I feel a little more confident as a mom of three as we take on each day. Well.. with a newborn anyways! I know things will change as Levi gets older, maybe that’s when I grow another arm to help me lol! But right now, we’re adjusting well even in the chaos. Having our third baby I felt a little more prepared planning for postpartum, but there are also more products out now, and helpful tips that I’ve learned about too. I’m excited to share them with you below! And hopefully you can find them helpful for yourself, or for someone close to you. If you have any questions feel free to message me!
These weren’t a thing when I had Carter! And I feel like I don’t remember them with Payton either.. I really liked having these disposable underwear after I had Levi for my first week postpartum. They kind of have a high-waisted feel? And made me feel more secure than the hospital disposable underwear. I will say the only downside was they dried my skin out a little bit.. so I do suggest making sure you put a little lotion on with them. But it totally could have just been my skin too! The link is for the boy short style, but they do have a regular underwear style too.
I have been blessed to use The Spoiled Mama products throughout my pregnancy and now into my “fourth trimester” after having Levi! My newest product that I love is the Remodel Serum to help fade stretch marks. I have stretch marks from both Carter and Payton’s pregnancies but honestly didn’t get any new ones from Levi’s! I really think I owe that to my other favorite product that I’m also still using, The Spoiled Mama Tummy Butter. The Tummy Butter was a total staple throughout my pregnancy with Levi and thanks to that I never had that annoying and itchy pregnancy skin. I’d rub it on in the mornings and evenings, and it did wonders. Now that I’m postpartum and my stomach is getting (or I should say trying lol) back to normal, my skin is obviously loose around it and normally is uncomfortable. BUT I’ve been using the Remodel Serum and the Tummy Butter right after to help, and I’ve really enjoyed it. My stomach feels good, and I love that their products use safe and non-toxic ingredients. Add this to your postpartum list! You can shop the links I provided above, and use the code: NEXTPLAY for a discount!
My favorite postpartum outfit! I wore it home from the hospital, and continue to wear it even now. It’s comfy, soft, loose fitting, easy to nurse in, and somewhat makes me feel like I actually got dressed lol! This website has all kinds of nice maternity clothes, but this is one of my favorites. This set is also great for during pregnancy too. I wish I would have bought more than one set!
For soaking your booty.. and your body! I loved baths during all of my pregnancies, and about a week after I had Levi I took a nice warm bath with Epsom Salts and felt so nice and relaxed after. Just check with your doctor when you have the clear to take a bath, I’m sure it varies with everyone’s recoveries.
As their bottle says, “Take Care Down There.” I know the hospital provides Dermoplast? But I used this way more than that. I actually felt like I healed quicker down there, my swelling went down, and I wasn’t as uncomfortable as previous pregnancies. Earth Mama has other products too that I’ve enjoyed like their Nipple Butter, the Diaper balm for baby rashes, and their teas.
I know this one is a little more expensive than other nursing bras, but it’s been the most comfortable for me! I wear them almost every day right now, and even to bed at night just to keep the girls supported. They have tons of options on their website but this one is my current favorite! I do have one other one that’s more like a regular bra to wear that doubles as a hands free pumping bra too. It’s a great site to check out for pregnancy and postpartum clothing items!
I wish I would have known about this little gem sooner! I have been having awful postpartum cramps this time around. Especially when I go to feed Levi or using my breast pump. Sometimes they are dull, other times they feel like bad period cramps. I didn’t realize the more pregnancies you have, the more common and often painful your postpartum cramps are. I had asked the mama Instagram community if this was normal or what others did to help and there were so many that suggested this product! I definitely think it’s worth the try to see if it will help you too.
Bless that squirt bottle rinser that they give you at the hospital.. but you can slide that one aside and get one of these instead. Total game changer to take care of yourself after using the bathroom!
I know there are several brands for these! I linked one that I’ve used for all three of our babies. Especially in the very beginning of nursing when you’re extra sensitive, these are amazing to put inside of your bra. For a little extra relief? Put them in the refrigerator before you use them! Even if you don’t plan on breastfeeding, maybe snag a set just for relief too after labor and delivery.
Other random items/thoughts that I found helpful:
-Compression socks: I used a pair of Jeff’s from football that were SO helpful. I have never seen my feet and ankles so swollen the last couple weeks of pregnancy and even into postpartum! It’s nice to have a pair just incase that swelling gets intense.
-Water Bottle: Treat yourself to a cute new water bottle to make sure you’re staying ultra hydrated postpartum. I feel so much better when I make sure I drink tons of water throughout the day.
-Nutrition: It might sound repetitive, but try your best to eat nutritious foods throughout your postpartum journey. There have been days where I haven’t ate great and it effects everything. My mood, my energy, and my sleep (for the little that I’m getting lol). I realize it’s easier said than done, but it really will make things better. Having easy fruit or veggies to grab from the fridge, or healthy snacks from the pantry should be on your postpartum list too if possible!
Heating Pad: SO helpful for those postpartum cramps, and just feels nice when you’re recovering!
-Journal: An actual book to write in or even in your phone make some space. I am SO glad I took the time to write our birth story. Not just for my blog and for other’s to read, but it is mainly for me. It’s for me to look back on and remember those exact emotions I was feeling and going through. I have always loved writing as an outlet, but also to reflect on the life journey I have been blessed with. I think if you can take the time to write about the first moments with your baby or even during those late night feeding sessions you’ll be really happy you did!
-Help: Just want to remind you that it’s okay to ask for help. When you need to rest, go to an appointment, take some time for yourself, etc. Or if the help is from your doctor or therapist, please take it. Your mental health and clarity is just as important to care for too.
I know there are more items that many mama’s use during their postpartum recovery, but this list gives you an idea of the ones that I used the most! If you have any questions, please let me know! Thanks for catching up with the Next Play!
Lots of love & God Bless,