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Getting ready for B-Day has been one of the most intense, but exhilarating experiences. In the process of getting ready, I wanted to make sure that postpartum care wasn’t forgotten. My lists have lists and those lists have lists! It is quite intense.
One of my lists was to gather all of the things that I might need postpartum when healing from BIG DAY when our Baby Bear makes his or her entrance in to the world. There were some stipulations when I started creating my list, though.
- I wanted everything to be natural or as natural as possible.
- I wanted to know I could safely nurse using the products
I started compiling my postpartum care kit weeks ago. I want to share with you the top ten things that made it in to my natural postpartum care kit.
- DIY Postpartum Soothing Momma Spray: I made a couple glass spray bottles of postpartum soothing spray with witch hazel and essential oils like frankincense and lavender. I have a bottle for the bathroom, next to the bed, and my purse in case we are out and I need some relief. Earth Mama Organics also has soothing perineal spray. When I bought it, it was called New Mama Bottom Spray. Since then they have changed the name to Herbal Perineal Spray. Both sprays, the DIY and the Earth Mama Organics will soothe the perineal area after childbirth.
- DIY Postpartum Pain Relief Padsicles: Padsicles are like an ice pack for your lady bits. They are cooling, pain relief pads that have natural ingredients like witch hazel and essential oils. I wrote a blog post with the instructions and also filmed a step by step tutorial on YouTube.
- Earth Mama Organics Organic Perineal Balm: There are no parabens or artificial fragrances in this balm which I love. Natural ingredients like witch hazel, peppermint, calendula, and lavender provide cooling relief. The perineal balm helps with soothing the perineal area. It is suggested that this balm be kept in the refrigerator, also.
- Earth Mama Organics Organic Nipple Butter: This nipple cream is made without petroleum, parabens, or lanolin. The ingredients are organic, all natural, and is safe for baby if there is some left behind when it is time for the next feeding. It helps soothe dry, cracked nipples that come from breast feeding. I am looking forward to this nipple butter because I am determined to make breastfeeding work. I have been told that the first several weeks can bring pain and discomfort. So I look forward to having all the tools on hand to help ease the discomfort.
- Earth Mama Organics Herbal Sitz Bath: These are herbal packs that look like big tea bags. I plan to use them in a warm bath or use them like padsicles to help soothe and heal. You pour hot water over them, put the pack in the fridge, and when they are cool use them like a cooling pack. The remaining liquid from when you pour water over the packs, can be used to put on pads and stored in the freezer.
- Reusable Cotton Breast Pads: I got myself two packs of these so far! They are organic cotton reusable breast pads that can help prevent leaks from happening.
- SheaMoisture Mommy and Me Firming Lotion: I received this SheaMoisture Mommy and Me gift pack as a gift before Baby arrives. I love the SheaMoisture brand. In fact, I registered for a ton of their Raw Shea Baby products for our little one. The Mommy and Me gift set came with a Mommy Firming Lotion that smells AMAZING and helps keep the skin moisturized!!! I loved it so much I bought another gift set just so I could have more of it with the bath products for baby.
SheaMoisture products have no parabens, petroleum, or mineral oil. I love that they are scented with essential oils and not synthetic fragrances.
- Placenta Pills: Okay, so you can’t just pick these up off of the shelf at Rite Aid. My Doula, Rosanne will be preparing placenta pills for me postpartum. Placenta encapsulation is the process of the placenta being steamed, dehydrated, ground and placed into pills. There are many benefits to ingesting the placenta after birth. Some benefits include increasing milk production, increase in CRH, a stress-reducing hormone, and a decrease in postpartum depression levels. There are many other benefits and perhaps that is a post for another day.
- Homeopathic Arnica: Arnica is a plant from the daisy family and has been used for centuries to help heal pain and bruising. Arnica can be used to reduce pain, trauma, street, and swelling after childbirth or C-section. Arnica can be purchased in a pill or topical form. I have decided to start with a topical cream ointment first (Arnicare Ointment) and see how it works before taking it orally. It can be used for things other than postpartum healing like arthritis pain, joint stiffness, and back and neck pain.
- Snacks and Frozen Meals: I say snacks because I think it is so important that a mother nourish her body while she is caring for her baby. I forget often to eat and my miracle baby hasn’t even arrived yet. I plan to keep lots of snacks and frozen meals on hand for when baby arrives. I have Lara Bars, the peanut butter cookie ones. Individual almond and trail mix packs and I have made lactation energy bites to keep in the fridge.
All of these things together make quite the involved kit. One of my anxieties is coming from not knowing what type of pain or discomfort is ahead of me. I took the time to research each of these products to help ease some of the anxiety of the unknown. The more prepared I feel, the better my anxiety is.
I also shared a video on YouTube sharing the items that are in my postpartum care kit. You can view that video here. While you are there, I would love it if you would subscribe to my YouTube channel!
What was in your own postpartum care kit? Was there anything you wish you would have had or anything you could have done without?