Gearing up to live my best postpartum life.
I was listening to a podcast recently on birth + postpartum and the guest mentioned before she had her second kiddo she decided to create a postpartum selfcare basket for herself in an attempt to make her second postpartum experience a bit easier for herself. She filled her basket with things like magazines, tea, etc. I always have loved the idea of having a self care basket and especially loved the idea of creating something similar just for postpartum.
All the items in the basket came from friends, friend’s recommendations or birth podcasts I’ve listened to. A lot of this stuff I was like, “i’m gonna need what?” But here we are lol
Here’s what I placed in my postpartum basket:
for the boobs
nursing bras + nursing tank tops
soothing gel nipple pads (for nipple relief)
nursing pads (for leaks)
booby tubes (you can freeze them for nipple relief. I’ve also heard frozen cabbage leaves are fabulous for this)
for my lower lady parts
witchhazel / Tucks cooling pads (for relief for any tearing that may have happened during delivery…clearly I’m hoping for a vaginal birth, but we’ll just see what happens)
pain relieving spray
angled peri bottle (because I hear you can’t wipe after baby comes)
sitz bath soak (for relief after pushing baby out)
pads (I hear there will be blood. Plus you’ll need something to help keep the witchhazel pads pressed against you)
stool softeners (I’ve heard pushing anything in that area will be off limits for a bit)
for my brain
A list of therapists and psychiatrists from my doctor in case I feel the need to talk to someone or get on medication after Raspberry comes.
Anything else you mom’s would recommend I pick up for me before Raspberry makes her debut?!
Maybe you’re not about to have a baby, but perhaps you’re in college and about to head into finals season, you’re a stay at home mom who is in need or self-care, or you’re about to start a new job and would like to create a specific self-care basket for those instances. Any self-care basket you think would be good to create for yourself? Or anything in particular you would want to put in your self-care basket?