I am so so happy that I had so many mama friends fill me in on prepping properly for postpartum. So much attention is put on pregnancy, then very little is shared on what to do / use, etc during your postpartum journey. Here are 5 new mama must-haves that I found so helpful as a new mom!
1. claraderm spray
Whether you deliver vaginally or via c-section, this was incredible for my healing! I delivered vaginally and had a 2nd degree tear. When I went to the bathroom I’d use Dermoplast spray, after I’d spritz Claraderm all over the area. It’s a combo of: coconut oil, Myrrh, Tea tree, Lavender, Frankincense, Roman chamomile, and Helichrysum essential oils! Such amazing, natural ingredients to support in healing. If you have a c-section you can spray it around the area for healing.
2. silverette nursing cups
These were a game change, especially if you plan on nursing! When first learning to nurse, it’s challenging! Our nipples can be very sore, sometimes cracked, swollen, and just over all painful. After I nursed Sage, I’d put rose ointment on them, then would place silverettes on. They helped the discomfort soooo so much, and I couldn’t even tell that they were on, so comfortable! It’s recommended to wear them when first nursing until you no longer feel pain.
From the company: “Silver – a naturally antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial metal – contains potent anti-inflammatory properties that can be used to heal and prevent cuts, cracks, soreness, wounds, and infections.”
You need these. Your nipples will thank you, trust me.
This is a MUST for nursing mamas! I collected and saved so much milk with this. It’s made of a single piece of 100% silicone. When I had let-down, I’d put them on my breasts to collect the milk. When I was nursing I’d put it on the boob I wasn’t nursing on. I brought it with me everywhere. It was so so helpful, and saved so much liquid gold!
4. comfortable robe
I lived in these for the first month or so. Anything that was super cozy, easy to open up, or pull down for easy access to breastfeed. I didn’t love the nursing tanks or anything tight-fitting. Not only were they painful and uncomfortable, I learned that tight fitting bras and shirts can actually lessen your supply by blocking your milk flow!
Here are a few of my favorite options:
5. padsicles / sitz baths
These feel AMAZING!!! So so soothing and cooling to your lady bits. I had purchased ice pack pads, but found that padsicles were much more comfortable. (TIP: size up on a few pairs of underwear to fit these)
HOW TO MAKE PADSICLES:
- Lightly spread aloe vera gel on chlorine free pads (leave all the plastic covering on the pads so they stick to your underwear when you take them out).
- Lightly spray a mixture of alcohol-free witch hazel & 20 drops of lavender on each pad (grab high quality lavender here)
- Fold the pad back up and place in a freezer bag
- Place in the freezer until time of use!
Just a tip—spray some Claraderm on the pad or directly on your bottom right before use. Feel amazing, especially if you had any tearing or hemorrhoids.
The sitz bath you can make on your own as well, but I purchased mine here. Every night I would soak in a sitz bath for 20 minutes. It was relaxing, and felt incredible. The sitz bath also has a ton of healing properties for your vagina!
Have a happy postpartum, mama!!!
Oh and be sure to check out my skincare guide for busy moms here!