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Pregnancy, childbirth and now…postpartum.
You’re shocked, excited crying tears of joy, answering and replying to everyone’s well wishes, feeding your baby, exhausted, stuffing your face after hours of no food…
As if carrying this little beauty around for 9 long months wasn’t uncomfortable enough, it doesn’t end there. Say hello to postpartum’s ugly face.
Just because you’re a crunchy mom- doesn’t mean you still can’t be comfortable during your healing and postpartum period.
I get it, trust me. I’ve been there, three times. Although, each time it’s gotten a little easier because I already knew exactly what would help me through that postpartum period.
I’ve compiled a list of my favorite crunchy mom postpartum essentials below.
Cloth pads– I can’t stress my love for cloth pads enough! I discovered cloth pads a few years back after ridding my life of chemicals and unnecessary waste. Your everyday mainstream pads and tampons are ridden with chemicals and can cause a scary thing called Toxic Shock Syndrome. Play it safe and go with the cloth. So comfortable…and cute!
Coconut oil– I’ve tried numerous nipple creams and balms during my breastfeeding journeys with each baby. Nothing I’ve tried has even come to close to my absolute, completely natural favorite. Plus I don’t have to worry about the baby ingesting any sort of weird artificial filler or flavor. Always try to find an organic, cold-pressed and unrefined organic option.
Prenatal vitamins– You’re going to need all the energy and nutrients you can get during this time. Be sure to continue to take your prenatals even after giving birth. This is a product where you get what you pay for. You want to be sure your vitamins are organic and without fillers. A Food based vitamin is always best.
Peri bottle– ah, one of my absolute favorites. For the first few weeks “sore” doesn’t even begin to describe the feeling after delivering a human being. The Peri bottle is essentially how you’ll want to clean “the goods” until you’re healed and help ease the sting of urination for the first couple weeks.
Witch Hazel– A total lifesaver! Witch Hazel is a natural herbal remedy that reduces inflammation. After childbirth there is plenty of inflammation going on down there!
Water bottle– if you’re like me, you don’t drink enough water. The postpartum time is a vital time for you to consume all of your recommended water. Especially if you’re breastfeeding! I like a bottle with a straw. For some reason I always find it easiest to drink when I have a straw.
Reusable nursing pads– “You’re uh…leaking”. I’ve been told this plenty of times before by my lovely husband. I’ve spend way too much money and waste using disposable nursing pads. I fell in love with these organic nursing pads. So much more comfortable too!
Comfortable underwear – Another absolute necessity for me. Underwear is one thing I can’t skimp on- I’m a bit of an underwear snob. These are high quality underwear that’ll accommodate the postpartum period.
Nursing bra– I have to admit, this is one I never thought I had the need for. I thought a bra was a bra. WRONG! It wasn’t until my last pregnancy that I discovered my love for an actual nursing bra. Holy comfortable! My favorite is the sleeping bra- I wear it all day long. Full Boobs and an underwire just don’t mix for me.
Snacks– Do I even need to elaborate on this one? No one likes a hangry mama! One of my ultimate favorites was lactation cookies. These allowed me the opportunity to feed the beast all the while maintaining and increasing my milk supply. Don’t forget the water!
Heating pad– The postpartum cramps are no joke and with my experience the postpartum cramps only get worse with each consecutive baby. My heating pad and I were best friends during those first few weeks not only for cramps but back pain and breast stimulation to get the milk flowing.
Comfortable clothes– Seriously, don’t make it anymore difficult than it has to be. Yoga pants and easy access shirts for the win! Pants with a higher rise waist was always most comfortable for me as it kind of “tucks” that little bit of extra skin you may have. I personally breastfed my babies so a shirt with built in boob access was a godsend.
Do you have a favorite crunchy mom postpartum essential? Let us know!