Right before I delivered Isaiah, I wrote a blog post (here) sharing all of the natural postpartum care things that I had gathered to use after my little rainbow baby arrived. I knew at the time that I had NO CLUE what I was doing and knew experience would be the only true test to see if I ACTUALLY used the products I was sharing.
I am here to say I did use them AND there are some I loved more than others. There are also a few things I added along the road to recovery!
I want to add, too. There are a lot of things people don’t really tell you about the postpartum road. I’m talking like, we kind of UNDER emphasize the hemmeroids thing (yep, I said it!) and no one really explains it will actually feel like a semi truck hit your body. I should have known though. People would say “oh you forget about the pain once the baby is in your arms!” It’s true, totally true, however I feel like I wasn’t prepared to how uncomfortable it is. Don’t fret though, there were so many things I used that helped ease the discomfort, aches, and pains.
Let me share!
1. Earth Mama Organics
I made several purchases from Earth Mama Organics because their products are made with natural ingredients. My absolute FAVORITE product was the Earth Mama Organics Organic Perineal Balm. I LOVE THIS STUFF! I didn’t use it right away because I was way too scared to tough ANYTHING down there, but as the areas where I had stitches were healing this stuff was like cooling magic! I think every Momma should have this ready to go.
I also purchased and used the Herbal Perineal Spray which was previously called New Mama Bottom Spray. I am still using it at 6 weeks postpartum. As a first time mom, I really didn’t think about how delicate I would have to be when I got home. I loved this spray because it helped with the discomfort, but it also made me feel clean. I also used my own DIY version (here) of the spray, which had a little bit more cooling effect. The cooling feeling helped take the sting out of things.
I honestly was impressed with the Earth Mama Organics Organic Nipple Butter. I had a really difficult time in the beginning nursing Isaiah. I called the first 4 weeks the meat grinder phase! I felt like the nipple butter burned a little bit where I was bleeding. I ended up using and really liking Lansinoh Lanolin Cream. Warning:: It is not a product you want to glob on. A thin layer is really all you need and the best so your nipples can air out. I plan to write a post sharing my 6 week journey so far nursing Isaiah. It really has been a JOURNEY!
ps… I shared more about my breastfeeding journey here.
If you are still in your pregnancy journey, I highly recommend you make yourself some Postpartum Pain Relief Padsicles. These were AMAZING once I got home. The hospital did give me some ice pack pads. You kind of broke them like a glow stick and they got cold. However, I felt like the padsicles helped with soothing the irritation. The witch hazel and lavender helped a lot. They are definitely worth the few minutes it takes to put these guys together. I had originally said in my post that you might want to sit on a towel. I did not have any problems with them leaking, but still you can use caution the first time or two you use them.
3. Postpartum Hemmeroids Are No Joke
If real talk bothers you, keep scrolling. Y’ALL!!! Apparently some women don’t get them, but I feel like maybe no one wants to REALLY talk about this topic. I felt totally blindsided by this, guys. I mean it makes total sense, 9 pound baby + gravity + pushing = hemmeroids… But I really didn’t even think about it nor was I warned really. I don’t blame anyone either, it is SUPER uncomfortable to say and even write H-E-M-M-E-R-O-I-D-S.
Relief came from two things for me, Homeopathic Arnica Ointment and Coconut Oil. Yeah, the witch hazel pads the hospital gave me were meeeeh, but the arnica really helped a girl out with the pain. I just had to put in on a tissue and swipe it on. ( I CANNOT BELIEVE I AM SHARING THIS!) After much googling, I found that the coconut oil would help reduce any inflammation and swelling. This article gives 5 different ways you can use coconut oil for hemmeroids. The Earth Mama Organics Organic Perineal Balm was helpful, also.
Okay, now that we are past that!
4. Postpartum Belly
My first true shower felt amazing postpartum! I had taken one at the hospital, but it was more like a wipe down. I was having a really difficult time standing because of a weak core. One of the things that made me feel like a human was the SheaMoisture Mommy and Me Firming Lotion. The smell is AMAZING, but the firming properties in it I think are helping me on the road to recovery. I have loose skin, but I also have quite a few deep stretch marks that appeared after my big belly deflated. At first they were purple and I was devastated. I thought (selfishly) that I was ruined. 6 weeks later though they are fading.
I added in Vital Proteins Collage Peptides to help aid my skin in recovering from the stretch marks. Collagen provides your skin with flexibility and elasticity. If you are still pregnant, I highly recommend you look in to taking collagen now. I had no idea that it would actually help prevent stretch marks from happening. I also read that exfoliation helps to fade marks by promoting skin regrowth.
5. Postpartum Comfort
Some of the other things that I really found helpful and comforting were having new PJs at the hospital. I had purchased some new PJs from Costco that had a button down top and drawstring waist band. Putting those on after the
shower wipe down at the hospital felt amazing. The most comfortable nursing bra for at home was the Lamaze Cotton Spandex Bra. I recommend going up one size bigger than you are used to.
Also, if you plan on nursing I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend purchasing two Silcone Handsfree Breast Pumps. This is the one I used. I started with one and ended up buying a second. I plan on doing a whole post on this topic, but for now I will share an article (here) I read from someone using the Haaka Pump.
It is my humble opinion that you don’t need the more expensive Haaka Pump, but I have never used one so it could be better. BUT the one that I have (here) works wonderfully and I have saved and frozen a TON of milk for Isaiah just from this hands free pump. I use the Nuk Storage Bags to freeze milk I have collected or pump.
More of my breastfeeding journey thus far is shared in this post here!
Rounding Out the Essentials
There you have it, those are the essentials. I’ve heard a lot of women say it took months to feel like themselves again. I can honestly say it only took a week or two to really feel like myself. The biggest thing was just recovering my core so I could stand upright without feeling like I needed to lean over.
I kept a decent diet, plenty of water, continued my prenatal vitamins, Vitamin D, and Vitamin C as soon as I got home. I also had my placenta encapsulated by my amazing doula. Placenta consumption has mixed reviews, but for me I feel like it made a HUGE difference for me emotionally. On days where I was feeling wheepy, I could usually pin point it back to that I had forgotten to take my placenta pills.
To each their own, but for me my Doula and Placenta Encapsulation played a big role in my journey.
I hope you found this list honest and helpful! Please comment below if I missed any necessities or if you had a different experience with any of these products!