Here are a few of my favorite suggestions to have on hand for the “newborn mother” after birth:
Sitz bath mix: I often create a blend for my clients that has epsom salts, comfrey leaf, lavender flowers, plantain leaf, red raspberry leaf and yarrow flower.
Sitz bath basin: To set inside your toilet to soak your tender parts.
Witch hazel pads (for hemorrhoids): Just soak little cotton face cleaning pads in witch hazel and keep them in a little jar, preferably in the fridge.
Perineum squirt bottle: For rinsing your tender parts while going pee!
Coconut oil or nipple cream: to apply between breastfeeding moments.
Nursing bras or stretchy sports bras.
Washable or disposable breast pads: for leaking nipples.
Washable or disposable overnight pads (You can soak them in your sitz bath mix and put them in the freezer to make a little froze pad for your perineum!)
A couple adult sized diapers for the day of the birth and the day after.
Belly wrap or Rebozo: to do a postpartum belly wrap.
Pain killers: Tylenol or Advil
Magic sack (hot/ cold pack) to use for sore & achy muscles
Healing teas: raspberry leaf, nettle and oat straw are great for postpartum
Dates and prunes: to keep your bowels moving
Cabbage leaves: to put on your breast when they are full or engorged on day 3-5.
Lots of freezer food & snacks!!
If you can afford it, get HELP! Booking a postpartum doula to help nourish your new family can be such a blessing. A house cleaner is another possibility. A couple sessions with an osteopath for both mother and baby is often a necessity!