Ok here is the warning:
If you are a man you want to stop reading right here.
If you are pregnant, I encourage you to read this but don’t freak out.
And if you have already had children, please comment and let us know your tips and tricks for getting through the first few weeks after delivery!
The healing process after a vaginal delivery is interesting. I am thankful to have had women who told me the honest truth about what to expect after delivery. Here are the things that saved my butt.. Um I mean my “hoo ha”.
The hospital gave me one, it was a plastic bottle with a sports top. You fill it with warm water and spray off your lady parts after you go to the bathroom. Sounds crazy but it is a God send? It helped me feel clean and it was soothing. Plus, you can’t-and won’t want to- wipe.
Oh these heavenly little witch hazel pads! They help soothe and heal your incision or tear. If you are one of those lucky women with a perfectly in tact perenium, well I’d assume these still would help the swelling and pain.
I took this like clockwork for the first week. I was extremely sore and achey all over and I had after pains while I nursed so taking it every 6 hours helped tremendously.
You don’t want to push again. Enough said.
I have a boppy. It definitely helped in the beginning while we were getting the hang of nursing.
This is numbing spray that you just spray all over your lady parts after you use your wonderful peri-bottle. This eased the pain of my stitches like you wouldn’t believe!
You will ruin panties. Do yourself a favor and buy a pack of ugly, big granny panties in a size a bit bigger for the first few weeks. I even had a full bag of Victoria’s Secret pretty panties waiting for me once the postpartum bleeding was done!
At the hospital I used lanolin, which is safe for baby. Although, baby G always made a funny face when he tasted it. You can use anything you choose, coconut oil is a good natural option. Just be sure to be diligent in applying it after every feeding and even in between feedings if you can remember!
Newborn sleep gowns
They look silly on baby boys but I swear by these little gowns! The bottom is just elastic and it makes all the middle of the night diaper changes so easy!
A good meal and tons of water
It is so hard to remember to feed yourself while feeding your newborn so often. Not to mention you need extra hands that you don’t have! But make it a priority to eat good meals and drink a ton of water. It makes all the difference in how you feel and is so important for your milk production.
Don’t let this scare you! I was feeling pretty good again by two weeks and it truly gets better each day. Plus you get such an amazing gift!