Recovery was a little rough for me. You always hear people talk about child labour, but I don’t think I was prepared for the aftermath. For me, the first week was worst than child labour. Now I’m not sure if it’s because I had an episiotomy and JT had to be assisted by vacuum.
After the epidural wore off, I could not believe the amount of pain I was in. It was extremely difficult to move around, especially doing things such as: sitting down, getting up, laying down, getting in and out of the car. Bladder control was a bit of an issue too in the first few days.
The hospital put me on a self-administered pain relief program where you alternate between extra strength Advil and Tylenol every 4 hours. Although because of the amount of pain I felt, I was alternating every 3 hours. To be honest, I kind of wished they kept me on the epidural longer… or give me some prescription grade pain killers – but I guess they don’t want new moms hooked up on pain killers.
Anyways without going into further details, I’ve compiled some must have items for postpartum recovery (or survival lol)… so whether you’re going to give birth soon, or want to put something together for a close friend – here are my recommendations on what helped me along the way.
- Padsicles – Try to prepare this before delivery.
- Poise Pads
- Thayer’s witch hazel (alcohol free)
- Aloe vera gel
- Lavender essential oil (optional)
- I recommend TENA and grabbing two sizes. One in your actual size and a larger size for bedtime. I found the looser version more comfortable for sleeping, and you feel like it’s letting the area “breathe” or air out better.
- Amazon pads
– I like the cool version for the carpel tunnel pain and heated up for the postpartum contractions and for the breasts
- For your tender lady parts (and the haemorrhoids)
- I think you know where I’m going with this. Do whatever it takes to make your first bowel movement smoother.