Before you go to the hospital, it’s really important that you have some things prepared for when you come home with the baby. Because you will be absolutely exhausted, and between diaper changes and feeding the baby, you really won’t have any time to go shopping for yourself. Here are some things that I bought during my last trimester, and I honestly used every single one of these items. I had a second degree tear (ouch!) and some of these products helped heal me faster than I would without them. Alhamdulillah.
- Pads because you will bleed, a lot! I bled for 40 days straight, and needed way more than one of these lol. Make sure you get the jumbo one because on top of everything else, you really can’t tend to a leak! Click here to get these.
2. Granny panties. Don’t laugh, I’m serious! You want the biggest, most comfortable underwear to hold everything in place after you give birth! Make sure they’re cotton. I love these ones, and you can get them here
Okay, once you have your underwear and pads, I want you to make padsicles. Take a pad, open it and lay it flat, smother it with aloe vera gel and witch hazel. Place some tucks medicated pads on top. Fold it back, and leave it in the freezer. When you come back home, you need to use these instead of regular pads. They help with the swelling and healing, and trust me they really do help feel better down there!
3. Get the aloe vera gel here
4. Get the witch hazel here
5. Tucks pads here
Okay, got your pads sorted. But what do you do about using the washroom? The nurses/widwives are amazing and will walk you through it at the hospital. After you come home, after using the washroom, use the spray bottle with luke warm water and epsom salts and spray yourself down there. This helps heal the cuts/tears/wounds much faster.
6. Get the spray botttle here
7. Bath salts here
You can also use this “New Mama Bottom Spray”. I used both.
8. Get the new mama bottom spray here
Now, moving onto breastfeeding. If you choose to breastfeed, there’s a lot you need to learn. Again, nurses/midwives are very supportive and will walk you through the process. You can also see a lactation consultant if you’re having trouble. Here’s two things that I used:
9. Nipple butter. Because if baby doesn’t latch properly (and a lot of times they don’t), your nipples will hurt, a lot. You need to keep your nipples well moisturized, and this organic nipple butter works wonders. You can get it here
10. With breastfeeding, comes leaking. You will leak through your bra and clothes if you don’t wear these. Especially when your milk comes in (about 2-3 days after baby is born), your boobs will feel extremely heavy, and they will leak. Make sure to have some ready, you can get them here