There are only a few days left before “D” day. You have your bags packed, the nursery ready, and birth plan in hand. Your mom, friends, and grandma have given you the cute outfits, swaddles, and burp cloths. However, do you have the most important things that you will need post baby ready to go? Some of the most important things are those things that most people just don’t want to talk about. Well today is your lucky day because I am spilling the beans. These are the true 10 post-baby must haves nobody talks about!
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1. Pads Yes, think about what your body has just been through. These are an absolute MUST HAVE! Generally the hospital will give you some while you are there but you will need a stockpile at home! I preferred the thin pads with super protection. That way, at least by the time you get home from the hospital you don’t feel like you are wearing a diaper!
2. Hemorrhoidal Pads– Like I just said, think about what your body has just been through. You will appreciate these!
3. Lanolin– Chances are nursing or pumping is going to hurt at first. I personally don’t know a single person that said it was a breeze. Lanolin can provide you with some relief!
4. Nursing Pads– You don’t want to be that girl in public with the big wet spot on her chest. Not saying that it won’t happen, but these just make it a little less likely.
5. Oatmeal Balls– No one told me how seriously hungry I would be those first few weeks of nursing. I was under the impression that the weight was just going to melt off…if only someone had mentioned the extreme hunger. Have a bunch of these in your freezer for when you get home or have someone bring them to the hospital! They are also a great gift idea for a new mom!
6. Epsom Salt– They strongly encourage that you sit in baths with soaking salts post baby. It helps with the healing process down there. You’ll want some on hand when you get home to follow the soaking instructions your hospital/doctor give you.
7.Stool Softeners– I somehow got lucky in this area. Apparently the first time you have to poo isn’t such a walk in the park for most people. These may help you along. Again, remember what your body just went through!
8. Ice Packs – You’ll want one that is thin enough to fit down there nicely. It will help relieve some of the ouch you may experience post-baby!
9. Comfortable Yoga Pants – You will most likely be done with the pregnancy clothes, but chances are very strong that you aren’t going to fit into your pre-pregnancy wardrobe.
10. Comfortable Bra – Nursing or not your breasts will be large when your milk comes in. You’ll want to have that nice supportive bra to control those girls until they level off!
Yes, it’s true the aftermath of having a baby isn’t always pretty. That sweet sweet baby may do a number on your body but it’s all worth it in the end. These must-haves will hopefully make those first few days post-baby a little more manageable!
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