|Postpartum Care Thread||
Please post your tips, tricks, and advice here for dealing with postpartum issues including physical, mental, and emotional well-being for mommies!
Note: I am speaking from the p.o.v. of having a vaginal delivery. Please PLEASE chime in with c-section comforts and cures as well!
I just delivered our first one week ago tonight and realized how unprepared I was for recovery! I had read lots and lots about pregnancy and birth, but kind of didn't prepare myself for what was to come after regarding the healing process, etc. Some of my must haves I wanted to share are:
Ice pads: pour witch hazel onto a sanitary pad (without wings), cut into thirds, wrap each third in gauze and freeze. Makes a wonderful soother for the business end of things once you get home and are healing. The nurses in my hospital brought me these upon request whenever I wanted and they were such a godsend.
Witch hazel pads: think hemorrhoid pads, i.e Tucks. Helps all parts down there!
Dermaplast spray: contains aloe, lanolin, and menthol, sprays upside down, gives a bit of cooling relief to your parts that feel like they're on fire. My nurses advised me not to use more than 4x a day but I haven't read that anywhere...seriously great stuff.
Once home, let yourself "air out" once or twice a day! Keeping a pad on all the time is no bueno! Take everything off and hang out in the breeze so your parts can have a break. Also, after showering or cleansing, break out the blow dryer and make sure your business is dry! (Do not use the hot setting! Warm is most helpful!)
Get one of those doughnut things to sit on. You will have lots of visitors (if you choose to let them in) and sitting is hard for the first few days! However, don't sit on the doughnut or upright for too long; I overdid it the third day and really paid for it the fourth which actually prompted me to start this thread!
Let your partner do EVERYTHING. Call in reinforcements. Take full advantage of this time to rest, rest, rest. Aside from taking care of your baby (or babies! in the case of multiples!) you need to assume no other responsibilities! I was up trying to water the garden, take the dog out, do laundry, etc. while my mother and husband ran to the store for me...big mistake. Never been so sore in my life the day after! Just take it easy!