Welcome to the fourth trimester! Postpartum Recovery is different for every new mom. Here’s a postpartum recovery checklist that includes must-have essentials and what to wear postpartum to get you through those first few weeks with your new baby at home.
What Do I Really Need for Postpartum Recovery?
- Adult Diapers
- Loose Pants
- Nursing Bras | Related: Best Nursing and Maternity Bras
- Sleepwear Set – Breastfeeding Friendly
- Nursing Nightgown
- Nursing Tanks
- Nursing Pads
- Heat + Ice Packs – So helpful!
What to wear postpartum
These Active Truth tights are amazing! You’ll feel secure and supported in this postnatal recovery tight. It has a firm, ultra-high waistband and feels so comfortable. “Compression garments are recommended for new mums following childbirth to increase circulation to aid healing, reduce swelling and reduce post-pregnancy related aches and pains.”
While it’s technically not a nursing bra, this sustainable bra by Boody is so comfortable. It’s one of my favorites to wear and offers medium support.
Cake Maternity’s Hands-free Lotus pumping top looks like a yoga top, but it’s so much more than that. It’s designed to hold your breast pump in place while you pump. Read my Cake Maternity review here.
When you find something that works, there’s nothing wrong with wearing it on repeat. I wore the Lunar Maternity Full Length Tight while pregnant and during the 4th trimester. These tights are soft, supportive, and have a good stretch, which is ideal for the third trimester. They also have side pockets – perfect for carrying keys, cards or a small toy for my toddler.
Postpartum Recovery Checklist: Must-Haves + Tips
Here’s a look at some of the items that have helped me on my postpartum journey.
Adult Diapers – Let’s just say you’ll be thankful you have these during postpartum care, especially during the first few days.
Pads – You might need these for a while, so stock up!
Underwear – If you don’t want to wear pads all day (because let’s get real, nobody does), let me introduce you to Modibodi. This sustainable brand makes period panties that you can wear without worrying about leaks or changing pads every time you go to the bathroom. The heavy-overnight absorbency panties work great during those first few days/weeks.
Heat + ice packs – Use heat packs before you nurse or pump. Ice packs provide instant relief when you’re all done.
Baby Wrap – A baby wrap keeps your baby close to you and lets you snuggle your little one while freeing up your hands. They’re honestly amazing!
Belly wrap – I bought a belly wrap on Amazon after hearing about it from some of my mom friends. I started wearing it the day after giving birth and wore it for about an hour every day.
Nipple Relief – When I first started breastfeeding, I was practically in tears because my nipples were so sore. I started googling nipple relief and came across Silverette. These eco-friendly cups are made with silver, which has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial benefits to prevent and repair breastfeeding nipples.
Breastfeeding Kit – I put together a small basket with a few essentials to keep nearby while breastfeeding. I put burp cloths, nursing pads, the Haakaa breast pump, snacks, lip balm, and hand sanitizer in a basket for easy access.
Support System – Here in Australia, the Australian Breastfeeding Association is a free resource with helpful tips and info on breastfeeding. They even have a free hotline you can call if you have any questions about nipple relief or breastfeeding in general.
Conclusion: Postpartum Recovery Checklist Essentials
Every women’s postpartum recovery timeline is different. These are some of the essentials + postpartum recovery tips that helped me during my journey.
- Remember to be kind to yourself.
- Rest whenever you can.
- Set boundaries (if you feel that you need to.)
- Find a routine that works for you.