Hi all! On to week 2 of our Product Spotlight Mom Series: last week we shared products for labor and hospital bags, and next week we'll look way ahead to nursing clothing and bras, but this week let's focus on the immediate aftermath of birth: postpartum mama needs!
As I said last week, at this point in our community I know we've discussed these topics before, but it's useful to have all the links in one place in our Product Spotlight spreadsheet for quick bleary-eyed reference to, e.g., recommended nipple cream, so even if you've thrown out recommendations before I'd like to invite everyone to share again what products and methods were life savers for the postpartum period! I know the most important resource is impossible to get (SLEEP!) but second to that, what made your life just a little easier during that whirlwind time?
First and foremost, how did you cope with the physical care of your delicate bits after birth? For many of us the hospital will supply a lot of products, but it's still useful to discuss in this space 1) so that FTM know what to expect, and 2) mamas giving birth somewhere other than a mainstream US hospital (birthing centers, home births, European mamas) can use as reference. So tell me all about your mesh panties, your peri bottles, your Dermoplast, your witch hazel pads, your Depends, your "cold" pads, your regular long pads for weeks 2-6, your sitz baths, your stool softeners! For CS mamas, please share tips on caring for incision sites!
How about other parts of your body? How did you deal with your poor nipples during early nursing? And your own hygiene and grooming in the rare instances you could pay attention to such things--did you use quick and convenient face-cleansing cloths? Dry shampoo? Did you switch out your deodorant because of hormonal changes?
Did you have special postpartum outfits? Robes or pajamas or lounge clothing that made you feel comfortable but not too sloppy? How about belly binders, or specific post-birth support garments? Postpartum accessories like little pillows to sit on? Did you eat or consume anything particular to this period, like milk-production-boosting snacks like oat cookies or supplements like fenugreek or particular medications to help with cramping? Or recommendations for quick, convenient high-impact protein snacks to keep your energy and calories up for recovery and (if applicable) getting that nursing flow going? Please share!
Me: 36, DH 38 MFI: somewhat short-lived sperm, otherwise unexplained 2012-2016: TTC #1 2015-2016: 5 negative IUIs August 2016: IVF with ICSI: 13 day-5 blasts, non-PGS tested BFP on fresh transfer, DD born May 2017 FET #1 planned for January 2019, but surprise BFP December 2018: EDD August 2019