Take our advice: After labor and delivery, you’ll probably be too busy snuggling your newborn to think about anything else. Prepare for possible postbirth ailments by adding these items to your hospital bag.
1| Tucks Cooling Pads. It only makes sense after having a baby you may need some relief down below. These medicated miracle pads are made with witch hazel to soothe and protect irritated areas. Plenty of moms, including C-section mamas, experience hemorrhoids during pregnancy and after childbirth thanks to progesterone levels, constipation and pressure on the nether regions. Tucks Pads provide immediate relief from the burning and itching caused by these hemorrhoids, and after delivery, you may also experience pain and soreness in the perineal area. The soft, soothing pads comfort irritated tissue and are ideal for cleaning sensitive spots. Trust us ladies, add a big container to your shopping cart pronto! If you’ve been through this before, you know what we mean—if you haven’t, you soon will.
2| Breast therapy packs. Whether you’re getting the hang of nursing or feeling the effects of your milk coming in, chances are your girls are going to need a little TLC. Treat tenderness and engorgement in-between feeding sessions with a warm or cold pack that can stick with you through your breastfeeding journey.
3| Cleansing cloths. A shower may sound amazing, but the process of actually fitting one in can seem too daunting for a brand-new mom. Using a large body wipe for the days you skip the scrub will help reduce that grimy feeling while also eliminating the task of actually bathing. It may not be glamorous, but you’ll be glad you packed them in the long run.
4| Compression socks. Not only can recovery rooms be cold, but the swelling you experienced while pregnant may not go away immediately after delivery. Keep a pair of compression socks on hand for comfort, and don’t be afraid to splurge on ones you think are cute!
5| Stress-relieving oil roller. Smell has the power to create serenity and a sense of calm, both of which are ideal moods when trying to get to know your infant or ease into breastfeeding. Having a bottle of pure, naturally-derived essential oils to roll on your neck or back will be a go-to when in need of a peaceful moment. We suggest a lavender and cedarwood blend for balance, relaxation and overall wellness.
6| Snacks and more snacks. We know we aren’t the only ones who dreamt about their post-delivery meal, right? You are going to be hungry—maybe even hangry, so make sure to include a handful of yummy munchies to enjoy once given the clear to eat and drink (in case your hospital or birth center doesn’t have an all-night cafeteria, or the local restaurants aren’t open).
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