As a mama of two who has gone through the postpartum journey twice now, I know how overwhelming and challenging it can be. That’s why I created this resource to help make things easier for you. The essential items listed below are my personal tried and true recommendations. They helped me heal and thrive during my postpartum journey. I believe that preparation is KEY to a healthy and happy postpartum experience, and this blog is here to help guide you in that process. Whether you’re expecting your first baby or already in the midst of your postpartum journey, I hope this resource can help make your postpartum experience a little easier and more enjoyable. Let’s dive in!
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Whether it’s a family member, or a doula who specializes in postpartum care, it’s so important to have someone on board that’s going to be there to help assist you and your partner with your baby. I remember thinking it wasn’t necessary for my first baby, but now after having two children and reflecting on both of my postpartum experiences, having help will make your postpartum experience so much better. Sit down with your partner and come up with a plan for those first few weeks. Preparation is everything!
AfterEase is a must for pain. I had my first baby at a birthing center, which was in a hospital. After I gave birth, the nurses had me take Advil every 3 hours for pain, which helped a little bit in the short term, but made me feel worse in the long run. The side effects were terrible, especially as someone who never takes over the counter medication. With my son, I took AfterEase for pain instead of Advil, and I could tell such a huge difference in how I felt and how my body healed. The recovery was way easier. Highly recommend.
After you give birth, you can experience “the baby blues” and so to get out ahead of it, I bought this tincture to see how it would make me feel. Since I was already taking my placenta pills, I didn’t feel like I needed this as much, but for anyone not going the placenta encapsulation route, this tincture is a great alternative if you’re looking for something natural to help with mood.
This tea is the holy grail for increased milk supply.
Use this mixture as a bath or mix up some to add to your peri bottle for extra healing and comfort.
In addition to nourishing your body with healthy, whole, plant-rich foods, supplements can be a powerful way to support your body’s healing process. As always, consult with your midwife, doctor, or healthcare provider and find a regimen that’s aligned with your lifestyle. It’s important not to overdo it. I’m sharing the supplements that helped me thrive below!
These are supplements I had on hand but didn’t take every single day…
Postnatal Vitamin: Your body is going through so many changes after you have a baby. Postnatal vitamins can be an excellent way to support your body and brain. I took this postnatal vitamin and LOVED it.
(Your) Placenta Pills: Yep! You read that right. I have to admit, when I first heard about placenta encapsulation, I was a bit skeptical. But as I started doing my own research and talking to other moms who did it, I became more and more intrigued. And when I finally decided to try it myself, I was blown away by the results. My experience was just too good not to share, so I had to include it on this list. Of course, everyone’s experience is different, and it’s important to do what’s best for you. If you want to hear more about my experience, this blog post has all the details. Check it out!
Okay, friends there you have it! That’s the list. If you found this blog helpful, be sure to save it or share it with a friend who’s expecting, and let’s support each other on this incredible journey of motherhood.
Wishing you a happy and healthy postpartum experience!
xo – Chelsea
~ If you enjoyed reading this blog post, you may also find ‘Postpartum Tips & Insights: What I Wish I Knew Before I Gave Birth‘ helpful. It’s packed with additional tips and insights that I wish I had known before giving birth.
Chelsea Backman is a proud mother, a national board certified health & wellness coach, personal development mentor, and an entrepreneur who has turned her love for holistic health and wellness into a holistic lifestyle blog, coaching business, and wellness brand,
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