Welcome to the fourth trimester! Postpartum Recovery is different for every new mom, but it helps to have a postpartum recovery checklist to get you through those first few weeks with your new baby at home.
We thought we would be coming home after two days but ended up staying in the hospital for six nights. After giving birth, I couldn’t sit down for a week and a half without feeling pain. I was exhausted, recovering from the delivery, learning how to breastfeed, running on no sleep, and waking up every 2-3 hours to feed my little one.
In this post, I’ll cover:
- My Postpartum Recovery Checklist
- Breastfeeding Must-Haves + Nursing Bras
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Postpartum Recovery Checklist For Mommy
Robe – A comfy robe is nice to have in the hospital and at home. They’re also great for breastfeeding.
Pads – I can’t stress this enough – bring more than you think you’ll need. Since I was in the hospital for several days, I had to ask my partner to pick up a few more packs. I didn’t get to use the padsicles I made until I got home. I purchased Maternity pads but eventually ordered regular pads and had them shipped to my house. During those first few days, you may not want to leave the house, 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.
I also have this breastfeeding tank that I love because it’s leak-proof. It’s one of my favorite tanks because I don’t have to worry about using nursing pads. The material is thick enough to handle all-day wear.
I thought I made a mistake by ordering a size up. Once my breast milk came in, the top fit perfectly. It’s also nice to size up because you can fit heat packs or ice packs inside your top when your breasts need a bit of relief.
Adult Diapers – Let’s just say you’ll be thankful you have these during postpartum care, especially during the first few days.
Loose Clothing – Avoid anything tight-fitting. The key to comfort is loose, soft fabrics. While you may want to live in your robe the first few days, it’s nice to slip into comfy loungewear after giving birth.
Baby Wrap – A baby wrap was on my registry, and it’s one of my favorite things to use. Baby Jayden loves it too. The wrap keeps your baby close to you and lets you snuggle your little one while freeing up your hands. I’m currently writing this blog while Jayden is sleeping in the wrap.
Breastfeeding is a journey, and it’s different for every new mom. My milk didn’t come until day two or three, and I remember trying to squeeze drops of colostrum into a small syringe to feed our baby. I also had to learn how to feed baby without sitting down because I was in so much pain.
Here are some of the must-have items that have helped me on my motherhood journey.
Breastfeeding Kit – I put together a small basket with a few essentials that I can easily access when I’m breastfeeding. My kit has burp cloths, nursing pads, the Haakaa breast pump, snacks, lip balm, hand sanitizer, and my phone. It makes my life so much easier because everything I may need is nearby and I don’t have to ask my partner to pass me something when I’m breastfeeding.
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.
- They work on inverted nipples
- Help relieve nipple thrush or mastitis
- They protect the nipple from chafing against your bra or t-shirt while you’re trying to heal
- You can put them in the fridge for a cooling effect.
I wore them every day during the first few weeks.
Nursing Bras – When it comes to nursing bras, buy a size up. My favorites are the cotton cross-over styles because they’re just so easy and comfortable to wear. I also have a few with the clips for easy access.
Read my Cake Maternity Review here. I love the Lotus pumping bra!
Nursing Pads – I use reusable nursing pads. The thicker the pad, the better. I keep a few in my breastfeeding kit just in case I need a new one.
Heat + ice packs – Use heat packs before you nurse or pump. Ice packs provide instant relief when you’re all done.
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.
Nice to have
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 usually wear it for about an hour every day.
Meal Kits Delivered to your door – We ordered meal kits so we didn’t have to worry about going to the grocery store or eating freezer meals. We were really pleased with EveryPlate’s recipes and ingredients. The recipes are easy to make, affordable and they taste great!
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 as a first-time mom.
- Remember to be kind to yourself.
- Rest when your baby is sleeping. Everything else can wait.
- Set boundaries (if you feel that you need to.)
- Find a routine that works for you.