Tyleen from MamaMadsen is taking over today to share her top postpartum recovery tips that promise a quick recovery.
Having a baby is scary, exciting, and painful all at once. There are so many emotions that come with having a baby, that you tend to forget about what it will be like after the delivery and bring home the baby.
Everyone does some research on what to do with your newborn and how to take care of them, but what about you?
Your body goes through so many changes and is healing from giving birth to a little human! I will not lie or sugarcoat it, it is painful.
Anything done in the bathroom just sucks (besides maybe taking a shower of course).
There are some tips and tricks to make your postpartum recovery speed up and a little less painful.
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The first thing to consider when you’re in recovery is the underwear you will be wearing.
You’re going to want to find something that is really comfortable and big enough to hold some big pads. Whip out some granny panties and embrace the old lady inside you.
They will be a lifesaver and you will thank me later. You can buy underwear anywhere and you don’t need to spend a bunch of money.
Head to Walmart or Target and get some cheap and comfy undies.
Big Pads, baby
Pads will be a very important thing to have. You will need a lot of them because you will be changing them a lot. After you give birth, you will still be bleeding, you may not have bladder control (I know, it sucks), and pray you don’t sneeze without a pad on.
Get some extra jumbo pads, and some overnight pads too. Not only will you need pads but you will want to make “padsicles”.
Take some time before you go into labour and make these padsicles. They are a lifesaver.
How to make your own padsicles?
You will need:
- Pads – as many as you want to make. I would recommend at least 10 but you could always do more or less.
- Witch Hazel – is great for keeping away harmful bacteria.
- Aloe Vera Gel – just like how Aloe Vera soothes your sunburns it’ll soothe your downstairs area. It has great healing abilities for a lot of different wounds.
- Lavender Essential Oil – is not necessary but lavender essential oil promotes healing but is also gentle enough to not cause any harm to open wounds.
- Rosemary Essential Oil – again, this is not necessary but rosemary essential oil is proven to help circulation which reduces inflammation and speeds up tissue healing.
Easy to follow steps:
- Open all pads you plan on using.
- Pour 1 tbsp (tablespoon) of witch hazel into a measuring cup.
- Add one drop of lavender essential oil to the witch hazel.
- Pour evenly over the pad.
- Squirt aloe vera gel evenly over the pad. (Add droplets of the gel all over and then spread around with your finger.)
- Fold pad back into the original packaging.
- Put into a freezer bag and store in the freezer until use
That’s it for the padsicle! Super easy to make and inexpensive.
It feels so good to have too and it makes a world of a difference to have. I would say to make them around the 36 weeks mark so you can have them ready as soon as you go into labour and give birth. Even if it is earlier than expected.
You know that squirt bottle that the hospital gives you? Keep it. It is amazing.
After giving birth you’re gonna be really sore and you may be healing and have stitches to care for. The last thing you will want to do is wipe after going to the bathroom.
The squirt bottle (put warm water into it) will keep you clean and feel a lot better than rubbing rough toilet paper on your healing body parts. (You will use toilet paper to pat dry the water you squirt on yourself).
Okay, time to talk number two, poop.
Everyone does it and after you give birth, it sucks. You’re going to be sore and pushing will not be an option.
I went without a stool softener for a day or so and I literally cried when I was going to the bathroom. Never again will I go without it after birth.
It makes it easier to go to the bathroom and you won’t have to push it out.
This seems obvious but should still be mentioned. Wear comfortable clothing!
Everyone has a different opinion on what is comfortable. Some people like to wear baggy sweats and loose fitting clothes.
I actually liked wearing stretchy yoga pants or leggings. The reason for that is I liked having it tightish around my vaginal area. The constant pressure of it made it feel like it was holding everything together (not like it was all falling apart or anything but that’s just a way to describe it).
You don’t want it super tight where you can’t breathe but just tight enough to hold everything in place (again, not like everything is falling apart just a way to describe it in a weird way).
After having a baby you will tell to not take a bath because the water will cause too much pressure in your vaginal area and because it can go into places you don’t want too.
However, a sitz bath is a different kind of bath. For a sitz bath, all you do is fill your tub up a couple of inches, just enough to cover your vaginal area and sit for 15 minutes and then get out.
Here are a few tips for making your sitz bath safe and comfortable.
- First thing, talk to your doctor or midwife and make sure they give you the okay.
- Clean your tub. Make sure your bathtub is clean. You don’t want bacteria in your tub because it could get into your healing wounds.
- Use lukewarm water. You don’t want to use hot water, ouch. Lukewarm will be the perfect temperature for your healing body parts.
- Only a couple inches. Just enough to cover your vaginal area.
- Add some Epsom salt. It promotes healing and reduces swelling. You could also add a few drops of witch hazel or lavender essential oils.
- Sit for only 15 to 30 minutes and up to 2 to 3 times a day.
- Pat dry with a clean towel. Seems obvious but you will not want to be rubbing a towel and causing irritation.
The sitz bath is a great way to relax and help you feel better. It’s a win-win.
Those are a few of my postpartum recovery tips and tricks to speed up the process and feel better.
You’re already taking care of a newborn and will need to soak up every minute (it does go fast), you don’t want to be distracted by your own pain.
Do any other moms have some postpartum recovery tips?
Leave them in the comments!
Hello all, my name is Tyleen Madsen. I am a 23-year-old Wyoming mama to a beautiful two-year-old daughter named Oakleigh, and I have a bun in the oven due in October. I am here to help everyday mamas with everyday problems!