As a seasoned postpartum mama, I have a few things that are “must-haves” on my list after baby comes. Today I wanna share those things with you in case you are a soon-to-be postpartum mama or you know of someone who will be soon.
1. Herbal Teas
When it comes to drinking healthy drinks… you’re kinda limited. At our house, we typically drink water and raw milk, but I’m trying to get into the habit of keeping herbal teas around for us to enjoy throughout the day. After delivery, the following 3 teas are the ones you’ll find in this mamas fridge. Of course the whole family can benefit from the first tea, but the other 2 are for mama only!
Mama’s Red Raspberry Brew – A Bulk Herb Store blend that uses red raspberry leaf, alfalfa, nettle, and peppermint to nourish the female reproductive system. This blend is a must-have before and after birth.
Mama’s Milk Tea – Another Bulk Herb Store tea blend that helps support healthy breastfeeding. Not only does it help to add nourishment to your milk, but it helps increase milk production if that’s needed.
Feminine Balance Tea – A 90210 Organics blend that supports hormone regulation… something that is very needed after birth!
2. Herbal Sitz Bath Mix
I love herbal sitz baths! After birth, every mama could use the healing power of herbs found in sitz bath blends to help soothe the tissues, calm inflammation, promote healing, and decrease the chance of infection… you know where. You can use these blends as a normal sitz bath or if you’re like me, you can use them in your whole bath. I love to use these blends as a bath tea and just take some time away, all to myself, to soak in warm water and breath in the smell of the herbs.
3. Homemade Witch Hazel Pads
Much like using herbal sitz baths after delivery due to their soothing properties, witch hazel pads are great too. Witch hazel is an astringent and it helps to tighten tissues, decreasing swelling and pain. You can buy pre-made witch hazel pads or you can make your own like the one’s here.
4. Homeopathic Arnica Tabs
This is something new to me. In the past I’ve used arnica in my salves and creams, I’ve used arnica gel for sprained ankles, and I’ve used the homeopathic arnica tabs when needed as well. However, I’ve never used arnica after delivery… until this last baby.
I asked the mamas on the GUH Facebook page what I needed to get together for the postpartum period, and this was one of the suggestions. In fact, it was suggested that I take them consistently during labor as well to help decrease the chance of swelling after delivery. So I did, and I kept taking them for about 12 hours after delivery.
Did it work? Well I can tell you that I was back up and getting around the day after I had Ezrah which was much quicker than my other kiddos… so it must have helped. If we do have another baby, I’ll be sure to use this again!
5. Homemade Nipple Cream
Any nursing mama knows that some sort of cream or salve is needed in the first few weeks of breastfeeding… if not longer. This helps to not only protect the nipple from damage, but it also soothes and helps heal the skin if any cracking or blistering occur. I can personally say that the first few weeks of nursing are not my favorite. Sure I love nursing my babies, but it can be tough at first. This diy nipple cream from my friend Marillyn over at Just Make Noise is a life-saver. If you’d rather buy one pre-made, Motherlove’s Nipple Cream works well.
6. Breast Pump
The above must-have brings me to this one.
Seeing as how the first few weeks of nursing can be really rough, I can not make it without my breast pump. I can’t tell you what a relief it can be to have a break from nursing baby and instead pump milk for him to eat.
Not only does using a breast pump give you some relief from the pain of initial nursing, but it has other great uses too.
- It’s great to use if baby develops thrush as it keeps you and baby from spreading the yeast back and forth to each other, and it helps with the pain of having yeast on you while nursing. OUCH!!
- Another great use is that you and your man can go out on a date while baby spends some time with your mama or a trusted family member and still has breastmilk to drink instead of formula.
Breast pumps may not be for everyone, but this mama LOVES hers. I use a Medela pump, and it has lasted me through nursing each of my 4 boys. It’s been the best investment, in my opinion, and I would not go with out it. If you’re one of those mamas that toughs out the first few weeks of nursing, my hat is off to you girlfriend. You are a trouper!
7. Postpartum Belly Bands
Having a postpartum belly band is the last must-have for postpartum mamas on my list, and it serves two purposes after delivery.
- It helps in the correction of diastasis recti. Learn more about that and the therapy I endorse to correct it here.
- It helps slim down that postpartum mama body.
As you can imagine, both of these things are beneficial… to most mamas at least. Diastasis is a common during pregnancy and many exercises can make it worse or prevent it from healing. Belly bands and proper exercises can correct it. Again, read more about correcting diastasis here.
As far as belly bands go, there are MANY options out there. This is the one I have. It’s not too expensive, it doesn’t make you too hot, it’s not that noticeable under clothes, and it really feels like it gives you some good back and abdominal support too.