget to look after ourselves. A good suggestion once given to me was to purchase a yummy smelling, luxurious body wash and cream for that first shower you have, something to use during that first bit of “me” time. It’ll make you feel lovely and you’ll smell even better! There’s nothing better than that after shower fresh feeling!
So that’s my top 5 essentials, the birth of a baby is such a special but we mustn’t forget to take care of ourselves too! There are plenty more good essentials that you’ll need but I didn’t want to make this one sided, so depending on how you decide to feed baby will depend on what other essentials you’d need.
What were your top postpartum products?