Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Eastern Washington
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Herbal sitz baths--I got some when I ordered my birth kit, but you can buy the herbs and mix them up. Mine includes Uva Ursi leaf, yarrow flower, plantain leaf, sage leaf, witch hazel leaf, comfrey leaf & root, and sea salt. I just got one pack (5 oz -- supposed to make 5 baths). My mw says that after using them for the bath, she rolls the used herbs in some gauze and puts ontop of the pad (an herb burrito). Last time I healed really fast and expect to do the same this time (prob. faster because of the herbs). Local health food stores also sell the stuff so if I need more I will send dh out. It was really convenient to order it though.
I don't bother worrying about the cord. Even the ped at the hospital when dd1 was born said that I could use alcohol if I wanted but that it really didn't make a difference. So I didn't. After it fell off I cleaned up the area one time. No problems.
Bras. I have boobs even when not pg or nursing so I do wear them. I have really liked a couple from motherwear. I have also made use of their generous return policy so that I was sure to have comfortable bras. Speaking of which, I need to order some. Oh, btw your ribcage is probably a bit bigger than normal right now so take that into consideration. You can get bra extenders if you need to.
Mom to three very active girls Anna (14), Kayla (12), Maya (8).