Whether you have a vaginal birth or a caesarean, there’s no doubt that giving birth takes its toll on your body. You’ll be achey, exhausted and possibly dealing with stitches from surgery, an episiotomy or a tear. All that while learning how to look after the tiny human you’ve created!
But with a bit of forward planning you’ll have everything you need on hand to keep you clean and comfortable, and be able to focus all of your attention on your perfect newborn. Here are five products you shouldn’t be without…
For your sore bits: My Expert Midwife Spritz for Bits
Say hello to your postpartum saviour, My Expert Midwife’s Spritz for Bits. Comprised of lavender oil, tea tree oil and witch hazel, this is going to be your new favourite thing after giving birth (apart from your new baby, of course). Spray directly onto your bits or onto a fresh maternity pad when you go to the loo for instant relief from the swelling and discomfort you’re likely experiencing. You could even keep it in the fridge to make it extra refreshing.
My Expert Midwife Spritz for Bits, £19.50, Amazon
For aching muscles: Arnica
Giving birth is the biggest workout of your lifetime, so it’s no wonder you’ll be left feeling achey, swollen and even bruised afterwards. This is where Arnica comes in. Rub a massage oil with arnica extract into your aching muscles; it will aid circulation and help underlying tissue to rebuild its strength, allowing you to heal quickly.
For your nipples: Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Nipple Cream
If you choose to breastfeed, it is a learning experience for both you and your baby, and may well be uncomfortable to start with until you’ve perfected your latch and positioning. But if there’s one thing that can soothe cracked and sore nipples instantly it’s Lansinoh’s nipple cream, which uses natural ingredients so you don’t need to wash it off before feeding, either. A must for every mum’s hospital bag.
Lansinoh HPA Lanolin nipple cream, £7.99, Amazon
For those postpartum cramps: Paracetamol
After giving birth your uterus is hard at work shrinking back to it’s pre-baby size, and many women experience menstrual-like cramps as it changes, particularly when breastfeeding. Prepare yourself by taking paracetamol before you feed, which will ease any discomfort. Always follow the instructions on the pack for your recommended dosage.
For loose skin: Mama Mio Tummy Rub Butter
After giving birth you will still look heavily pregnant for some time as your body slowly sheds the extra fluids and blood from pregnancy and begins to contract. Just as you likely slathered on oil or moisturiser during your pregnancy to prevent stretch marks and nourish your growing bump, it’s important to keep doing so after birth too. Not only will it keep your skin soft and supple, the gentle massage may aid lymphatic drainage and boost your circulation, and no doubt help you feel better in yourself, too.
Mama Mio Tummy Rub Butter, £23.95, Amazon
Which products did you rely on after giving birth? Share your must-haves in the comments below.
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