I honestly didn’t expect to love my postpartum experience as much as I did. Most of the things the nurses provided me with are AMAZING. Anyways, let’s jump right into the products!
- Mesh panties. Words cannot explain how comfy and just amazing they are! I would totally wear them over regular underwear any day! The nurses provided me with about 5 pairs.
- Pads. The essential product for postpartum. I received 4 packs of pads. They were cheap, crappy pads but hey, when you just had a baby quality pads aren’t much of a priority.
- Dermoplast. Aka my postpartum lifesaver. This spray helped soothe the soreness from my stitches SO much. If your hospital or place of delivery doesn’t provide this for you, I HIGHLY suggest getting your hands on some!
- Dibucaine ointment. I honestly didn’t use this all that much. It didn’t seem to help too much, but it did at least feel nice.
- Ice packs. The nurses gave me 2 ice packs. They were sort of like bean bags that you have to snap a tube inside of to make the pack cold. Again. Lifesaver. I really wish I would’ve asked for an extra or two!
- Peri bottle. I love this little bottle so darn much! It felt so nice on my stitches. Even now that my stitches have healed, I still use it. As a Muslim, it also makes a great wudhu cup (hands-free too)!
- Sitz bath. The nurses had me take this sitz bath tub home with me. I haven’t used it. Don’t really plan to either. It just seems like too much work and really confusing.
- Inflatable donut. This miracle of a donut is one of my favorite things ever. It relieved the pain of sitting on my stitches. I still use it to relieve some back pain while holding my daughter. It’s so comfy! If your location of choice doesn’t provide these, try rolling a towel up and shaping it into a donut!
I was also provided with some things for my daughter.
- Diapers. The nurses in the NICU gave me the rest of her diapers and an extra pack. They were size 1 Pampers.
- Bottles. Since she was in the NICU, they were formula feeding her (as much as I kept insisting on breastfeeding. She was perfectly fine too; just wouldn’t eat well). They gave me a bunch of the little bottles they use.
- Ready-to-eat formula. The nurses gave me a 4-pack of the Similac formula they were feeding her.
My recovery was smooth and mostly painless thanks to these products that are such little miracles of inventions. I’d love to hear what your favorite postpartum products were and what helped you recover!
One of the most exciting activities while pregnant was preparing my hospital bag. The thought of my baby arriving soon was thrilling. However, with all my excitement, I did overpack, so in this post I will also include what I didn’t need or use.
What I packed for myself:
- An extra outfit
- A robe
- A bunch of underwear
- Flip flops
- Washcloths (for warm compresses)
- Nursing pads
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Card games
- Snacks (Jolly Ranchers, pretzels, granola bars, Powerade)
What I packed for my husband:
- 2 extra outfits
- Socks and boxers
What I packed for my baby:
- 2 newborn outfits
- 1 size 1 outfit
- Hat and mittens
- Nursing cover
- Receiving blanket
- Baby blanket
- Car seat
A majority of these items went unused. The things I/we didn’t use are:
- My robe
- My underwear (I fell IN LOVE with the mesh undies they provide!)
- My flip flops (I just stayed in my hospital socks)
- My washcloths (They did an episiotomy instead of my warm compresses)
- Card games (I wound up in too much pain to even do anything)
- The entire diaper bag (My baby wound up staying in the NICU an extra day)
During my hospital stay I just lounged in the hospital gown, so unless you are disgusted by them, I recommend not packing a bunch of clothing for yourself. Also, I highly suggest you check with where you plan to deliver what exactly they provide for you and baby. Stay tuned for my next post where I’ll talk about what mine provided!
Before I begin the real story, let me just mention I’m 19 years old and the BIGGEST wimp when it comes to pain. However, I planned for a completely natural labor.
I was due Febuary 18, 2017. My little girl didn’t make her grand entrance though, so I had another OBGYN appointment to schedule an induction date (which was Febuary 25). My doctor checked my cervix and I was 1cm. Well, my little one being the stubborn girl she is, decided to start making her way into this world that night. I started labor at 11 PM on Febuary 21. I figured they were just Braxton Hicks contractions again. It wasn’t until 3 AM that I decided it was real and I needed to get to the hospital. From the start of my contractions, they were already mostly 5 minutes apart and a minute long.
We arrived at the hospital shortly after we called (we live like 1 mile from the hospital). When they checked my cervix I was at 4cm. Me and my husband instantly looked at each other with lit eyes. It completely took us by surprise!
We were then moved into the delivery room. I labored naturally for a few hours until I reached 6cm. My body went into sort of a shock and stopped progressing. They broke my water, which caused my little one’s heartbeat to drop. Seeing the nurses hurry to get me oxygen really put me into a panic, completely making me forget about the pain. Once they realized I still wasn’t progressing, they encouraged me to get an epidural, which I have been deathly terrified of. I refused for a while, but finally decided to go through with it to avoid a c-section. It was honestly painless and BOY did I feel a lot better. After a few more hours I was checked and was at 9 1/2cm! Within a half hour of being checked I noticed I started to get a strong urge to push, so my husband kept calling the nurses to get my OBGYN into the room. Finally, everyone came in and we started the delivery. With a tiny episiotomy, a natural tear, and about 10 pushes, my baby girl was born weighing 6lbs 80z at 7:54 AM. I was a little out of it from the epidural, so there wasn’t any dramatic crying, but I was in absolute awe. She was super calm and quiet, which later I learned was because she had respiratory issues from all the oxygen I had. She was immediately taken to the NICU and stayed there until we got to take her home Febuary 25.
Now my little Jannah is extremely strong in multiple aspects. She is very alert and observative. Although I didn’t get my all natural labor, I did overcome a LOT of my fears and got a beautiful baby girl out of it.