New Mom Checklist: Self Care For Postpartum Recovery
New Mom Checklist: What to get before your due date for Self Care
There are many baby checklists to help you prepare for baby’s arrival - but how do you prepare for being a new mom? What items do you require to get you through the 3rd trimester, labor and delivery and the postpartum period?
Some of these items will be beneficial for you and Baby, but mostly I wanted to focus on you, Mom, because you are so important! You have to take care of yourself so that you feel able to care for your new amazing little baby!
As a Mom of a Toddler and currently pregnant with our second (Woohoo!), these are the items I will be stocking up on from my own labor and delivery experience!
I suggest having these items at home by the time you pack your hospital bag. Trust me, you will be very happy you prepped for self care after you’re home from the hospital!
1. Breast Pads
Some women can experience leaky breasts during their pregnancy, in which case you should already have a big box of breast pads in your bathroom cupboard. However if you are a new mom, most likely your milk will come in once baby is born.
When your milk does come in, it will leak throughout the day, but especially right after a breast feeding session. Definitely make sure you have enough breast pads to change them every 2 to 3 hours, or when they become damp.
2. Breast Pump
A quality breast pump can help you, Mom, in many ways.
Assist with your milk coming in if you are slow to produce after childbirth
Decrease breast engorement pain if, say your baby only feeds off of one breast during a session and you need to pump the other for relief
Allows you to store your milk in the fridge or freezer so you can take that much deserved break while your partner takes over Mom-ing for awhile
You can choose to purchase a new breast pump, borrow one from a friend and only purchase new attachments, or rent one. In my experience, renting a Medela double electric breast pump was more cost effective then buying a new one. As a first time mom, I did not know how long I could breast feed for, so being able to return the device one I was done using it came in handy. You can rent the Madela at Toys R Us.
3. Sitz Bath
Buy one! Seriously, right now, open a new tab and order a sitz bath. These are miracle inventions that have been around a long time, and help you heal and stay clean after vaginal delivery.
During my delivery, I received stitches top to bottom, inside and outside. As a walking pin cushion with a new baby to take care of, I did not think about self care. That was until I could no longer walk from the pain.
This may be TMI but an amazing nurse recommended a sitz bath with regular Epsom salts. I took my first sitz bath and the stuff that came out of me was amazing. It cleaned my stitches, removed the clotted blood and felt SO good.
A sitz bath looks like this: