Carrie Kinnison, Maternity Coach
Here’s the truth: most moms are so focused on the actual birth process and being
prepared to meet their new baby’s needs, that they never stop to consider what they
might need after birth.
Whether you are a first-time mom or a seasoned veteran, stocking a postpartum
care kit is one of the best ways you can prepare to be kind to yourself during your
recovery! There is a shift that occurs when we invest in ourselves like this, that
tells us we are strong, powerful, and worth believing in. This makes the birth
process itself easier and more enjoyable, and prepares us to mother from a more
If you are early enough in your pregnancy, you might want to add some of these
items to your registry!
1. Booby Tubes by Earth Mama Angel Baby
Your breasts will dramatically change in the days following birth. Within 3-4 days
after birth, your baby’s suckling will trigger the flow of mature milk, which could
bring with it over-engorgement, swollen skin, and pain around the nipple area.
That is where Booby Tubes come in! These flexible organic cotton tubes filled
with flax seed are made to be heated up or cooled in the freezer.
When cold, they provide excellent relief for sore nipples, and are an ah-mazing
alternative to gel breast packs which can sweat through your clothes. And unlike
ice packs or gel packs, Booby Tubes remain flexible and malleable even when
cooled. If you do decide to freeze them, I recommend putting them inside a Ziploc
bag, so that they do not assume the odors of the freezer meals you've prepared
before baby! If you do use them cooled, it is best to warm them up and apply them
again afterward, so you are not blocking the flow of milk by staying too cool.
When warm, Booby Tubes help release milk and stimulate production.
But the best thing about Booby Tubes? They are one-size fits all, and can be
twisted and manipulated for any size woman.
2. Peri Bottle
Childbirth changes things. Simple everyday activities like
sitting and walking are suddenly monumental tasks. Going
to the bathroom? Yea, you want to be prepared!
Toilet paper can further irritate sensitive skin after birth,
so you will want to make sure you have a peri bottle handy
A peri bottle is essentially a squirt bottle that you use as a
substitute for toilet paper after birth. As a tip, cold water
can sting sensitive skin so be sure to fill your peri bottle
with warm water each time you use the restroom.
3. Maxi Pads
During pregnancy, your blood volume increases by about
50%, and discharging that extra blood postpartum is
completely normal. Breastfeeding stimulates the release of
oxytocin that helps the uterus contract and expel this extra
blood, called lochia.
Your hospital will send you home with some pads to get
you through the first few days, but make sure you stock up
yourself as well.
The bleeding period can last up to 4 weeks, and will be
heavy at first, tapering off toward the end just like a
normal period. How many do you need? I’d recommend
having about 200 maxi pads on hand.
4. Tuck’s Pads/Witch Hazel Pads
After birth, your perineal muscles are going to be sore. Tuck’s pads provide
cooling relief to this stretch, irritated skin. To use Tuck’s, simply line your pad
with four or five pads. Just replace them again when you discard your pad. Your
hospital may offer you a package of these during your recovery stay.
5. Heating Pad
The small mini-contractions your uterus makes in the weeks following birth may
feel like subtle labor pains. To ease the discomfort, drape a cloth-covered heating
pad across your abdomen and set it to medium heat. Some moms will find relief
from heat on the lower back area as well. Figure out what works for you, but you
will definitely want to have a heating pad handy!
6. Nourishment: Water Bottle; Hand Held Snacks
If you’re experiencing cracked lips or dry, itchy skin, you are not alone mama!
Medication, breastfeeding, and hormonal shifts after delivery can all cause severe
postpartum dehydration. It is vital to have a few large water bottles—preferably
with a flexi-straw—hanging around. Your hospital nurses will probably send you
home with several.
It is recommended that moms in early weeks of postpartum drink at least 10 large
glasses of water daily. As long as you are sipping water continuously throughout
the day, you should be getting enough. If you’re not sure, just take a peek the next
time you use the restroom. Urine should be faint yellow to clear.
Now, let’s talk food! You’ll want to prepare some meals and snacks that are easy
to eat with one hand. That way, you don’t have to interrupt snuggle time to refuel.
Some yummy options include: egg & cheese English muffins, protein pancakes,
mini meatloaves, black bean burgers, and cut up fruit, veggies, and cheese. Pay
special attention to foods that pack a lot of calcium and iron!
Now, with these essentials in place, I encourage you to take the next step and
personalize your kit. Recovery can be a confusing time. You’ll want to supplement
your postpartum care kit with personalized items that remind you of who you are.
Some ideas to include are:
- Photos from a time you felt the most “you”
- Affirmation cards
- A list of songs that will lift you up
- A list of people who have agreed to offer emotional support
The postpartum period is a vital time of recovery, growth, and—most
significantly—redefinition for new moms. By preparing this special kit for
yourself, you’ll be setting yourself up to care for your new family in the most
balanced way possible. Congratulations, mama!
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The information contained in this article is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for the advice of your physician or licensed health care provider. You should consult your physician or licensed health care provider before engaging in any exercise activity described in this article to determine if it is right for your needs.