Britta is a former radiologic technologist and current stay-at-home mom who enjoys writing about parenting and raising her sweet daughter.
Essential Items Every Mom Should Have After Giving Birth
When I learned I was pregnant the article searching immediately commenced—hours spent googling pregnancy, labor, delivery, and so on. The disappointing moment came when I discovered that the bulk of pregnancy info comes from message boards that urge you to sign up and join, which I had no interest in doing. My main concern was the big one: labor and delivery. Every women who has ever carried the burden and blessing of growing a new human has spent hours dissecting every thought and worry regarding giving birth; what we ignore is that we keep on living AFTER it happens!
I have compiled a list of items that I was so thankful I had, and some items that I kick myself for not having, which I will certainly keep on hand for the next go around. (You will be provided with some essentials to take home, so I have left those out.)
Yes my pregnant friends, undies are KEY. I am not talking about a simple bikini cut; the most important thing here is sheer size. These are the underwear that are unable to squeeze into a snug pair of denim, the pair you wore each month for our least favorite week (which may have been long ago, a distant memory I know). Consider the number of those that lay untouched in your drawer and double the amount.
You will thank me later.
One thing I made sure to do after scouring all the baby message boards was go to the nearest grocery store and stock up on overnight pads. Similar to the undies, the largest and comfiest you can find, these will be a lifesaver to you in the recovering weeks as the last thing you want to do is crawl off of your couch with an infant connected to your breast. You can opt to send your partner, but chances are Murphy's Law may prevail and they will grab an inadequate type.
#3 Stool Softeners
Yes, touchy subject I know. Chances are if you have a vaginal delivery the last thing on your mind is evacuation of your bowels but it is vital to your comfort in the coming weeks. Always check with your doctor before taking medicine but this is commonly used after delivery, and if you request the hospital will provide you with this the for days after you give birth.
# 4 Nipple Cream
This is another item you will kick yourself for not having around before your baby's big exit. If you choose to breastfeed, this is considered liquid gold to some for the first few weeks. Chaffing, bleeding and cracks are common and a cream will soften the blow of painful nursing. I recommend the Medela brand although any brand you find should do you some good.
This one may be the most important thing on the list I have created.
This is where binging seven seasons of that television show you've been dying to try comes into play. Whether it be Netflix, HBO, or a good book (make that ten). This is for your own sanity as you have been told I'm sure, sleep is hard to come by in the first few weeks, not for your baby but for YOU. For the majority, babies have no trouble sleeping in the early days; the problem is that they find it is time to drift off when you are at your most alert. This leaves you sore, bored, exhausted, yet wide awake. For these frustrating yet somewhat blissful moments of sweet peace unless you can force yourself into some sort of half awake nap, you will need entertainment. This was essential to me feeling like a normal human being the first few weeks of my daughters life, I watched every episode of Sex and the City and every second of it was necessary to my mental and physical recovery.
Healthy, fatty or calorie filled are you deserving of it, let's not forget you just pushed a human out of your body and onto this earth after building one from scratch! Also for breastfeeding moms, you may be simply starving as it is, as with each nursing session you are burning loads of calories which will result in undying hunger from the deepest portions of your stomach.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.