Mothering Forum banner

1 - 12 of 12 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
139 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
So I am expecting my first LO any day now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: And I was wondering what kind of advice any of you ladies have for postpartum. I'd like to get stocked up on supplies, food, etc. in the next day or two and wanted to know if any of you more experienced mothers found something particularly helpful. TIA!
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
15,078 Posts
The only supplies that I usually worry about are pads for me. I have been caught short before, and THAT is not fun.<br><br>
Other than that, maybe food or something, but stuff like that does not last long in my house! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But perhaps, some of your favorite "finger" foods. Those are always good to have around.<br><br>
And if you like books or movies, getting some good ones, and saving them till after is a fun way to relax and enjoy the baby as well as get your rest. At least that is what I like to do. (I especially love to watch my mystery movies when I am taking it easy.)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
158 Posts
We bought an upright freezer a couple of weeks before the due date and I spent my "nesting" phase cooking enough meals to last us at least a month. Of course, our wonderful family brought us dinners, too, so they lasted more like 2 months.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">: It was the best thing I did to prepare, since I could always pop a homemade, organic dinner in the oven if I'd had a hectic day.<br><br>
The things I found myself lacking after the birth were enough breast pads (I use organic cotton reusable ones and had to send my mom to buy several more pairs), nursing-friendly clothing, and a sitz bath. (I received some sitz bath herbs which turned out to be wonderful...just needed the tub to use them!) Also, witch hazel-soaked frozen pads were a nice comfort, too.<br><br>
Happy birthing!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,409 Posts
What the others have said, plus adult diapers, they are awsome at first, hold everything in, and you dont have to worry about getting blood on the sheets or anything. Spirulina is awsome as well, i took heaps in orange juice everyday and i healed and recovered really well, and i was anemic with quite a bit of blood loss so to be up and about a couple of days after was fairly incredible. Ural, or urine alcalisers like cranberry juice, it helps stop your urine being so stingy on your girly parts. Prune juice, i had a large glass the next morning, and then a small glass everyday until things started working again, it makes that first movement a lot less painful.<br><br>
I also prepared myself a little basket of supplies to put next to the bed, and one next to the sofa in the lounge room, with lanolin, some snacks, water bottle, nappy change supplies, books and whatever else you think you might need. Especially in those first few days when you get comfy, and baby is happily nursing and you are still sore you really dont want to get up, and i really didnt want to be calling DH every 2 seconds. `
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,175 Posts
I loved the depends. So much easier than worrying about leakage.<br><br>
Also, rest. Rest longer than you think you need to. Stay in bed for as long as you can without loosing your mind...and then add 2 days. lol<br><br>
Your pelvic floor will thank you later. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
193 Posts
As everyone else has said, stock up on some pads!<br><br>
Have a couple of meals prepared for when you come home, as this eases your mind on not having to prepare and do anything. Cook up some soup or stew and have it ready in the freezer. Some easy casseroles are good too, example tuna casserole.<br><br>
Have some lollies available when in hospital too (yum), you just never know.<br><br>
Good luck and have a lovely birth, looking forward to hearing how it all goes.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,473 Posts
-Depends <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
-peri bottle with 1/2 water 1/2 witch hazel<br>
-Tucks Pads<br>
-stool softener<br>
-breastfeeding pillow
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
359 Posts
pads for sure.<br><br>
Stool softner - to avoid hemorrhage<br><br>
I only ate soups. Hearty soups... to avoid hemorrhage.<br><br>
Big water bottle that you can fill up. I always get thirsty when I'm nursing. Gotta have my water. I hydrated myself... good for avoiding hemorrhage.<br><br>
A helping hand. My mother-in-law stayed with me for at least a week and my mom stayed with me for at least a week. I had total of three weeks of help after I had my first child. I did nothing but eat, nurse and sleep.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,001 Posts
I really wish I had rested more. I had all this excited energy, so I was up and about, but then when all the lack of sleep hit me I was exhausted and a MESS!! Also, I was determined to stay on the sleep at night/ awake during the day routine. I really wish I let that go. I should've been sleeping whenever the baby slept. SO, rest more than you want to. The lack of sleep of taking care of an infant really takes it's toll, especially after a long labor and such. Sleep when babe sleeps. I also wish I had coslept earlier. We ended up doing that and it would've been easier (I think) if I had just done it from the beginning. Enjoy!! Those babes sleep A LOT in those first few weeks.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
549 Posts
One of my favorite things postpartum is to take menstrual pads and soak them with witch hazel. Put them in a bowl so they are curved, and freeze them. They feel *oh so good* on stretched out privates!<br><br>
I must echo the PP here who suggested getting enough rest. Rest when baby rests. For the first 2 or 3 weeks, don't do anything you don't have to except rest, nurse and change diapers. You'll feel so much better when you do start becoming more active if you take it easy for awhile.<br><br>
Have a wonderful birth! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
15,097 Posts
Have some tylenol or something similar for afterpains. Make sure you have a peri bottle in each bathroom.<br><br>
Have yummy food that is easy to prepare ready. My favorite things were pesto pasta, cream cheese danishes, and a veggie/fruit tray. My inlaws also brought us these frozen rice bowls that were so good! It was easier for dh to make those foods while handling everything else than to cook elaborate meals. Plus it was really hot out so turning on the oven was not appealling.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
979 Posts
My advice is to just accept those first few restful days... watch movies, surf the net, etc. I ended up feeling really stir crazy sitting in bed for several days, but I think it's because I felt like I shouldn't be watching movies or writing emails--like now that I was a MOM, I should be doing something more important or watching my baby. But honestly, they sleep almost constantly those first few days, and you really won't have much to do. So rent a ton of movies, or have a list ready or movies you want friends to bring over.<br><br>
And be ready for the "baby blues", which hit me really hard. I was expected pure motherly bliss and I just cried constantly for 2 weeks. Not to scare you--but no one told me that was completely normal! So if it happens to you-- it's completely normal!
 
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
Top