Things YOU will need the days after birth

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 47
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I planned the big panties so I could fit huge pads in it, but then I couldn’t wear them because they came right to my incision because I had an unplanned c-section.

I had to send my mom to buy me panties on Dec. 24…

So be sure to have a few pairs that sit really high on your stomach so that if you end up with a c-section you don’t have to send someone to the store to get you the right king of panties because you can barely walk and you don’t have time to shop with the new baby!

I second the idea of bottled water, easy snacks and tissues as well. And, sadly, I second the bee who said adult diapers. I needed them before birth when my water broke (it took 24h after it broke before I was even admitted to the hospital due to not having contractions); and then after the birth, it was just easier to get out of a pair and put another one than deal with the pads and stuff..

 

Post # 48
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I second the pillow for breast feeding. Also Lanolin cream is a great thing to have for dry/cracked/tender nipples. I would also add straws (we didn’t have any in the house and Fiance had to get some). It was just soooo much easier to breastfeed laying down and have the straw to drink water/juice from. I would also recommend a treat to motivate yourself to lose the baby weight (a pair of new jeans that are your pre-baby weight), a treat that you can have when you make it through the first week of breastfeeding (because it was HARD), or maybe write yourself a little motivational card that says “yes, you CAN do it. You will be a great Mommy. No matter how tired you are and how bad you think you’re doing, your baby absolutely loves you and you are their world.”

Post # 49
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Blushing bee

Lots of comfy pants…LOTS

Post # 50
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@vintage2010:  This is a great list – I’m sure it will benefit other first time moms! I found that I needed pretty much everything you listed, but luckily got most of it from the hospital (cold pack pads, mega pads, pads fo the bed, Tucks pads, numbing spray, peri bottle, mesh panties, nibble shells, etc.). I failed to get a perscription for pain medication, but I really wish I had it. I had much more pain after I started moving around more at home. I called and begged for an Rx and they wrote me a script on Friday, but when I went to get it filled, it was missing the DEA number… so the end of the story is that I can’t get any precription pain meds until Monday and it sucks!!!

@HeavyMetalMomma:  That’s funny that you mention straws… I am 5 days post-partum and am treating the 3 straws I happened to have in the house before the baby like gold. My mom has even been washing and drying them for me, lol! Just so much easier to drink from when nursing or laying on the bed/couch. I think I need that 1-week-of-bf’ing treat… it is hard!

The only things I’d maybe add to the list would be:

-pjs that button down the front to wear in the hospital

-lightweight robe for the hospital

-slippers/flips for the hospital

-nibble shells (provide space between nipples and shirt and allow them to air dry) – the hopsital gave me them to me, but I don’t know if all do

-hot/cold packs for the boobs – I know someone already mentioned this, but I wanted to recommend these specific ones – I have them and really like them so far: http://www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/breastfeeding-support/booby-tubes.html (purchased via amazon)

-nipple butter/cream – I have the one below, also lanolin and another brand

http://www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/breastfeeding-support/natural-nipple-butter.html

-bottom spray (not necessary if you have Tucks, but it smells good and is soothing)

http://www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/postpartum-recovery/new-mama-bottom-spray.html

-newborn sleepers with zippers, not snaps

-meals in the fridge/freezer or someone to cook for you

It’s HARD having your bottom kill, your nipples kill, and being totally sleep deprived, but it is true what everyone says – SO WORTH IT.

Post # 51
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

OH, and a few pj’s!

I was induced and then had an epidural and was hooked on fluids for a LONG time!

Every night, I would sweat all this liquid out, but needed to change PJs everytime I woke up for a feeding because I was soaked.

I would sleep with towels under me, extra pj’s on hand and an extra blanket just in case I had to switch. This lasted about 2 weeks

Post # 52
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

This list is really helpful.  I hope I never have to have an episiotomy!  But I’m petite and my husband has an unusually large head, so I assume when I have a baby I’m gonna be screwed.

Post # 53
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Thank you for this list!

Post # 54
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Thanks everyone !!

Post # 55
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ohhhh, commenting so I can find this when the time comes! Thanks! 

 

Post # 56
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Helper bee

@strawbabies:  I was a ginormous baby, like, almost 9 lbs, and about 21/22″ long.  Both of my babies were about 6-7lbs. and 16″ long.  So, you might luck out.

Post # 57
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Thanks so much for this list and everyone’s suggestions!  I am being induced first thing tomorrow morning and I still feel so unprepared!  Looks like I’m going shopping today. 

Post # 58
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Thank you so much for this list!

Post # 59
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Saving this for later…

Post # 60
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Saving this for later…

Post # 61
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2006

Thanks for this thread. Very informative. 

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