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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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The things that helped me most were hemrhoid pads chilled in the refrigerator and lansinoh cream for my cracked nipples. Having pre-made frozen meals was wonderful too. When my nipples were extra sore I bought a head of cabbage and would peel off an entire cabbage leaf and put it inside my nursing bra. I've since been told that cabbage helps keep the area dry and is used when weaning, but I still swear by it. That cool cabbage was SOOO relieving!
 

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someone to watch ds!!! Dh slept he was tired- and I was agsausted- it was hours till my mom got there!<br>
Your midwife should have a list for you.... or even a box of supplies for you to buy.<br>
Mine had Family plus- natural remedy for AFTERBIRTH pains- they suck... big time,<br>
Chux pads- to lay on<br>
Pads<br>
Depends adult diapers<br>
FOOD,FOOD, FOOD<br>
Gatorade<br>
BELL- to call whoever is helping you! LOL!<br>
New legs- man my legs were so tired!<br>
nice bath stuff
 

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Lots of pillows. Like a ton of them. I was exhausted, and DD wanted to nurse for hours and hours, and I needed the pillows so that I could nurse on my side and sleep.
 

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A basket or diaper bag filled with baby supplies so you can move it around easily and always have what you need close by.<br>
A thermos of hot tea next to your bed.<br>
Heating pad for afterpains.<br>
A couple of good books to read while laying in bed with your baby.<br>
Paper plates, cups and cutlery so the dishes don't pile up.<br>
A list of things you need to have done, kept close. People will call and ask if there's anything they can do for you, but it won't last long. Have a list ready so you're not tempted to say No, everything's fine!
 

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food food food<br>
recharge<br>
chilled pads-<br>
friends who visit on that 2nd week and do a load of dishes or laundry<br>
breastfeeding support<br>
did I say food<br>
b vitamins<br>
more than one comfortable place to sleep and rest in the day-<br><br>
PS forgot to add herb bath and lavender tea in the peri bottle
 

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Ideally, as many peri bottles as you have toilets, because it really sucks when you're in the downstairs potty and realise that the peri bottle is in the upstairs one!
 

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-lansinoh<br>
-a bazillion breast pads. i was leaking through them every feeding.<br>
- healthy snacks that require no preparation. i always get hungry when i'm up at night.<br>
- definitely pillows! i sent dh out to get a couple extra cheapo ones.<br>
- we use cloth diapers but kept sposies around so dh could easily change diapers during that first week<br>
- magazines/light reading/feel-good movies... otherwise I start to watch mindless TV while nursing.<br>
- huge water bottle
 

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~I second breast pads! You can never have too many. And extra sleep/nursing bras because they get wet too.<br>
~comfy pjs - and extra pjs in case of milk/baby pee/spitup<br>
~Some nice pads, like Natracare, unless you use cloth. The regular always-type pads are not as nice on your tender perineum area.<br>
~Trail mix type snacks so there is always something healthy you can munch on.<br><br>
pretty much what everyone else said <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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homeopathic arnica for helping to reduce the post-birth swelling.<br><br>
Emergen-C: a B- & C-vitamin powdered drink packet you just add to water. it's great for a little energy/glucose boost and makes boring or yucky water palatable.<br><br>
my mom, who mothered me while i was busy learning how to mother our son. this could be a sister, mother-in-law, aunt, or anyone who does not need to be taken care of by you or your partner or family but can instead fill in unobtrusively where you need them to.<br><br>
oh, and if you don't already have one, install a hand held shower in your bathtub or shower. it was a godsend for me and has been extremely helpful since for washing our little man when he poops up a storm.<br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I was going to suggest All Bran Buds, but same sentiment!
 
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