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I am wondering what people found useful for comfort after giving birth. I never thought about this with ds (I didn't even buy pads), so I am wondering what I could have on hand to comfort myself. Thanks for any input.
 

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Sitzbath for any abrasions or tears. What a difference my second birth was from my first as far as healing my bottom and the pain involved. It's basically an herb that you make like tea and sit your bottom in in for a few times a day. I HIGHLY recommend it. Herb shops carry it.
 

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I was never interested in herbs or baths and have never needed any peri care really.<br><br>
I found in my last few births that a heating pad or two can speed healing and make you sleep really well. My last two births were very fast and I had very sore muscles/headaches afterward. I'd be in bed nursing, lying on a heating pad with a cool pack both under my neck and over my eyes. It was great!<br><br>
good food is at the top of my list as well. nursing gown, SLIPPERS a warm robe, lotion and lots of fluff filled magazines.<br><br>
headphones or earplugs if you have company.<br><br>
You should cocoon yourself from the world for awhile.
 

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I didn't tear and was not cut the second time so I didn't need any sitz baths or anything.<br><br>
I used cloth pads for postpartum and soaked them in a jar under the sink, when it was time to wash the diapers I just dumped out the water and threw the pads in with the diapers. The cloth pads were really comfy and I didn't have the itchiness I have with paper pads.<br><br>
Really, the only thing I didn't have that I needed was something for the afterpains as I used up our Advil it hurt so bad- worse than labor. This time I'm planning to have some AfterEase or something herbal/natural for the afterpains as I'm trying to get completely away from using medications (just to prove to myself that I can <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">).
 

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Comfrey compresses<br>
Cloth Mama Pads<br>
Afterease<br>
Cramp Bark<br>
Arnica gel for sore back, butt, legs, shoulders etc.<br>
Arnica pelets<br>
Emergen'C<br>
Yummy juices & teas to replenish your fluids<br>
Nursing Tanks<br>
Good Food - maybe buy some local restaurant gift cards in advance or ask for them from friends/family. We got about $75 in gift cards to Chili's and Chipotle and that was wonderful!<br>
When people ask to come over tell them to bring food!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Keri
 

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Keep a literal written list of the people who say, "If there's any you need/I can do, just let me know!" And then, when the laundry is overwhelming, or the toddler needs attention, or you just need to sleep for an hour, CALL them! Also make yourself a list NOW of people who will bring you dinner every night for the first two weeks. Or, freeze two weeks worth of meals in gallon sized ziplock bags, NOW. Those were the most important things to us.
 
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