Addison is just a couple weeks away from making her arrival. I really wanted to make a Postpartum Survival Kit that includes postpartum essentials, so I’m not straining myself too much while trying to recover. I’m not going to want to be doing much, so a postpartum survival kit just sounded like a great idea to keep me from being bored while I’m at home on bed rest.
My sweet friend Lauren visited me at the hospital last week while I was being monitored for my high blood pressure (hence the bed rest). She brought me this PERFECT chevron basket, and I decided that I would fill it right up to get ready for my postpartum days. Postpartum care is going to be incredibly important for me, because I plan on being at the hospital a lot after being discharged. Addison should be having her surgery 1-3 days after birth, so I’ve got to get it together fast (while still taking care of myself) so I can be with her.
What’s in my postpartum survival kit:
1. A box of U by Kotex® AllNighter® Overnight Pads Overnight for heavy bleeding that will occur in the weeks after having Addison. Most women bleed two to six weeks postpartum, and to be honest, I want the confidence of knowing that I’m not going to mess up my clothes. The 3D Capture Core is going to be my best friend to make sure I stay confident during a time that I will most likely feel like death. I also bought an extra box of the U by Kotex® AllNighter® Overnight Padsto make padsicles. I’ve heard padsicles (although usually for women who have had vaginal deliveries) can help women who have had c-sections because the witch hazel, aloe vera, and essential oils help fight bacteria and help with healing, so I’m excited to make some to try out.
2. Pain Reliever so I don’t die from the pain. Because of my c-section, I’ll have prescription pain reliever, but for those of you having a vaginal delivery, you’ll want Ibuprofen or at least something stronger than the Tylenol you were allowed to have during pregnancy.
3. Snacks are a must when in postpartum mode! Fruits, bags of nuts, trail mix bars, and more will help me stay energized and ready to conquer the days ahead. This will be especially good so I can have snacks prepared for my long days at the NICU once Addison has her SCT surgery.
4. A Reusable Water Bottle is another important thing in my kit. Staying hydrated is really important for cell regeneration to help heal, as well as keep my breast milk supply up.
5. A nice robe for around the house is another thing I absolutely love. I plan on wearing a lot of nursing tanks and nursing bras in the beginning days, so a really nice robe will be great to keep on hand when friends and family come to visit when I’m exhausted.
6. Magazines are the last thing in my kit, and I know I’ll need these big time. I plan to be at the hospital as much as they’ll allow once Addison has her surgery. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to nurse her all the time while she heals, and my NICU has a nice room for nursing mothers to pump. Many of these days, Mathew won’t be able to be at the hospital with me to keep me company, so it’ll just be me and my friend Mr. Breast Pump sometimes. Magazines will surely help pass the time so I can just relax and do my thing.
What do YOU think of my Postpartum Survival Kit ?
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