I was posting way back in the beginning and have been lurking as of late but haven't been posted much. It's funny how by #3, life just seems to get a whole lot more hectic! At any rate, I am into full-on birth/baby prep mode and am trying to get all of my ducks (and placenta bowls, herbs, cloth diapers, chux pads, etc.) in a row.
So.... what herbs/remedies are you all stocking up on for PP? My midwife said definitely Arnica and I am having my placenta encapsulated with some alfalfa and red raspberry. I've been amassing lots of other books on herbal and homeopathic remedies, etc. but am just getting overwhelmed. DD was a preemie so it was all hospital and prescription pain meds after as I was having to manage the pain while shuttling back and forth to the NICU. DS was a planned homebirth (ended up transferring after an hour of pushing) but I put all my time into prepping for the birth and not what would happen after. The recovery from that birth was not pretty - felt like an absolute train wreck, lots of pain, no energy. This was all on top of a cracked nipple and a case of mastitis, then thrush which I think were made worse by the fact that I felt so awful anyway that I wasn't doing enough to take care of myself and work on DS's poor latch.
I am hoping to ease some of the symptoms by being well-stocked up this time around. What have you all used/are planning to use for after birth? Or what books do you recommend to have on hand for some good, straight forward information? DH is a librarian so I've been exploiting his access as much as possible.