April 2017 Moms

Post Partum Self Care

I've seen people post things about making padsicles and gathering herbs for yourself after baby is here.  What all is on your list to have on hand?  Last time, my midwife gave me a good list to go from but not this time around and I feel scatter brained about it. 


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Re: Post Partum Self Care

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  • catem07catem07 member
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    Hmm I guess I need to explore this donut pillow thing. Any specific recommendations?
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  • @catem07 I wouldn't get one beforehand in case you don't need one... But you'll know if you want one post birth. These can be found at a drug store/Walmart. I sat on my boppy pillow as well to get some relief.
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  • As far as sitz baths go, I just took a shallow bath twice a day with herbs in it, as my midwife recommended.  I can't say if it sped up my healing but it was relaxing and helped me feel a bit more human (post partum down there issues were just awful for me). 
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  • Thanks guys for all the feedback. I bought a big thing of Witch Hazel and will use that like no other!

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  • Oh and my placenta pills. That's it.

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  • Besides pads for after I got home and nipple cream, I didn't buy anything last time. The hospital did send me home with the numbing spray and offered stool softeners and padcicles.
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  • ebloom3 said:
    Before you buy tons of stuff, check out what your hospital offers. I got ice pack pads, big pads, mesh panties, dermoplast, witch hazel pads, a peri bottle, etc...I also brought it all home. I used the peri bottle the most. I didn't need the ice pack pads after a few days (maybe 2-3).
    Yes I got all this too!

    DD1 born 5/24/10.

    Missed M/C at 14 wks Feb 2012.

    DD2 born 5/14/13.

    Missed M/C at 9 wks July 2015.

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  • dam0ne4dam0ne4 member
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    I plan on taking all the things from the hospital again - I loved those mesh undies.  I have so many nursing pads and nipple cream.  I do need to get a couple more nipple shields

    I used ice packs in the hospital, but didn't need them at home.

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  • I should have put in my original post that I'm planning a homebirth so I can't stock up at the hospital :)  Thanks all for the ideas, I've added a bunch to my Amazon cart!
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    #2 expected 4/25/17
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  • ebloom3ebloom3 member
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    Can I ask- do padsicles get gross after awhile? Like wet and yucky against your lady parts? I didn't use them before, just the hospital ice pack pads. 

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  • @ebloom3 I never thought so. I didn't make fancy ones like those described above, just witch hazel, but you don't soak them all the way before freezing so they still absorb. I was so tender though...I couldn't stand a regular pad at all because it chafed. 
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  • ebloom3ebloom3 member
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    @cafedisco Thanks! I feel like that might be the better route for me. I wasn't entirely sure about all of the things on it...

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  • catem07catem07 member
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    edited March 14
    @ebloom3 I've read that you don't wear them for as long as you'd wear a regular pad--maybe just an hour or so before switching to regular, then trying another padsicle a few hours later, etc 
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  • May be a stupid question but what kind of pads should I stock up on?  I wasn't sure how big/thick


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    Thanks! I would have left them on longer and had a soggy mess. 

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  • catem07catem07 member
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    edited March 14
    Edited because I misread @aboxofchocolates' question.

    I got the super heavy pads and regular sized pads to wear as things taper down. I have lots of liners from being pregnant. I'm also planning on wearing the underwear I have now (though I did buy a pack of cheap briefs a size too big for the first couple of weeks), then tossing it all once the bleeding is done and treating myself to new stuff.
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  • @aboxofchocolates I would start with a smaller pack of overnight/heavy flow pads- assuming you will be able to bring some home from the hospital. The bleeding will gradually decrease, so I had to go out and get smaller sized pads later on, so maybe another small box of medium flow, and then liners. 
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  • May be a stupid question but what kind of pads should I stock up on?  I wasn't sure how big/thick
    Gigantic :)  Really, I preferred a long overnight/super. I bled for longer than most and needed that size for about 6 weeks, but as long as you have one pack, that should be enough to start out with. 
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  • ebloom3ebloom3 member
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    I also bled for like 6 weeks after having DS and wore bigger overnight/super pads for a pretty long time. It was thrilling.

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  • May be a stupid question but what kind of pads should I stock up on?  I wasn't sure how big/thick
    The overnight kind that are super absorbent and have the wrap around tabs. 

    DD1 born 5/24/10.

    Missed M/C at 14 wks Feb 2012.

    DD2 born 5/14/13.

    Missed M/C at 9 wks July 2015.

    Expecting someone new 4/17/17.
    KirstinH88
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  • HGRichHGRich member
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  • @Virginialeigh Hahaha. I would text back and ask if I needed a spray too. 
    @ebloom3 If making the padcicles with essential oils, I just do a light spritz so they are still absorbent. Mine never became "soggy" but, I'm not the type to let a pad linger. I hate wearing them but, for that 1st pp weekend, they are nice. 
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  • @aboxofchocolates I only ever used Always Infinity pads, the super absorbent ones. Well, for about the first week I mostly wore adult diapers and then for a little bit longer I wore them at night so I didn't have to worry about leaking all over the bed. I bled for about 4 weeks though, and the last 3ish weeks I wore the Infinity pads. I just bought a huge box, and am planning on doing the same. They are nice because they aren't mega thick and don't feel like you are wearing a diaper. 

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