Postpartum Tips You Can’t Pass Up!

by | January 16, 2018

We work so hard to make sure that everything is perfect for baby’s arrival. Setting up the nursery, maybe buying that king sized bed for co-sleeping, stocking up on diapers and spending hours searching for the safest car seat. But what about prepping for postpartum recovery?

 

One major thing that some of us completely forget about in the midst of all the planning is preparing to care for our postpartum selves. I know I was personally caught off guard in some aspects, but next time, you bet I’ll have these must haves on hand to help me along the way.

 

Earth Mama

I was so grateful that my thoughtful hubby gave me this Earth Mama set on Mother’s Day a month before I was due. They are made of natural ingredients and they really work! I used the Nipple Balm (and coconut oil) religiously during those tough first couple of weeks of breastfeeding. It smelled like Nutella to me.

 

          FYI: I do have to note that they recently changed the look and the ingredients in some of their products, including the nipple balm (beeswax) on their site. The original vegan friendly balm can sometimes be found at Buy Buy Baby or Toys R’Us.   

 

Depends/Adult Diapers

Yes mamas, you know what I’m talking about. Didn’t think you’d have to ever purchase adult diapers huh? The hospital usually provides a few netted pairs of underwear to go along with the bulky pads they give you but I felt like they didn’t stay put. I chose to follow the advice of other mamas and test adult diapers out. The Depends felt more comfortable and I felt supported in them. They were also perfect for using the homemade padsicles I had waiting for me when I got home from the hospital.

 

DIY Padsicles

Speaking of padsicles, this is the recipe I followed to make my own soothing and healing pads. Great for helping with postpartum tears and inflammation.

 

     All you need is:

  • Around 2 cups of Witch Hazel – to help with swelling
  • ½ cup Aloe Vera Gel- for healing properties
  • 20 drops of Lavender Oil- soothing and promotes circulation
  • 15-25 Cloth pads or washcloths
  • Foil

    

     Directions:

  • MIx all the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Use a spoon to apply mixture (about 1-2 tbsps) to the center of the pad (if using washcloths fold into thirds to replicate the size of a pad then apply mixture to middle).
  • Wrap the pads in aluminum foil and place in freezer.
  • When ready to use just take the pad out of the freezer and let it sit for a bit before use.

 

Snacks and that Big Ol’ Hospital Jug

You’re home from the hospital and it is go time. A little baby depends on you now. As a breastfeeding mama I had no idea how much time I was going to spend sitting on the couch breastfeeding. Along with the swollen legs from the fluids I was given from hemorrhaging, the painful feeding sessions, and the whole insides falling out part, I was not in the mood to make full blown meals. Definitely couldn’t ask for meals from family because they weren’t sure of what I could and couldn’t eat so I didn’t bother, and bless my husband but cooking is not his thing unless I wanted pb & j 24/7. I was luckily able to prep easy nutritious snacks like these protein bites and had smoothies as nutritious snacks to keep me from going hungry. I also LOVED the huge hospital jug I was given and made sure I took that baby with me and made sure it was always filled. So important to stay hydrated, especially when nursing.

 

Read this article for more helpful information about postpartum care and support. don’t hesitate to look through all the other awesome content for all stages of parenthood!

 

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Michelle Alvarado I began my vegan journey after becoming pregnant. I initially did it for my/ our health but quickly learned about the horrible treatment of animals that goes on and it turned into a bigger thing than myself. I currently live in the Chicago suburbs with my husband, son and shelter pup (she’s 11 but will always be a puppy in my eyes). I went to school for communications but pursued a career in early childhood education and was a preschool teacher for almost a decade. I owe my insight in child development to my hands on experience in the field and hope to utilize it to further the progress of future vegan generations. I am beyond grateful to have found Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting and Raise Vegan, not only for the platform that it has provided me to further the awareness of vegan family resources but for what I have personally gained from it by being a member and from knowing these wonderful women. I look forward to all the amazing things to come as we help pave the way and provide a haven of love an support for vegan families.

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One Response to “Postpartum Tips You Can’t Pass Up!”

  1. Renee
    January 17th, 2018 @ 10:21 am

    Great tips in a time we need them most!

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