Things to Have at Home for the Postpartum Period

The postpartum period is not a time to be running out to the store to pick something up, so plan ahead with some personal care items for yourself that can help ease you into the postpartum period. Some of these are for your comfort and will be used short term, others will carry you through the first year or until you have your first period after baby.

You can plan ahead and stock up on these items, or you can have them purchased after you have the baby, as you need them. The goal is to keep you comfortable and calm after you've had the baby. Discomfort and pain can happen, no matter how you gave birth. You should know how to take your postpartum medication, as well as what types of products will help you stay more comfortable.

Americaine Spray

Hospital Formula Americaine Hemorrhoid Aerosol Can Spray
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This topical anesthetic works wonders on sore bottoms and hemorrhoids. You can spray this directly onto your clean skin and receive new instant relief. You may be given some in the hospital, but if not you can purchase it at most drug stores. This product works wonders as it numbs your skin. This is a must-have if you have had an episiotomy or tear. It will help deal with the pain after such a repair. This is not labeled for such use​ and may be labeled to help with hemorrhoids, do not be surprised. 

Tucks Medicated Hemorrhoid Pads

Tucks Medicated Pads / Witch Hazel Hemorrhoidal Medicated Pads 100 Count
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This old standby is great for easing any discomfort in your rectal or vaginal area. These pads are designed for use with hemorrhoids but also work well with vaginal swelling. You can actually line your menstrual pad with these for the first few days after giving birth to ease ​swelling. They also cool nicely in the fridge. The pads are easier on sore bottoms than creams. You can also get these in travel packs which are great to add to a diaper bag should you need to travel out of the house, like to a doctor's appointment.

Postpartum Bath Herbs by Earth Mama Angel Baby

Postpartum Bath Herbs organic Non GMO herbal sitz bath
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These bath herbs are also designed to ease pain in the bottom. The organic herbs contain comfrey, witch hazel, oatmeal, and yarrow to help you regain your skin. You simply add them to your sitz bath or regular bath. This is meant to soothe your skin.

Merry Mother Sitz Bath

Merry Mother Sitz Bath
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This actually refers to the name of a product to put on your vaginal area to ease pain and swelling from episiotomies or tearing. There are many types available, but this one is very much like the rest. This is another thing that is added to your sitz bath or regular bath as a way to soothe your skin.

Sitz Bath

Sitz Baths
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This is the actual piece of plastic to recreate the hospital type sitz bath using flowing warm water. It fits over your toilet and you fill the bag with warm water and allow it to drain over your bottom for cleansing and comfort. You can use this with products meant to heal like sitz bath additions. This can be a great way to help you continue the process of getting a sitz bath, even after you've come home.


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